Exhibitions

Atrium Project:Orkideh Torabi

  • Kovler Atrium
    Second Floor
    220 E Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60611
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Featured images

Orkideh Torabi, Peach House’s 5 Bucks Morning Special, 2020. Fabric dye on stretched cotton; 85 × 54 in
Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Farid Memar

About this exhibition

Orkideh Torabi (Iranian, b. 1979) continues the MCA’s Atrium Project series with Peach House’s 5 Bucks Morning Special (2020). Torabi rendered a vividly detailed bathhouse filled with characters based on men she encountered during her upbringing and visits to Iran. Inspired by traditional Persian miniature paintings, Torabi depicts the rooms of the bathhouse in a split-scene style. After transferring paint dye onto cotton fabric, Torabi dries it with an everyday hairdryer, resulting in the saturated colors in her artworks. For this exhibition, in which her work is presented at a larger scale than it has been before, Torabi’s work on cotton fabric has been transferred to vinyl.

Now based in Chicago, Torabi purposefully paints men—often with bulbous features, clown-like expressions, and exaggerated limbs—in humorous situations. Through her work, Torabi seeks to rebalance patriarchal societies using humor.

Peach House’s 5 Bucks Morning Special is organized by Bana Kattan, Pamela Alper Associate Curator, in the second-floor atrium.

Installation Images

Installation view, Atrium Project: Orkideh Torabi, MCA Chicago. January 16, 2021–January 2, 2022. Work shown: Peach House’s 5 Bucks Morning Special, 2020. Fabric dye on stretched cotton; 85 × 54 in
Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago
Installation view, Atrium Project: Orkideh Torabi, MCA Chicago. January 16, 2021–January 2, 2022. Work shown: Peach House’s 5 Bucks Morning Special, 2020. Fabric dye on stretched cotton; 85 × 54 in
Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago