Next month, contemporary Indian artist Jitish Kallat’s Public Notice 3 will open on the Art Institute’s own Woman’s Board Grand Staircase. Kallat was here at the museum this week to view a mock-up of the site-specific installation and speak with Alsdorf Associate Curator of Indian & Islamic Art Madhuvanti Ghose about the piece and its significance to the Art Institute.
Public Notice 3 will appropriate the text from Swami Vivekananda’s famous speech at the Art Institute (in what is currently Fullerton Hall) on the subject of religious tolerance and present it on LED displays on the steps of the Grand Staircase. Coincidentally, the speech took place in conjunction with the World’s Columbian Exposition on September 11, 1893, obviously a date that has exceptional significance to us today. About the work, Kallat said “It’s not just the confluence of dates, but of dates and sites,” and will juxtapose Vivekananda’s progressive views on tolerance with the terrorist attacks that occurred 108 years later on September 11, 2001. Each word will also be randomly assigned a color that’s used by the Department of Homeland Security to denote terror levels. Similar to Kallat’s previous work (which includes Public Notice and Public Notice - 2), the work conflates words, mapping, color, and site to provide a “framework to look at the world as it is today.”
We’ll post their full conversation in a few weeks, so stay tuned.
Public Notice 3 will officially open on September 11, but you can get a preview at After Dark on Friday, September 10.
2 hours 2 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago CLOSING SUNDAY—Design Episodes: The Modern Chair
Explore the evolution of the modern chair in the 20th century with iconic examples from makers like Charles and Ray Eames, Le Corbusier and Charlotte Perriand, and Harry Bertoia, among others.
THE MODERN CHAIR—http://bit.ly/2dD4Xy0
22 hours 5 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago CLOSING SOON—Supernatural Shakespeare
While Shakespeare’s title characters might have the most name recognition, the Bard’s meddling witches and mischievous faerie folk often steal the show. See this focused installation before it closes October 10.
1 day 1 hour ago The Art Institute of Chicago THURSDAY at 6:00—Join us for a tour of works in our collection presented in American Sign Language with voice interpretation.