Chicago Works: Amanda Williams

Chicago Works, currently happening at the Museum of Contemporary Art, shows the work of African American artist Amanda Williams, whose seminal project Color(ed) Theory formed part of the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial in 2015. Williams, who originally trained in architecture, uses sculpture and photography to pose questions around the history and future of cities, drawing attention to the socially and politically charged nature of buildings within their local contexts. For Color(ed) Theory the artist painted eight buildings slated for demolition in Chicago’s South Side with a colour palette based on hues she identified in African American consumer culture. The MCA exhibition presents new work by Williams that builds upon this earlier exploration – here, sculptures constructed from the debris of the since-demolished buildings reflect upon how the reciprocal acts of construction and de-construction shape the lives of everyday citizens.

Main image: Amanda Williams, Flamin’ Red Hots from Color(ed) Theory Suite, 2014–15. Color photograph, edition of 10 aside from 2 artist proofs; 13 ½ x 20 in. (47 x 50.9 cm). Courtesy of the artist and McCormick Gallery.

Where: Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, 220 E Chicago Ave, Chicago

When: Until Sunday 31 December

How much: Full $15 / Concession $8

More info: Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago website


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