previews

Chicago

“ANNE IMHOF: SEX”

The Art Institute of Chicago
111 South Michigan Avenue
May 31–July 7

Curated by Hendrik Folkerts

Few artists distill the feeling of postmillennial disaffection as deftly as Anne Imhof, whose ethereal performances include such mediagenic elements as razors, fire, young people vaping, and drones. Imhof also makes inventive use of the Berghain-scale crowds that come to view her work live: For Faust, 2017, at the Venice Biennale, she outfitted the German pavilion with an elevated glass floor so that the piece could unfold not only amid her visitors but inches below them—immediate but untouchable, as if happening on-screen. Now Imhof is back with Sex, a work presented in three chapters—the first opened at London’s Tate Modern in March, and the last will appear at Turin’s Castello di Rivoli in 2020. Chapter two brings Imhof to Chicago for three days of performance (May 30–June 1), with a score composed in collaboration with Amnesia Scanner’s Ville Haimala and artists Billy Bultheel and Eliza Douglas. The aftermath of that presentation, as well as new paintings and sculptures, will remain on view through July 7.