Art & Art History
Voices: Robert Peters
Gallery 400 Lecture Room
400 South Peoria Street
Robert Peters (born 1938) works with the objects and operations of everyday reality, exploring how “social reality” is constructed and maintained through performances, artist’s books, drawings, audio works, and installations. He has collaborated with historians, decorators, anthropologists, economists, magicians, critics, and architects just to name a few. His work questions how our consciousness perceives and mediates culture, centering upon the symbiosis between artistic activity and everyday life.
Peters recently completed a project for Sculpture Chicago and is currently showing work in Place, an exhibition at the Illinois State Museum, Lockport Gallery. Among the recent awards he has received are a 1993 Illinois Humanities Council Grant, a 1992 Lila Walle Reader’s Digest International Artists Award, and a 1990 Illinois Arts Council Award. He is currently a professor at the University of Chicago. Peters earned a BFA from the University of Washington and an MFA from the University of California, Santa Barbara.