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Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

In-Gallery Performance: Lou Mallozzi’s Didact with Lisa Wainwright

Select dates, Feb–Jun, 2013

Didact is a simultaneous reading by four people of all the interpretive labels for all the artworks in Destroy the Picture: Painting the Void, 1949–1962. For each reading, the artist is accompanied by an art historian and several MCA docents. Spoken quietly but insistently, the verbalized version of these labels transforms information into an undulating auditory atmosphere for the artworks and the viewers in each gallery, calling attention to the institutional, educational, contemplative, social, historical, and architectural contexts of the museum experience.

Feb 16, 1 pm: Simon Anderson
Mar 10, 1 pm: David Getsy
Apr 7, 1 pm: Lisa Wainwright
Jun 2, 1 pm: Hannah Higgins


Lou Mallozzi is a Chicago-based artist known primarily for his work in sound, often with a focus on dismembering and reconstituting language, gesture, and signification. His work includes performances, installations, music works, recordings, and radio works. In addition, he has a visual art practice that includes drawing and other media. He has performed and exhibited in the U.S. and Europe, including projects at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the Chicago Cultural Center, the Italian Cultural Institute and Italian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, the Grunwald Gallery at Indiana University Bloomington, Experimental Intermedia New York, Podewil Berlin, TUBE Audio Art Series Munich, and the Radiorevolten Festival Halle. In addition to his solo works, Mallozzi often collaborates with artists, filmmakers and musicians, including Sandra Binion, Michael Vorfled, Alessandro Bosetti, Michael Zerang, Frédéric Moffet, Antonia Contro, Jacques Demierre, Vincent Barras, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Charlotte Hug, and many others. He has received support for his work that includes several fellowships from the Illinois Arts Council, and artist residencies through the Chicago-Lucerne Sister Cities Program, the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Study Center, Ragdale Foundation, and Spritzenhaus Hamburg. He is on the faculty of the Sound Department of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and is executive director of Experimental Sound Studio.