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Jorge Pardo

Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (MCA Chicago)

Had you visited the new MCA building in Chicago in the past few months, you too would have stumbled across a gorgeous white sailboat resting inside the museum’s dramatic four-story atrium as if in dry dock. This, the main element of Jorge Pardo’s exhibition project Untitled, 1997, was both more and less than what it appeared to be. It was, to a certain extent, an adjusted readymade: a racing boat (the Santa Cruz 27, originally created by designer Bill Lee), or at least its shell, the interior of which had been slightly modified, according to Pardo, to reflect his interest in the Modernist architecture of Rudolph Schindler’s 1922 home. The other part of Pardo’s project consisted of a series of displays (installed in an upstairs gallery space) that changed every week over a three-month period. The second installment, for example, featured a Martin Puryear sculpture from the MCA’s collection,

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