A Resource for Performing Artists, Scholars and Audiences.
Opening Reception on January 27, 5:30 - 7:30pmChicago Cultural Center
Exhibition runs from January 28, 2012 to July 8, 2012Exhibit Hall and Sidney Yates Gallery
Chicago, Illinois 60602Chicago-based art collector Richard Harris showcases his vast collection of artwork in Morbid Curiosity: The Richard Harris Collection. As the opening work for this exhibition, Harris commissioned Hugo Crosthwaite to create an epic drawing. Richard Harris has collected, over several decades, an encyclopedic collection of works that explore the iconography of death. The exhibition opens on January 28, 2012 at the Chicago Cultural Center and runs through July 8, 2012.
The exhibition includes two major themes: the “War Room,” exhibiting the atrocities of war; and the “Kunstkammer of Death", a modern-day ‘cabinet of curiosities’ featuring representations of mortality across cultures and spiritual traditions. Hugo Crosthwaite's monumental drawing, Death March, will be featured in the exhibition."At first glance the drawing has the appearance of a festive occasion, a general mass of characters thatclump together in groups, supporting and carrying effigies of death; puppets and floats that resemble a South American Carnaval… or a Mexican Day of the Dead procession. But in closer examination, the viewer realizes that these groups of characters that compose the puppets or floats are in actuality a grotesque ensemble of death figures, human and monstrous, that inflict uponeach other death in a variety of forms… either through war, rape, murder and disease." - Hugo Crosthwaite