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Opening Reception: Let Me Be an Object that Screams

Friday, September 08, 2017
Gallery 400
400 S. Peoria St.

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Please join us for the opening reception of Let Me Be an Object that Screams, curated by Matt Morris. The exhibition brings together a range of works by contemporary artists in order to test psychoanalytic concepts of ‘subject-hood’ and the ways a subject’s counterpart, the ‘object,’ has been animated by artistic and exhibition practices. Let Me Be an Object that Screams proposes subversions to how political and psychic power have been traditionally and consistently distributed in accordance to who is perceived to operate with agency and thought, in contrast to the disinvestment of groups and communities read as “other.” Through sculpture, installation, photography, and video, alternative accounts of history and artists’ own lived experiences shift emphasis off the typical subject, while elsewhere projects reject the bankrupt promise of subject-hood in favor of stranger possibilities of an object that misbehaves—or “screams,” as the exhibition title describes.