News from Nowhere: Chicago Laboratory

News from Nowhere: Chicago Laboratory

School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Moon Kyungwon and Jeon Joonho, El Fin del Mundo, 2012. Film still. Courtesy of the artists and Gallery Hyundai, Seoul.

September 12, 2013
News from Nowhere: Chicago Laboratory

September 21–December 21, 2013

Opening Reception: Friday, September 20, 6–8pm

SAIC Sullivan Galleries
33 S. State Street, 7th floor
Chicago, IL 60603
Hours: Tuesday–Saturday 11am–6pm

Free admission

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News from Nowhere is both a stirring exhibition and an open platform for investigation of the world as it is today and as it could be imagined in the future. For this exceptional co-generative work, Korean artists Moon Kyungwon and Jeon Joonho assembled a remarkable group of thinkers and practitioners to explore the meaning, social function, and the role of the arts in contemporary times. Initially presented last year at dOCUMENTA (13) in Kassel, Germany, News from Nowhere continues to evolve with the Chicago Laboratory as its next, expanded iteration, which is also the first US presentation of this ongoing work. The exhibition includes two films by Moon and Jeon—El Fin del Mundo and Avyakta—as well as contributions by six of the artists’ collaborators: architect Toyo Ito, fashion designers Kuho Jung and Kosuke Tsumura, mime Yu Jin Gyu, and design firms MVRDV and takram design engineering. As a laboratory, the exhibition becomes a site of research and platform for lectures, workshops, performances, and events that enable discourses to unfold.

The expanded Chicago Laboratory includes public lectures by the artists and their collaborators, a film festival, a forum on the future of beauty, and artist-led student workshops.

Related Public Programs

Artists Lecture:
Moon Kyungwon and Jeon Joonho
Monday, September 16, 6pm
SAIC Columbus Auditorium, 280 S. Columbus Drive

Film series: “Future Imperfect: Utopias on Film”
September 23, October 8, and November 5, 4:15pm
Sullivan Galleries, 33 S. State Street, 7th floor

Public Forum:
“A Conversation on Beauty”
with Toyo Ito, 2013 Pritzker Prize–winning architect; Yusaku Imamura, director of the Tokyo Wonder Site; artist Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle; and artists Moon Kyungwon and Jeon Joonho
Tuesday, October 15, 9:30am–noon
The Art Institute of Chicago, Fullerton Hall, 111 S. Michigan Avenue

Artist Lecture:
Toyo Ito
Tuesday, October 15, 6pm
The Art Institute of Chicago, Rubloff Auditorium, 230 S. Columbus Dr.

Artist Lecture:
Kuho Jung
Monday, October 28, 6pm
SAIC Columbus Auditorium, 280 S. Columbus Dr.

About the Sullivan Galleries
The Sullivan Galleries of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago are located in Louis Sullivan’s historic masterpiece, the Carson Pirie Scott & Co. building. Exhibitions and public programs feature the work of both acclaimed artists and those new on the scene who work collaboratively with the SAIC community to explore how art functions within society today. As the public arm of SAIC’s Department of Exhibitions and Exhibition Studies, Sullivan Galleries seek to generate new research around issues, ideas, and professional practices in art and design, while stimulating dialogue among the wider Chicago arts community.

About the School of the Art Institute of Chicago
A leader in educating artists, designers, and scholars since 1866, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) offers nationally accredited undergraduate and graduate degrees and post-baccalaureate programs to more than 3,200 students from around the globe. SAIC also provides adults, high school students, and children with the opportunity to flourish in a variety of courses, workshops, certificate programs, and camps through its Continuing Studies program. Located in the heart of Chicago, SAIC has an educational philosophy built upon an interdisciplinary approach to art and design, giving students unparalleled opportunities to develop their creative and critical abilities, while working with renowned faculty who include many of the leading practitioners in their fields. SAIC’s resources include the Art Institute of Chicago and its new Modern Wing; numerous special collections and programming venues provide students with exceptional exhibitions, screenings, lectures, and performances. For more information, please visit


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