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Nora Schultz, parrottree—building for bigger than real, 2014, mixed media. Installation view.

Nora Schultz

The Renaissance Society

Nora Schultz, parrottree—building for bigger than real, 2014, mixed media. Installation view.

Berlin-based artist Nora Schultz’s American solo debut, “parrottree—building for bigger than real,” featured a single installation of the same title, which referenced the monk parakeets that famously build elaborate roosts in the plentiful aeries of Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood. The rogue South American parrots are a reminder of both colonial encounters and local politics, as the late Chicago mayor Harold Washington once protected the birds from removal. Mimicking the parakeets’ repurposing of found materials for their nests, Schultz (whose work was recently featured in the 2012 exhibition “Ecstatic Alphabets/Heaps of Language” at the Museum of Modern Art in New York) built in situ sculptures that blended locally scavenged materials with a heavy dose of tropes borrowed from the interwar avant-garde.

At first glance, the Renaissance Society appeared empty but for a work

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