September 23 - November 5, 2011
Golden Gallery is pleased to present the opening of its fourth season of programming in Chicago with a solo exhibition by Australian artist Anthea Behm. This exhibition features a 2010 - 2011 video work based around two scripts: one adapted from Aesthetic Theory (1970), Frankfurt School Philosopher Theodor Adorno's epic, posthumously published thesis on aesthetics, and the other from John Hughes' legendary movie Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986), which follows the activities of three truants, led by Bueller, spending the day in downtown Chicago.
Filmed on location in the public and gallery spaces of the Art Institute of Chicago, the looped video stages a dynamic encounter between both texts via a series of performances that presents and merges the two scripts in perpetual motion. Through this encounter, the video both rehearses and problematizes the categories of ‘high’ and ‘popular’ culture as they are conventionally defined, and demonstrates the contradictions inherent within each text.