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Steve McQueen: Girls, Tricky

May 16, 2009–August 2, 2009
Gallery 186

The new Modern Wing offers the museum’s first state-of-the-art gallery dedicated solely to the exhibition of works in film, video, and new media. Generously supported by leading Chicago collectors Donna and Howard Stone, this gallery is located on the Modern Wing’s first floor adjacent to the photography gallery. The first year of programming highlights four recent acquisitions that have yet to be displayed at the Art Institute.

The inaugural installation is Steve McQueen’s Girls, Tricky, an intimate work from 2001 that portrays the experimental “trip-hop” musician and producer Tricky as he rehearses a track in his dimly lit recording studio. London–raised and Amsterdam–based, McQueen is a prominent artist and filmmaker whose reductive, often abstracted works, pare down the projected image to its basic elements: light and dark, motion and stillness, silence and sound. The meanings in McQueen’s intensely concentrated, exquisitely choreographed films and projected image installations are at once elusive, elliptical, and subtly transgressive.

Steve McQueen. Girls, Tricky, 2001. Wilson L. Mead Fund, through prior gift of Lucille L. and Joseph L. Block; Curator's Fund, Cyrus Hall McCormick and Annabelle Decker funds, Claire and Gordon Prussian Fund for Contemporary Art.