Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) Presents We Are Here: Art & Design Out of Context

. July 5, 2011 . 0 Comments

The Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) in Chicago presents We Are Here: Art & Design Out of Context.

We Are Here is a weekly series of four multidisciplinary art and design situations with Chicago-based participants. Using the gallery as a workspace, the activities of product design collective Object Design League, artist-run project space Golden Age, designers Tim Parson and Jessica Charlesworth, and screen-printers Sonnenzimmer illustrate how the practical becomes performative when placed out of context. Curated by James Goggin, MCA Design Director.

Object Design League (July 5-10): Caroline Linder and Lisa Smith usually describe themselves as product designers, but under the collective name Object Design League they are known for projects that involve the intangible and temporal — events, pop-up spaces, charettes, and curated exhibitions — rather than actual products.

Golden Age (July 12-17): Artist Marco Kane Braunschweiler and Martine Syms run a small yet internationally connected West Loop project space/workshop/bookstore called Golden age. Projects from the space take on many forms: exhibitions, screenings, performances, and printed matter.

Tim Parsons & Jessica Charlesworth (July 19-24): Product designer/writer Tim Parsons arrived from London last summer to join the School of the Art Institute of Chicago as Associate Professor in Designed Objects. Parsons continues a series of ongoing collaborations with his partner, British designer, future thinker and researcher, Jessica Charlesworth.

Sonnenzimmer (July 26-31): Nick Butcher and Nadine Nakanishi are artists who both happen to have studied graphic design and now run screen printing workshop Sonnenzimmer, a space where they produce printed art and design work for other artists, music and cultural clients, and themselves.

Image: Golden Age project space (showing the exhibition Twice Removed: A Survey of Take Away Work). © Karly Wildenhaus and Golden Age.

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