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"focus: Roni Horn"
2004-05-26 until 2004-09-05
Art Institute of Chicago
Roni Horn (b. 1955), one of the truly great American artists of her generation, has produced a diverse body of work in a variety of mediums, including sculpture, photography, drawing, essays, and artist books. Although difficult to summarize, Horn's work fuses the inherited, formal legacies of minimalism with a sustained exploration of identity and difference. Nature and language (literature and poetry) are her primary inspirations. Over the last twenty-five years, Horn has spent a significant part of her time in Iceland; she refers to the landscape there as an extension of her studio. Since 1990, the artist has consistently explored the strategy of pairing; pairs of simple elements are positioned in such a way as to define themselves through both similarity and difference.
For Roni Horn's focus exhibition, the artist will present an installation of photo-lithographs from the series Still Water (1999-present), an on-going, poetic study of the Thames River that was inspired by the artist's interest in the visual and literary possibilities of opaque water. The work will be installed throughout public spaces (museum galleries and transitional spaces such as lobbies, corridors, and restrooms) as well as private spaces (administrative offices and service areas). This exhibition-the first presentation of the complete work in the United States-will be anchored by a public performance of Horn's spoken word/slide piece, Another Water (1999), an evocative series of visual observations and historical anecdotes relating to the Thames. Horn's performance will take place in Fullerton Auditorium at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 25th.
Organizer: focus: Roni Horn was organized by The Art Institute of Chicago.
Curator: James Rondeau, Frances and Thomas Dittmer Curator of Contemporary Art, The Art Institute of Chicago