Exhibitions

Mika Rottenberg: Easypieces

  • Bergman Family Gallery
    Second Floor, South Side
    220 E Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60611
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  • In a short animation, light-skinned hands with vivid yellow finger nails repeatedly massage a large mass of mint-green goo.
  • What appears to be a set of rail tracks extends straight ahead of you down a narrow tunnel. Three stark light bulbs extend downward and emit an eerie green glow.
  • An ornately decorated plate holds a hearty serving of green herbs. Atop the herbs, four gray-haired men in suits lay side-by-side.
  • A light-skinned finger ending in a long fingernail extends out from a gray wall. The fingernail is painted black, with details similar to a night sky or galaxy.
  • A woman sits in a room with walls fully covered with colorful inflatable animals and cartoon characters.
  • A woman with disheveled blonde hair and a comically long, pink-tipped nose is seen in front of wooden shelves of flower bouquets.
  • A balding man with thick-framed glasses and a strangely long nose looks directly at you. He sits at a table, upon which two white-and-brown rabbits are resting.
In a short animation, light-skinned hands with vivid yellow finger nails repeatedly massage a large mass of mint-green goo.
Excerpt from Spaghetti Blockchain, 2019. Single-channel video installation, sound, color; approx. 21 min
Courtesy of the artist and Hauser and Wirth
What appears to be a set of rail tracks extends straight ahead of you down a narrow tunnel. Three stark light bulbs extend downward and emit an eerie green glow.
Mika Rottenberg, still from Cosmic Generator, 2017. Single-channel video installation, sound, color, dimensions variable; 27 min
Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth
An ornately decorated plate holds a hearty serving of green herbs. Atop the herbs, four gray-haired men in suits lay side-by-side.
Mika Rottenberg, still from Cosmic Generator (Tunnel Variant), 2017. Video, sound, color; 26 minutes, 37 seconds. © Mika Rottenberg
Photo courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth. Collection Giverny Capital
A light-skinned finger ending in a long fingernail extends out from a gray wall. The fingernail is painted black, with details similar to a night sky or galaxy.
Mika Rottenberg, Finger, 2018. Artificial finger and mechanical system, 2 ¾ x 5 1/8 in (7 × 13 cm). Installation view, Mika Rottenberg, Kunsthaus Bregenz, Austria, 2018. Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth
Photo: Miro Kuzmanovic
A woman sits in a room with walls fully covered with colorful inflatable animals and cartoon characters.
Mika Rottenberg, still from Cosmic Generator (Tunnel Variant), 2017. Video, sound, color; 26:37 min. © Mika Rottenberg
Photo courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth. Collection Giverny Capital
A woman with disheveled blonde hair and a comically long, pink-tipped nose is seen in front of wooden shelves of flower bouquets.
Mika Rottenberg, still from NoNoseKnows, 2015. Video with sound and sculptural installation, 22 min, dimensions variable
Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth
A balding man with thick-framed glasses and a strangely long nose looks directly at you. He sits at a table, upon which two white-and-brown rabbits are resting.
Mika Rottenberg, still from Sneeze, 2012. Single-channel video installation, sound, color, dimensions variable; approx. 3 min
Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth

Text

Using absurdist satire to address critical issues of our time, Mika Rottenberg (Argentinian, b. 1976) offers subversive allegories for contemporary life. Her videos and installations interweave documentation with fiction, and often feature protagonists in factory-like settings who manufacture goods ranging from cultured pearls to millions of brightly colored plastic items sold wholesale in Chinese superstores. Presenting several recent projects including Rottenberg’s newest video installation Spaghetti Blockchain (2019), which explores ancient and contemporary ideas about materialism, the exhibition traces central themes in the artist’s oeuvre, such as labor, technology, and the interconnectedness of the mechanical and the bodily.

The exhibition is organized by Margot Norton, curator at the New Museum, New York. The MCA’s presentation of the exhibition has been coorganized by Bana Kattan, Barjeel Global Fellow. It is presented in the Bergman Family Gallery on the museum’s second floor.

Content warning

The artwork Cosmic Generator includes scenes with a flashing light effect that may affect photosensitive visitors.

Funding

Lead support for the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago presentation is provided by the Harris Family Foundation in memory of Bette and Neison Harris: Caryn and King Harris, Katherine Harris, Toni and Ron Paul, Pam Szokol, Linda and Bill Friend, and Stephanie and John Harris; the Margot and W. George Greig Ascendant Artist Fund; Hauser & Wirth; Zell Family Foundation; Cari and Michael Sacks; and Julie and Larry Bernstein.

Support for the New Museum presentation is provided by the Neeson / Edlis Artist Commissions Fund. Generous support is provided by Kathleen O’Grady, The O’Grady Foundation; Artis Grant Program; Martin and Rebecca Eisenberg; Jill and Peter Kraus; Julia Stoschek Collection; and the Toby Devan Lewis Emerging Artist Exhibition Fund. Additional support is provided by the Artemis Council of the New Museum, Tiffany Zabludowicz, and Marieluise Hessel. Special thanks to Hauser & Wirth.

Support for the accompanying publication has been provided by the J. McSweeney and G. Mills Publications Fund at the New Museum.