Exhibition Features Highlights From The Beth Rudin Dewoody Collection Curated By Laura Dvorkin In Collaboration With Circa 1881
The Peninsula Chicago’s Partnership With Circa 1881 And Ms. Dewoody Is A Natural Extension Of The The Peninsula Hotels’ Wildly Successful Art Initiatives Around The World.
The Peninsula Chicago is hosting an exciting art exhibition from noted contemporary collector, Beth Rudin DeWoody’s art collection, curated by Laura Dvorkin in collaboration with Circa 1881. Titled Whoville, this exhibition coincides with the annual EXPO CHICAGO, the International Exposition of Contemporary & Modern Art, taking place at Navy Pier, September 22 to 25, 2016. The installation, featuring a number of Chicago artists, debuted on September 9, 2016 and will be displayed throughout the hotel’s lobby through October 23, 2016, as a part of public art project.
The Peninsula Chicago is a Five Star, Five Diamond hotel located on the “Magnificent Mile” at 108 East Superior Street (at Michigan Avenue), within the city’s premier shopping district. The 339 guest room hotel recently completed an extensive renovation of all guestrooms and suites. The hotel opened in 2001 and features three distinctive restaurants, a popular bar and a world-class spa.
Whoville is the latest project from The Peninsula Hotels’ ongoing partnership with Circa 1881 to present rotating art exhibitions of world-class contemporary art for the hotels’ public spaces. Circa 1881 produces art exhibitions and programming in collaboration with noted collectors or from artworks on loan from private collections it has under management.
Beth Rudin DeWoody’s sizable collection is known for including emerging, established and sometimes overlooked artists and has been featured at the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach and the Parrish Museum in Southampton, among other institutions. Beyond avidly collecting works, DeWoody curates exhibitions and supports several art institutions.
Whoville contains over 30 artworks and is both an exclusive glimpse into the collecting world of DeWoody, one of America’s most notable collectors, and a celebration of Chicago’s distinctive artistic history. The contemporary artworks were handpicked by the curator, Laura Dvorkin, who has worked with the BRD Collection for several years. The exhibition highlights some of Chicago’s most prominent artists, past and present, along with an eclectic selection of works that explore travel, transformative environments or share the fantastical, surreal aesthetic of Dr. Seuss’ fictional land, Whoville. Featured artists include Thomas Beale, Roger Brown, Nick Cave, Liz Craft, Mira Dancy, Ed Flood, Theaster Gates, Art Green, Richard Jackson, Kerry James Marshall, Bruce Nauman, Gladys Nilsson, Ed Paschke, Randy Polumbo, Nathaniel Mary Quinn, Christina Ramberg, Tony Tasset, H.C. Westermann and Karl Wirsum and spans an array of media including drawing, painting, collage, sculpture and an installation in the form of a 1961 Caravel Airstream Trailer with hand blown glass, welded aluminum and LED lights. The latter composes Randy Polumbo’s Love Stream #2, which will be displayed outside the hotel from September 22 through 25. The piece will be open to the public for viewing daily from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm. The rest of the collection is open to the public and will be displayed on the 5th floor main Lobby Level from September 9 to October 25. The pieces will be located adjacent to The Lobby and The Bar.
Whoville, is also a playful reference to the noted Chicago artist group, the Hairy Who, most of whom studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and exhibited together at the Hyde Park Art Center in the 1960s. The Hairy Who challenged popular taste by producing whimsical, absurd, grotesque and sometimes vulgar imagery. Like the surrealists, they were interested in the stranger and darker aspects of the human mind. Three of the six founding members of the Hairy Who (Gladys Nilsson, Karl Wirsum and Art Green) are included in Whoville.
Many of the other artists featured have connections to Chicago, such as Nick Cave, Ed Flood, Theaster Gates, Kerry James Marshall, Ed Paschke, Nathaniel Mary Quinn, Christina Ramberg and H.C. Westermann.
- Kerry James Marshall, considered one of America’s greatest living artists, currently resides in Chicago and comments on the lack of black figures in Western Art and continues, through his work, to amplify the presence of black subjects displayed in museums. Kerry James Marshall: MASTRY is a major survey of Marshall’s work on view at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago through September 25, 2016. (*EXPO CHICAGO will also highlight the work of Kerry James Marshall during the keynote/Dialogues panel discussion at the exposition on Saturday, September 24 at 2:30 pm. Marshall joins writer Sarah Thornton for an in depth conversation on the show floor.)
- Chicago-based Nick Cave is an artist, educator and choreographer known for wearable art, working in both the visual and performing arts including sculpture, installation, video, sound and performance. Cave is well known for his Soundsuits, sculptural forms named after the noise they make when worn. When worn, Cave’s Soundsuits conceal the body, erasing identity, race, gender and class, causing viewers to look without judgment.
- Chicago native Gladys Nilsson attended The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is one of the 6 original members of the Hairy Who and a noted Chicago Imagist. She was the subject of a 1973 solo show at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. Over the years, Nilsson’s work has evolved from oil painting to watercolor and collage, and often contains colorful contradictory images, humor and elements from nature. Couple is an early example of her powerful and energetic style.
Of Whoville, DeWoody says, “Collaborating with Circa 1881 on this exhibition has provided an exciting opportunity to share my collection with Peninsula Chicago guests and the greater public. I look forward to attending EXPO CHICAGO and exhibiting the Whoville artists in Chicago, a city to which many of them are historically linked.”
Beth Rudin DeWoody, art collector and curator, resides between New York City, Los Angeles and West Palm Beach. She is President of The Rudin Family Foundations and Executive Vice President of Rudin Management Company. Her Board affiliations include the Whitney Museum of American Art, Creative Time, Hammer Museum, The New School, The Glass House, Design Museum Holon, Empowers Africa, New Yorkers for Children and The New York City Police Foundation, among others. She is an Honorary Trustee at the Brooklyn Academy of Music and on the Photography Steering Committee at the Norton Museum in West Palm Beach.
DeWoody’s collection is composed of her extensive holdings of contemporary art. Her collection is incredibly diverse and includes of both established and emerging artists. Collected artists range from Ed Ruscha, Jamie Wyeth, Sol LeWitt, Jenny Holzer, Jeff Koons to the Bruce High Quality Foundation, Mickalene Thomas, Roxy Paine, Matt Johnson and Lee Bul.
DeWoody has curated numerous exhibitions including I Won’t Grow Up at Cheim & Read, New York; In Stiches at Leila Heller Gallery, New York; Think Pink at Gavlak Gallery, Palm Beach, Hunt & Chase at Salomon Contemporary, East Hampton; Inspired at Steven Kasher Gallery, New York; Bad For You at Shizaru Gallery, London; and Please Enter at Franklin Parrasch Gallery, New York.
Two exhibitions of her collection were recently on view at the Norton Museum of Art: The Triumph of Love: Beth Rudin DeWoody Collects and Still/Moving: Photographs and Video Art from the DeWoody Collection.
Laura Dvorkin has worked with the Beth Rudin DeWoody (BRD) Collection for over eight years, managing the publications and exhibitions that DeWoody curates, and as part of the larger team overseeing the collection. Dvorkin has organized eight exhibitions in the US and abroad for DeWoody. Continue reading