January 31, 2010 - Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago - Production Site: The Artist’s Studio Inside-Out
January 31, 2010

Production Site: The Artist’s Studio Inside-Out

Ryan Gander
Felix provides a stage #8-(Eleven sketches for ‘A sheet of paper on which
I was about to draw, as it slipped from my table and fell to the floor’)
, 2008
Poster paper
118 x 177 inches; 300 x 450 cm.
Series 8 from a series of 11 (each unique with 1 artist’s proof)
Courtesy the artist and Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York

Production Site: The Artist's Studio Inside-Out

This winter, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (MCA), premieres Production Site: The Artist’s Studio Inside-Out, an exhibition that examines the artist’s studio as subject. The exhibition offers an illuminating look at how some of the most compelling artists of today have demystified, re-mystified, and reconsidered art production spaces. Large installations, films, multi-channel video projections, photographic light boxes and life-size fabrications of artists’ studios that explore the creative process are on view February 6 through May 30, 2010.

Exhibition organizer and MCA Curator Dominic Molon says Production Site “brings a tradition of representing the artist’s studio since the Renaissance into the present day. It provides a rare opportunity to see the studio–a space typically kept private by the artist for contemplation, conceptualization, and production–through the eyes of the artists themselves.”

”Presenting work that documents, depicts, reconstructs, or otherwise invokes that space, Production Site reveals how the studio provides for the intersection of research, experimentation, production, and social activity, and how our romantic notions of the artist’s studio both celebrate and constrict its role in contemporary art-making,” adds MCA Pritzker Director Madeleine Grynsztejn.

Production Site is presented as part of Studio Chicago, a yearlong collaborative project that focuses on the artist’s studio through October 2010.



The Artist’s Studio as Subject

This series of talks and discussions explores the artist’s studio, its history and relevance today, and the creative process.

At the MCA
220 E. Chicago Avenue
For tickets or more information, visit www.mcachicago.org or call 312.397.4010.

Artist Panel: Nikhil Chopra, John Neff, and Amanda Ross-Ho: Studio Myths 

Saturday, February 6, 3 pm

Caroline Jones: Trajectories of the Studio after the Factory

Tuesday, February 16, 6 pm

Andrea Zittel: Studio as Testing Ground

Monday, April 5, 6 pm

Copresented with Gallery 400, the College of Architecture and the Arts, University of Illinois at Chicago, as part of the Voices Lecture Series.

Kerry James Marshall: The Artist in the Studio

Saturday, May 22, 3 pm

At Gallery 400
University of Illinois at Chicago

400 S. Peoria Street 


For more information, contact 312.996.6114.

John Miller

Tuesday, March 2, 5 pm

Renee Green

Tuesday, April 20, 5 pm

Workshop: Coffee & Art
Evidence of studio process in artworks, led by threewalls cofounder and director Shannon Stratton
Saturday, March 6, 10 am–noon

Curator Tours,
Tuesdays, February 16 and March 16, noon

Family Day,
Saturday, March 13, 11 am-3 pm

Support for Production Site: The Artist’s Studio Inside-Out is generously provided by Nancy and Sanfred Koltun, Mary Ittelson and Rick Tuttle, Jack and Sandra Guthman, Anne and William J. Hokin, and the Joseph G. Nicholas Foundation. Generous support for interpretive resources and programs is provided by Sylvia Neil and Daniel Fischel, with additional support from Lynn and Allen Turner. Air transportation is provided by American Airlines, the Official Airline of the Museum of Contemporary Art. Season support for the MCA lecture and conversation series is generously provided by The Albert Pick, Jr. Fund.

For tickets or more information, visit www.mcachicago.org or call 312.397.4010.

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