previews

  • “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.

  • “JONATHAS DE ANDRADE: ONE TO ONE”

    Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (MCA Chicago)
    220 East Chicago Avenue
    April 13–August 25

    Curated by José Esparza Chong Cuy

    Over the past decade, Jonathas de Andrade has proven himself to be among the keenest visual interpreters of the Brazilian psyche. In installations, photographs, films, and performances, the Maceió-born artist has undertaken an elaborate investigation of race and class in a nation whose delirious quest for progress and modernity is still marked by the lethal remnants of slavery. This condition, and the place of the black male body within it, has shaped the work in the artist’s most significant museum presentation to date. Accompanied by a rich catalogue, the show comprises new, never-before-exhibited works, including a video commissioned by the MCA Chicago, alongside de Andrade’s monumental 2014 installation Suar a camisa (Working Up a Sweat), featuring 120 sweat-stained T-shirts worn by Brazilian workers.