UBS 12 x 12: New Artists / New Work: Anne Elizabeth Moore
August 6-28, 2011
Chicago-based artist Anne Elizabeth Moore leads Garment Work, a durational collective performance project in which the artist and visitors deconstruct one of America's most iconic fashion elements: denim jeans. Moore turns the gallery space into a performance/workshop/discussion to create a connection between Cambodia's garment manufacturing industry, where the jeans are made; to Michigan Avenue, where the jeans are sold. Garment Work debuts at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA), Chicago, on the evening of August 5 during First Fridays as part of the monthly UBS 12 x 12: New Artists/New Work and runs through August 28, 2011.
Her exhibition is a symbolic meditation on the international garment trade and women's issues in developing nations, and presents research about the origins of the jeans and the experiences of their makers and sellers. On Tuesdays and Saturdays during the exhibition, Moore and visitors take the jeans apart by hand.
Friday, Aug 5:The artist performs during the First Fridays opening
Saturday, Aug 6:11 am-12:30 pm and 1:30-3 pm
Tuesday, Aug 9:6 pm - Artists' gallery talk
Saturday, Aug 13:11 am-12:30 pm and 1:30-3 pm
Tuesday, Aug 16:5:30-7:30 pm
Saturday, Aug 20:11 am-12:30 pm and 1:30-3 pm
Tuesday, Aug 23:5:30-7:30 pm
Saturday, Aug 27:11 am-12:30 pm and 1:30-3 pm
Anne Elizabeth Moore is a visual and performance artist, cultural critic, and author. She is the founding editor of the Best American Comics series, co-publisher of the now-defunct magazine Punk Planet, and the writer of Unmarketable: Brandalism, Copyfighting, Mocketing, and the Erosion of Integrity and the upcoming Cambodian Grrrl. She has exhibited in Germany, Austria, and Cambodia, plus at the Armory and the 2008 Whitney Biennal in New York City. She discusses her work in a free, informal gallery talk on Tuesday, August 9, 2011, at 6 pm.
UBS 12 x 12: New Artists / New Work
The MCA's project series UBS 12 x 12: New Artists / New Work is a series of consecutive exhibitions where a different artist is presented each month. It is designed to highlight new work by emerging artists who are based in Chicago to provide a fresh, up-to-the-minute view of new developments taking place in the studios of our city. Now in its tenth year, the series has presented the work of more than 100 artists and collectives.
The August First Fridays event features the theme of "Innocence." Complimentary hors d'oeuvres from Pucks Café are available, as well as beverages for purchase. Tickets are $18 at the door and advance tickets are $13 and available through the MCA Box Office at 312.397.4010 or www.mcachicago.org. Doors are open from 6-10 pm. A cash bar is open until 9:30 pm. Guests must be 21 or older to enter.
Image: Anne Elizabeth Moore, Garment Work, 2010. Courtesy of the artist.