Between the Real and Utopia

SITE Sharp, 37 S Wabash, Chicago IL
November 16th- December 15th

Between the Real and Utopia is an exhibition centering performance practices that investigates the process of “getting there.” The position of being between two temporalities–the real and a utopia–indicates a notion of flux, and on favorable occasion, progression. Perpetually marked by temporality, performance practices glimpse how new ways of seeing, being, and doing are enacted, making them a suitable metaphor for what characterizes the in between. Though a group show, the exhibition format cycles through a series of smaller artist projects–individual and collaborative–conjoining the temporally-bound nature of performance with a curatorial platform that performs in tandem with the artists. Each iterative project occurs over a week, staging performances, programs, and activations in conjunction with its installation, pointing to the potentialities of utopia’s reverberation back into the real.

Mev Luna
Marcela Torres
Michael Vincent Pusey
Michelle Murphy

Curated by Jameson Paige

SITE Gallery
Nov. 16 – Dec. 15

**All events will have the publication Performing Text, Performing Politics, a collection of artist writings available for purchase.

Mev Luna (Nov. 16–22)
Pointing to Between the Real and Utopia, performative panel discussion moderated by Mechtild Widrich and Máire Witt O’Neill. Curator Jameson Paige joined by all exhibiting artists
Nov. 16, 4:15–5:45PM, LeRoy Neiman Center

Daily Performances
12:30–1:30PM, SITE Gallery

Marcela Torres (Nov. 27–Dec. 2)
Daily Reenactments
12:30–1:00PM, SITE Gallery

Reenactment, performance
Nov. 29, 4:15–5:45PM, SITE Gallery

Michael Vincent Pusey (Nov. 27–Dec. 2)
Sounding Queer, Feeling Here, conversation with Ariel Zetina and Hijo Pródigo (Justin Ignatius Mitchell) moderated by Michael Vincent Pusey
Nov. 27, 4:15–5:45PM, MacLean Ballroom

abundance, performance
Nov. 29, 4:15–5:45PM, SITE Gallery

Michelle Murphy (Dec. 4–9)
A Smooth and Striated Practice, conversation with Wisdom Baty and Michelle Murphy
Dec. 6, 4:15–5:45PM, SITE Gallery

⊖ (Dec. 11–15)
Exciting Futures Between the Real and Utopia and How to Achieve Them, with ⊖ Directors Willy Smart and Misael Soto
Dec. 15, 4:15–6:00PM, LeRoy Neiman Center