ASSISTED, curated by Jessica Stockholder, follows on two earlier related ventures and accompanies her solo exhibition titled Door Hinges at Kavi Gupta in Chicago this September. The first project, Table Top Sculpture, included works by other artists at Jay Gorney Modern Art in 2003 in a curated seating area placed at the entryway to the gallery. The second was The Jewel Thief, curated collaboratively by Stockholder and Ian Berry at the Tang Museum in 2010, the work of over 60 artists intersected with the means of display and blurred the lines between artworks and pedestals, wall coverings, floor coverings, and lighting.
ASSISTED highlights a select grouping of artists that are interested in the potential of alternative exhibition modalities. The group exhibition is integrated into the solo exhibition with works appearing both independently and on Assists, a new body of work by Stockholder which are interstitial; acting as both sculpture and hardware, adjuncts to furniture or walls, and as plinths for other works. ASSISTED creates a kind of visual community of artists invested in a particular way of investigating form and objecthood.
ASSISTED is presented in conjunction with Door Hinges, a solo exhibition of new work by Jessica Stockholder.
Jessica Stockholder lives and works in Chicago, IL. Recent exhibitions and installations include Erstwhile & Notwithstanding at C.Ar.D: Contemporary Art and Design, Pienello, Italy (2014); Angled Tangle at Art Basel Miami Beach, Miami Beach, FL (2014); Wide Eyes Smeared Here Dear at Musee D’art Moderne, Saint-Etienne Metropole, France (2012); Peer Out to See at Palacio de Cristal, Reina Sofia, Madrid (2010); and Of Standing Float Roots in Thin Air at PS1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, NY (2006). Stockholder was Director of Graduate Studies in Sculpture at Yale University for twelve years and has received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the John Solomon Guggenheim Foundation and the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
Jessica Stockholder, Raymond W. and Martha Hilpert Gruner Distinguished Service Professor and Chair of the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Chicago, will simultaneously unveil her work throughout Chicago this fall in three different venues including the Smart Museum of Art, IN/SITU EXPO CHICAGO, and mk The Restaurant.