The Art Institute of Chicago has long held a unique historical connection with India. In 1893, during the World's Columbian Exposition, the museum's building served as the site of important meetings on world issues. One of these was Swami Vivekananda's famous address to the World's Parliament of Religions, which opened a dialogue between Eastern and Western faith traditions.
The artist Jitish Kallat has chosen this historical event as the crux of his work Public Notice 3, an installation that was on view from September 11, 2010 to January 2, 2011, on the site where Vivekananda delivered his groundbreaking address. In this talk, which took place exactly one hundred eight years before the World Trade Center attacks in New York, Vivekenanda called for an end to all "bigotry and fanaticism." This historical coincidence—and the fact that the speech was delivered at the earliest attempt to create a global dialogue of faiths—heightens the potency of those persuasive words. This event marks the first time that Kallat's art has been exhibited at a major American museum.
In Public Notice 3, the text of Vivekenanda's speech will be refracted on and around the Art Institute's Grand Staircase and appear in the five colors—red, orange, yellow, blue, and green—that are designated by the United States Homeland Security Advisory System to signify threat levels. The installation will serve not as a passive commemorative act, but rather as the creation of an actively contemplative space.
96 pages with 38 color and 7 black and white illustrations.
8 3/4" x 10 1/4" x 1/2".