The School of Art & Art History welcomes you to join us for the reception of Adaptations for the Understudy, the first in a series of three UIC MFA Thesis Exhibitions in Studio Arts, Photography, Moving Image, and New Media Arts. Artists Jose Luis Benavides, Lorenzo Gattorna, Liz McCarthy, and Roni Packer will participate in a discussion moderated by Maggie Taft in the Gallery 400 lecture room at 5pm.
A mood of reverence imbues the assembled works of Adaptations for the Understudy, a feeling of deep history and geography traversed. The body is not a fixed or immovable object, instead asserting itself in many environments within the exhibition: the body contained within a cultural context, the institutionalized body, the body transmuted into form, and the body interacting with the natural world. This body has a physical agency; it’s surroundings shape it and it shapes its surroundings. Moments of muted and amplified subjectivities, bodies and actors shaping the content of their own surroundings gives quiet power to the works in Adaptation for the Understudy. Processes of translation, re-enactment, and making material surface human energies that make likenesses of themselves.