artists-Marta Deskur and Robert Rumas-will host their work at Gallery
400 at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Deskur and Rumas'
work reveals the radical changes in Polish social life since the
collapse of communism. Deskur's work includes selections from the
"Family" series in large-scale light boxes and videos, while Rumas'
"Urban Manoeuvres" are street signs depicting unexpected pictograms.
portrays an invented and ever-growing family, illuminating the evolving
definition of and relations within contemporary family life," said
Lorelei Stewart, visiting director of Gallery 400. "Rumas' sign
project proves one aspect of the structuring of everyday life, as
well as the limitations of current public discourse, revealing taboo
subjects like rape or child molestation, or everyday activity, like
love or rest, through the authoritative voice of basic public signage."
The artists' visit is sponsored in cooperation with "In Between:
Polish Art, 1945 to 2000."
Thursday, Jan. 18
4 - 7 p.m.
400 S. Peoria St.
are part of "In Between: Art from Poland 1945 to 2000"-the first
major survey of Polish art in the United States, organized by the
Chicago Cultural Center. In Between is designed to introduce the
American audience to the significant artists and aesthetic issues
that have shaped the contemporary art of Poland.
has traced historical movements of significant art from the postwar
period to today," said Stewart. "We are honored to be part of a
collaboration with the Chicago Cultural Center, the Art Institute
of Chicago, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Renaissance Society
and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago."
runs from Jan. 10 through Feb. 3, 2001. Gallery hours are Tuesday
through Friday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Saturday, noon - 5 p.m. Direct
exhibit questions to Stewart at Gallery 400, (312) 996-6114.