Chicago

Christopher Williams, Bergische Bauernscheune, Junkersholz, Leichlingen, September 29th, 2009, ink-jet print, 17 x 21 5/8".

Christopher Williams, Bergische Bauernscheune, Junkersholz, Leichlingen, September 29th, 2009, ink-jet print, 17 x 21 5/8".

Chicago

“Christopher Williams: The Production Line of Happiness”

The Art Institute of Chicago
111 South Michigan Avenue
January 24–May 18, 2014

Curated by Matthew S. Witkovsky, Mark Godfrey, and Roxana Marcoci

Conceptual artist Christopher Williams’s first museum retrospective, featuring his trademark photographs, films, and videos from the last thirty-five years, is sure to be a nontraditional survey: Williams has conceived all three incarnations of this traveling exhibition as works in their own right, each fitted with site-specific interventions that will reflect on the architecture of that venue. An extensive publication—more artists’ book than catalogue—accompanies the project, containing essays by Godfrey, Marcoci, and Witkovsky along with a wide selection of source material: lists, budgets, contracts, and manifestos authored by Daniel Buren, Morgan Fisher, and Scritti Politti, among many others. Characteristic of all Williams’s output, this book analyzes the parameters and conditions of its own production. Travels to the Museum of Modern Art, New York, Aug. 2–Nov. 2; Whitechapel Gallery, London, Apr.–June 2015.