Chicago

Chicago

Jana Sterbak

Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (MCA Chicago)
220 East Chicago Avenue
October 10, 1998–February 21, 1999

As this midcareer survey, curated by the MCA’s Amada Cruz, will undoubtedly make clear, Jana Sterbak’s work packs a punch—included is a re-creation of her infamous chair made of fresh flank steak. But her art doesn’t end there. In more conservative, and conservable, media—photographs, videos, installation, and mechanical sculptures—Sterbak images states of abjection; drawing on a formal vocabulary and idioms that originate in feminist practice, she comments on the fragility of identity without falling prey to sentimentality. And there’s enough edge and voyeuristic appeal to make the horror seductive.