1920s "Demonstration Room" inspired the exhibit layout, a space
designed to mimic an architect's office. Lissitzky's exhibit challenged
the Western tradition of viewing art without associations by exhibiting
art within a historic and conceptual framework.
Room: Ideal House" uses that idea, blurring the boundary between
artwork and exhibition space in order to demonstrate how context
is critical to one's experience of art.
in this exhibition are framed by four overlapping themes," said
Lorelei Stewart, visiting director of Gallery 400. "They include
disposable or moveable housing, a house as an all encompassing work
of art, collective housing and experiments in communal living, as
well as shanty towns and how they illuminate and critique utopian
notions of community life."
curated by Jesús Fuenmayor and Julieta González, consists of works
commissioned by many artists including: Francis Al˙s, Carla Arocha,
Minerva Cuevas, Liam Gillick, Dan Graham, José Antonio Hernández-Diez,
Ernesto Neto, Javier Tellez and Sergio Vega.
curators and many of the artists involved in the exhibition are
from South America, it is important to note the socio-political
arena their ideas came from," said Stewart.
runs from Jan. 15 through Feb. 23. Gallery hours are Tuesday through
Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Direct exhibit
questions to UIC Gallery 400, (312) 996-6114.