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Opening Reception: “Frances Stark—Intimism”

May 21, 2015
Bluhm Family Terrace
Free with museum admission

Prior to this opening reception for Frances Stark: Intimism, join the artist and Kate Nesin, associate curator, Department of Modern and Contemporary Art for a conversation

For more than two decades Frances Stark (American, born 1967) has made a variety of work—from essays, drawings, and iPhone photographs to moving-image work, performances, and PowerPoint presentations—about the confluence of her art and her life. Part of the focus series, this exhibition marks the first comprehensive survey of Stark’s video and digital production, from her prescient, lo-fi Cat Videos, begun in 1999, through slideshows derived from her Instagram feed, @therealstarkiller. Presented in both the Abbott Galleries, the Stone Gallery, and the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries and enhanced by a brief residency by Stark on the museum’s Instagram account, the presentation is framed by early and new works on paper as well as a key selection from the museum’s historical holdings, juxtaposing “moving” images with “static” ones.

Registration is not required for this program.


Frances Stark. Installation view of Bobby Jesus’s Alma Mater b/w Reading the Book of David and/or Paying Attention Is Free, 2014. Courtesy the artist and Gavin Brown's enterprise, New York. Collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Purchased jointly by Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago with funds provided by Marshall Field's by exchange and Hammer Museum, Los Angeles. Photography by Mark Woods.