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Art Thu Sep 17 2009

Discovering the Heartland

From Chicago, to Detroit, to Omaha, to Kansas, the curators of the Heartland exhibit journeyed throughout the Midwest to find contemporary artists who have reshaped the way they see the world. Their works of art have been organized at the Smart Museum of Art with the help of Van Abbemuseum, one of Europe's premier contemporary art institutions. This exhibition offers a distinctive look at the inventive forms of artistic creation found in the interior region of America.

The exhibit features site-specific installations and performances, drawings, photography, and videos by a diverse group of artists. Along with the art showcased at the museum, Heartland includes a series of lectures and programs which will challenge the ideas of community, place, and contemporary art in the world.

This is the first time this exhibition will take place in Chicago. It was previously on display in Eindhoven, The Netherlands, from October 2008 to February 2009. The goal of that show was to expose outsiders to the reality of the Midwest and scrape away the stereotypes that so dominate the European image of the American Heartland.

Now, this exhibit comes home to the place it was initially inspired by. Heartland opens at Smart Museum of Art on the University of Chicago's campus on October 1, 2009, and runs until January 17, 2010. For more information call (773) 702-0200, or email the museum: smart-museum@uchicago.edu

 
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