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Marta Deskur and Robert Rumas

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Tuesday, January 16, 2001–Saturday, February 03, 2001
Location:
Gallery 400
400 South Peoria Street, Chicago, IL 60607

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Organized by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and the Zacheta Gallery of Contemporary Art, Warsaw, In Between: Art from Poland, 1945–2000 is a major survey exhibition curated by Anda Rottenberg in Poland along with Susan Snodgrass and Bohdan Gorczynski in the United States. It is a citywide collaboration, which consists of a major retrospective of 38 artists ’ work at the Chicago Cultural Center, as well as several satellite exhibitions taking place concurrently at other institutions. These exhibitions include Pawel Althamer at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Katarzyna Kozyra: The Rites of Spring at The Renaissance Society, the University of Chicago; Miroslaw Balka: Salt Seller at The Art Institute of Chicago; and Marta Deskur and Robert Rumas at Gallery 400.

Krakow–based Marta Deskur ’s work in the exhibition includes charged, spare allegorical images of her Family series in large-scale light boxes and videos. Gdansk-based Robert Rumas ’s sly, invented street signs depict unexpected pictograms of everyday activity and taboo subjects, evidencing social structures and the limits of public discourse. Deskur and Rumas reveal the radical change in Polish social life since the collapse of Communism. Deskur ’s work portrays an invented and ever-growing “family” life, illuminating the evolving definition of and relations within contemporary “family” life. Rumas ’s sign project Urban Maneuvers assumes the guise of civic communication—the ubiquitous signs of our everyday life that warn of danger, prohibit or define behavior, or highlight cultural spots. Urban Maneuvers demonstrates one aspect of the structuring of everyday life, as well as the limitations of current public discourse.

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Marta Deskur and Robert Rumas
In Between: Polish Art, 1945–2000

Gallery 400
Chicago, IL
January 10–February 3, 2001

Opening Reception: Thursday, January 18, 2001, 4–7 pm
Artists’s Talk: Monday, January 22, 2001, 5 pm

Gallery 400 at the University of Illinois at Chicago presents the recent work of two contemporary Polish artists as part of a collaboration with In Between: Polish Art, 1945–2000,organized by the Chicago Cultural Center. On view at Gallery 400 are selections from Marta Deskur’s charged, spare allegorical images from the Family series in large scale light boxes and videos, as well as Robert Rumas’s sly, invented street signs depicting unexpected pictograms. Deskur and Rumas reveal the radical change in Polish social life since the collapse of Communism. Deskur’s work portrays an invented and ever-growing “family,” illuminating the evolving definition of and relations within contemporary “family” life. Rumas’s sign project Urban Manoeuvres assumes the guise of civic communication: the ubiquitous signs of our everyday life that warn of danger, prohibit or define behavior, or highlight cultural spots. Revealing taboos subjects, like rape, child molestation, or homosexuality, or everyday activity, like love or rest, through the authoritative voice of basic public signage, Urban Manoeuvres evidences one aspect of the structuring of everyday life, as well as the limitations of current public discourse.

Deskur and Rumas, who visit Chicago for one week in January, will attend the gallery’s opening reception from 4 to 7 pm on January 18 and give a public lecture on Monday, January 22 at 5 pm. The reception and lecture are held at Gallery 400 at 400 South Peoria Street, Chicago, IL.

In Between: Art from Poland, 1945–2000, is the first major survey of Polish art in the United States, designed to introduce American audiences to the significant artists and aesthetic issues that have shaped the contemporary art of Poland. Tracing significant art historical movements from the post-war period to today, the main survey of approximately 40 artists takes place at the Chicago Cultural Center, January 20–April 1, 2001. Other exhibitions organized in collaboration with In Between are presented at The Art Institute of Chicago; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; The Renaissance Society, the University of Chicago; and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

EXHIBITION CHECKLIST

Marta Deskur

Klara, Shouting, 1998
Print duratrans on plexiglass, 130 x 180 cm.

Nawiedzenie (Visitation), 1999
Print duratrans on plexiglass, 125 x 185 cm.

Pico, Shouting, 1998
Print duratrans on plexiglass, 130 x 180 cm.

Samson, 1999
Print duratrans on plexiglass, 220 x 150 cm.

Zdjecie rodzinne No.1 (The Family Photo No.1), 1999
Print duratrans on plexiglass, 150 x 180 cm.

Robert Rumas

Mnewry Miejskie (Urban Maneuvers), 1998
Altered street signs: 16 triangles, 70 x 70 x 70 cm.;
16 circles, d. 61 cm.; and 15 squares, 61 x 61 cm
Lightbox table, 181 x 162 x 14 cm.
Plexi miniature road signs

EXHIBITION SUPPORT

Marta Deskur and Robert Rumas is supported by the College of Architecture and the Arts, the University of Illinois at Chicago; the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs; and the Zacheta Gallery of Contemporary Art, Warsaw.

Marta Deskur (born 1962) of Krokow has had residencies in the Dominican Republic and Germany. She has had numerous solo exhibitions throughout Poland and in Prague. Her work has been presented in group exhibitions in France, Korea, Germany, in addition to those in Poland. A monograph of her work was published last year by Bunkier Sztuki. She studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Aix-en-Provence, France.

Robert Rumas (born 1966) has held solo exhibitions across Poland since the early 90s and has participated in group exhibitions in kraine, Latvia, Denmark, Italy, Sweden, Germany, and Venezuela. Rumas has ran the Wyspa Gallery with other artists from 1988 – 90, and served as curator in the State Gallery of Art in Sopot from 1993 – 95. From 1996 – 98 he was curator of the Baltic Cultural Centre, Gdansk. He studied at the Fine Arts Academy, Gdansk.

PRINT COLLATERAL

Postcard: Marta Deskur and Robert Rumas

MEDIA COVERAGE

Thornton, Matthew. “Gallery 400 exhibit presents Polish artists.” Chicago Flame, Jan. 16, 2001.

Wollenberg, Wendy. “Art 101.” Where Chicago, Jan. 2001.