Voices: Lee Plested

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Some Ideas On Display

Date: Tuesday, October 29
Time: 6pm
Location: Gallery 400 Lecture Room

Lecture Title: Some Ideas on Display

Presenting a mixture of curated and artist projects, Lee Plested investigates various exhibition apparatus and interpretive strategies that enable the viewer as an active subject, discussing methods he's utilized to create these display-based propositions within exhibitions to formalize interdependent encounters with essentially autonomous objects, their histories, and social resonance. Tea will be served.

Lee Plested is a curator from Vancouver, Canada, currently living in Berlin. Interested in making as a form of philosophical enquiry, projects often take up aspects of material culture as subject in contemporary artist practice. Inspired by the accomplishments of critical art, Plested works to frame recent gestures within this trajectory to further discussions of autonomy in the face of alienation, artist as commentator and the potential for art to impact our life world.


Recent exhibitions include the poets have always preceded, Vancouver Art and Poetry, 1960 - present, Griffin Art Projects, Vancouver, Primary Research Lab: Minimalist Labs and Field Research, Western Gallery, WWU, Bellingham, and Material Witness: Mario Garcia Torres and Konrad Wendt, Belkin Gallery, UBC, Vancouver. Plested has organized solo projects with John Baldessari, Janice Guy, Lee Lozano, Steven Shearer, Frances Stark, B Wurtz and many more. His writing has appeared in Artforum, Canadian Art, and Art21.



At Gallery 400, we strive to continually increase the accessibility of our physical space, exhibitions, and programs. Through growing relationships with partners at UIC and the wider disability community in Chicago, we strive to integrate creative access measures into our exhibition and program planning from the outset. We will continue to work transparently with individuals and organizations to improve our institutional practices and create spaces that are accessible to all. We welcome any feedback or ideas that you may have.

Gallery 400 is located on the first level of the Art & Exhibition Hall building with a push-button accessible door and can be accessed by a set of stairs with a railing or an elevator (Level 1R). If there are any barriers to entry on the day of the event, we will post updates through our social media channels.

There are two all-gender restrooms located on the same floor as Gallery 400. While the restrooms are accessible to wheelchair users, the door to the restroom is not. Visitors who use wheelchairs can request personal assistance with opening and closing the restroom doors by asking any Gallery 400 staff member.

The entrance to the building is located in a turn-around where visitors may be dropped off right outside the main door. The closest UIC public parking lot is the Harrison Street Parking Structure. Further information regarding parking on campus can be found at UIC Parking Services. Motorist assistance is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, by calling 312.355.0555.

Gallery staff can provide chairs in the gallery space upon request. The front desk attendant is trained in Personal Assistance and can provide audio description, large text labels, and transcriptions.

Other accessibility services are available upon request and may be arranged by contacting the gallery at 312-996-6114 or emailing Gallery 400 at gallery400engagement@gmail.com.


Image credit:Robert Filliou, Video Breakfast Together, If You Wish, 1979, video (still). Courtesy Collection of the Western Front, Vancouver.