Gerard Byrne

Gerard Byrne

The Renaissance Society at The University of Chicago

Gerard Byrne, still from “A thing is a hole in a thing it is not,” 2010.
Video installation.

January 5, 2011

Gerard Byrne
A thing is a hole in a thing it is not

January 9 – February 27, 2011

The Renaissance Society
5811 South Ellis Avenue
Chicago IL 60637

The Renaissance Society, Lismore Castle Arts, C. Waterford, Ireland, and the 2010 Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art, in collaboration with Van Abbemuseum, co-commissioned Irish artist Gerard Byrne (b. 1969) to create this new multi-channel video installation titled A thing is a hole in a thing it is not. As this title—a quotation of Carl Andre’s famous dictum—suggests, Byrne’s attention here will be on the historical reception of Minimalism as a movement, a history that is resonant within the context of The Society’s early engagement with that movement’s artists.

The opening reception will be on January 9, 2011, from 4 to 7 pm. There will be a discussion with the artist from 5 to 6 pm.

About The Renaissance Society
The Renaissance Society has earned its reputation as one of the premier cultural institutions for leading-edge contemporary art in the United States through its longstanding commitment to presenting work by the most challenging and compelling artists of the day. Many of these exhibitions represent the artists’ national premieres, 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.

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