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Event: Artist Talk Max Guy

An open book with two clocks transposed on each side. Both clocks are pointing to 10:36.
Courtesy of Max Guy


February 17, 2022


5:00–6:30 pm


Virtual Via Zoom


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A lecture with Chicago-based artist Max Guy. Across sculpture, collage, mask making, and humorous performances, Guy’s practice investigates networks of global trade. His featured work in Crip*, I’m a Game #1, draws from his experiences as a diabetic to examine cybernetics and the history and uses of the Japanese game Go.

Moderated by Denny Mwaura, the two discuss the materiality of light in Guy’s experimental practice with image-making technology, the cultural exchanges between Black American culture and Japan, video games, and theater.


Max Guy (b. 1989, McAllen TX) lives in Chicago, IL. received his BFA in 2011 from Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore; and MFA in 2016 from Northwestern University, Evanston. He has exhibited at the MCA Chicago, Prairie Gallery, Produce Model, and Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago; Malmö Museum of Art, What Pipeline, Detroit; and Galeria Federico Vavassori, Milan. Publications include NewCity, the Chicago Reader, the Chicago Tribune, Hyperallergic, and Artforum. His bibliography includes ‘Sustainable Societies for the Future,’ on Motto Books. He works as Manager of Institutional Giving at Hyde Park Art Center.


Access Information: This free event will take place live on Zoom and will be recorded. ASL and real-time captions will be provided. For any access requests, please contact  or call (312) 996-6114


Max Guy from Art & Art History at UIC on Vimeo.

Suggested Reading:

Kerry Cardoza, “Max Guy Imagines Other Worlds, in Art and Life,” Newcity Art, May 27, 2020.

Yukiko Koshiro, “Beyond an Alliance of Color: The African American Impact on Modern Japan,” positions: east asia cultures critique,  February 1, 2003.

Reed Everette, “Breaking the Surface at Heaven Gallery with Erin Hayden and Max GuySixty Inches From Center, January 12, 2021.