From the series Some Thames, 1999-present.


Roni Horn

The Art Institute of Chicago
111 South Michigan Avenue
May 25–September 5

Curated by James Rondeau

For Roni Horn’s show, over eighty photographs of the eponymous river in her ongoing Some Thames are installed in a lateral sequence coursing through the Art Institute’s public spaces (collection and exhibition galleries) and private recesses (the library and administrative offices). On view in its entirety for the first time in the US, the series is accompanied by Saying Water, Horn’s slide show and performance comprising visual and historical anecdotes relating to the Thames. Here, the dark surface opacity of Some Thames’s mutable, oily material is penetrated by the haunting narratives of suicide and drowning that lurked too long beneath the surface. To get lost in the formal inquiry of Horn’s subtle enunciations is to risk getting caught in her undertow.