Exhibitions

Alfredo Jaar: The Structure of Images

  • Carol & Douglas Cohen Gallery
    Fourth Floor, North Side
    220 E Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60611
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Featured images

Alfredo Jaar, R, 1990. Silver dye-bleach transparency in light box and mirrors; installed, approximately: 132 × 40 × 24 in. (335.3 × 101.6 × 61 cm). Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift from The Howard and Donna Stone Collection, 2002.35
© 1990 Alfredo Jaar. Courtesy Galerie LeLong, New York
Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago
Alfredo Jaar, A Hundred Women (Camila Vallejo), 2014-ongoing. Framed pigment print with light fixtures; variable dimensions. Frame: 3.74 × 2.76 x .79 in. (9.5 × 7 x 2 cm)
© Alfredo Jaar. Courtesy Galerie Lelong & Co. and the artist, New York
Alfredo Jaar, Life Magazine, April 19, 1968, 1995. 3 photographic prints; 61 × 120 in. (154.9 × 304.8 cm)
© Alfredo Jaar. Courtesy Galerie Lelong & Co. and the artist, New York
Alfredo Jaar, A Hundred Women (Shada Nasser), 2014-ongoing. Framed pigment print with light fixtures; variable dimensions. Frame: 3.74 × 2.76 x .79 in. (9.5 × 7 x 2 cm)
© Alfredo Jaar. Courtesy Galerie Lelong & Co. and the artist, New York

Text

In our image-saturated and media-obsessed world, what stories remain untold? Employing images, lights, and mirrors, Alfredo Jaar (Chilean, b. 1956) asks us to acknowledge subjects who are often under-recognized. Projects range in scope and subject: as one artwork focuses on an Ethiopian refugee amid the Eastern Sudan crisis, another observes remarkable but overlooked women including human rights lawyer Shada Nasser, author and activist Nawal El Saadawi, and politician Camila Vallejo. Featuring a selection of key works and installations that span three decades, The Structure of Images showcases Jaar's critical approach to addressing injustice in our world.

The exhibition is organized by Isabel Casso, Marjorie Susman Curatorial Fellow. It is presented in the Cohen and Stone Family Galleries on the museum’s fourth floor.