Cathy Wilkes

Cathy Wilkes

The Renaissance Society at The University of Chicago

Cathy Wilkes, “I Give You All My Money,” 2008. Courtesy of The Modern Institute.

January 10, 2012

Cathy Wilkes
I Give You All My Money

January 22 – March 04, 2012

The Renaissance Society
5811 South Ellis Avenue
Chicago IL 60637

Over the past five years, Irish artist Cathy Wilkes (b. 1966) has garnered international attention for her installations whose signature elements are set amongst, and outfitted with, accoutrements of an abject, quotidian nature. Wilkes’ highly subjective work consists of objects (strollers, soiled dishes, dolls, dried flower petals) that recur as symbolic leitmotifs. Her process of selection and arrangement of materials is measured and refined, drawing equally on a precise formal language and the most intimate of personal experiences to create a compelling autobiographical thread. The Renaissance Society will present “I Give You All My Money” whose title, like that of several other works, has a biblical reference regarding sacrifice.

About The Renaissance Society
The Renaissance Society is one of the premier contemporary art institutions in the United States. Many of its exhibitions are national debuts, and many have included newly commissioned work.  The museum offers educational programs that supplement the exhibition schedule, including concerts, lectures and readings.

The Renaissance Society is located on the campus of the University of Chicago, in Cobb Hall, on the fourth floor.  It is open Tuesday to Friday 10 am to 5 pm, and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 pm.  Admission is free. Visit to learn more about the exhibitions and events.

This exhibition has been made possible through generous support from The Henry Moore Foundation, Culture Ireland and The Nicholson Center for British Studies.

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