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Roni Horn

The Art Institute of Chicago

An extensive iteration of Roni Horn’s encyclopedic project to photograph the Thames, staged at the Art Institute of Chicago, saw the artist partner her own signature fluidity with the solidity of the modernist canon. Curated by James Rondeau, this remarkable exhibition, “Some Thames,” consisted of seventy-seven framed photographs installed throughout twenty-five galleries devoted to the museum’s permanent collection of modern and contemporary art, as well as in its corridors, stairwells, lobbies, offices, and library.

The footnotes that Horn employs in her work usually provide textual counterpoints, but in Saying Water, 1999–, a monologue that she performed at the exhibition’s opening, literary allusions became discursive. Dressed in black jacket and pants, she assumed the mannered cadence of a poet, showing slides and interrogating her work, her viewers, and herself. Emphasizing in her

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