Matthew Girson: The Painter’s Other Library

May 24–August 10, 2014

Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago Rooms, 2nd Floor North

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Matthew Girson: The Painter’s Other Library

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The Painter’s Other Library is a meditation on silence. The quiet of the library is evoked in the paintings as well as the history of the building and the galleries that house the exhibit. Themes in the work are also drawn from research into the Holocaust and the destructive program of the Nazis. While none of the work in the show explicitly states any of these histories, the formal choices of color, image and surface implicitly beg questions about how we perceive books and paintings and how we access and conceive knowledge. A painter keeps a library to engage these subjects. The Painter's Other Library provides models for giving them form.


Public Programs

Gallery Talk

Wednesday, June 4, 12:15pm; Thursday, July 17, 12:15pm

With Matthew Girson and Curator Greg Lunceford


Panel Discussion

Saturday, June 28, 1pm

With Paul Jaskot, Lise McKean and Matthew Girsonwith Paul Jaskot, Lise McKean and Matthew Girson


Musical Performance

Saturday, August 2, 7pm

Coppice will perform compositions for live electronics and bellows in the galleries exhibiting The Painter’s Other Library. Chicago-based musicians, Noé Cuéllar and Joseph Kramer of Coppice investigate “breathturns” as they explore musical articulations of air across edges. In addition to performing in Chicago and the US, Coppice has exhibited in Iceland, Sweden, Greece, and the Netherlands. Its recordings are available through Quakebasket Records (US), caduc. (CA), Consumer Waste (UK), and Senufo Editions (IT).

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