previews

  • Petah Coyne

    Chicago Cultural Center
    78 E. Washington Street
    May 14–August 21

    Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
    4420 Warwick Boulevard
    September 17–December 4

    SculptureCenter
    44-19 Purves Street
    January 16–April 10

    Curated by Douglas Dreishpoon

    Returning to the SculptureCenter, host of her breakthrough debut in 1987, the queen of mixed media brings nearly two decades of prolific creation full circle. Laboriously constructed from hair, wax, chicken wire, silk, hay, tar, ribbon, and myriad other materials, her trademark hanging, spreading, or climbing tangles, lumps, and clumps—simultaneously repulsive and gorgeous—stage encounters with delicacy and ponderousness, purity and dreck. With fourteen large-scale sculptures and eight dreamlike black-and-white photographs on view, this nineteen-year survey promises the quintessential Coyne experience.

    Travels to the Chicago Cultural Center, May 14–Aug. 21; Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO Sept. 17–Dec. 4; and other venues.

  • “Universal Experience: Art, Life, and the Tourist's Eye”

    Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (MCA Chicago)
    220 East Chicago Avenue
    February 12–June 5

    Curated by Francesco Bonami

    “So sorry to hear that you are still not over us. Come back to Vietnam for closure!” It’s estimated that, by 2010, the number of people who travel internationally will reach one billion, but, as Dinh Q. Lê’s sardonic poster implies, the relationship between traveler and destination remains unsettled. This show aims to illuminate our mediated interaction with the wider world, exploring the complexities of the tourist attraction. Bonami, who contributes to the accompanying catalogue-cum-guidebook, leads us through the work of some seventy disparate artists, from Kyoichi Tsuzuki’s photographs of Japanese roadside follies to Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset’s sculpture Short Cut, 2003, a dramatic illustration of the urge to explore.