reviews

  • Dan Peterman

    Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (MCA Chicago)

    Dan Peterman was engaged in the practice of “adaptive reuse” long before the term came into vogue. Distinct from recycling, reprocessing, and rehabbing, adaptive reuse doesn’t run materials through the consumer mill again. Instead, like the artistic practice of working with found objects, it refers to the alteration of things, often the detritus of industrial and/or commercial activity, into something new that reveals their sources while turning them to another use. When Peterman takes the kind of ubiquitous supermarket shopping cart often appropriated by homeless people and efficiently turns

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