I'll be presenting a new performance intervention at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, in the first half of 2013. Didact is a performance for four people reading simultaneously all the wall labels in the exhibition Destroy the Picture: Painting the Void, 1949-1962, moving from gallery to gallery. These labels -- which include not only the title of the work and the artist's name, dates and nationality, but also donor, acquisition, or loan information as well as interpretive text -- are the linguistic frame for every museum visitor's experience. Spoken quietly but insistently, the verbalized version of these labels transforms information into an undulating auditory atmosphere for the artworks and the viewers, calling attention to the institutional, educational, contemplative, social, historical, and architectural contexts of the museum experience.
There will be four performances; at each one, I'll be accompanied by an art historian and two MCA docents. Here are the dates and the participating art historians:
Saturday February 16, 1PM, with Simon Anderson
Sunday March 10, 1PM, with David Getsy
Sunday April 7, 1PM, with Lisa Wainwright
Sunday June 2, 1PM, with Hannah Higgins
Participating MCA docents and staff include Raymond Vasiukevicius, Maureen Mizwicki, Eddie Urzua and Yolanda Cursach. Very special thanks to Sandra Binion for brilliant understudy pinch-hitting!
Special thanks to Heidi Reitmaier and Susan Musich of the MCA, to Tatsu Aoki, and to Milad Mozari.