Chicago

From Standard Kiosk (Chicago), 2004. Computer realization by Chuck Seen.

From Standard Kiosk (Chicago), 2004. Computer realization by Chuck Seen.

Chicago

Dan Peterman

Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (MCA Chicago)
220 East Chicago Avenue
June 26–September 12, 2004

Curated by Lynne Warren

“Environmental” is the lazy way of describing Dan Peterman’s work. While his art is about resource recovery— he incorporates recycled materials into his projects—it’s also alchemical, sociological, and activist. Formally indebted to Smithson and Judd, Peterman’s pioneering work still holds underground standing in his home city of Chicago, but his first major survey in the US should change that. Seventeen works made since 1985 constitute the show’s bulk, while an archive features site-specific and nonextant projects. Peterman has also created four new installations, including a truck retrofitted with recycled scientific equipment. Most in keeping with Peterman’s ethos is a group of waste receptacles altered to accommodate social uses and created in collaboration with the Chicago Park District.