Devin T. Mays, Untitled, 2023 / Installation view, In Practice, SculptureCenter, NY, 2023 / Courtesy fo the artist and regards, Chicago / Photo Charles Benton
WORKS BY
May 1 – Jul 14, 2024
Neubauer Collegium / University of Chicago
Chicago, USA

How much work does it take to make art seem effortless? Works By attempts to answer this question by bringing together four Chicago-based artists who share an interest in the many meanings of “labor.” The centerpiece of the exhibition is a floor drawing by Tony Lewis, performatively produced on site starting May 1. A sculpture by Devin T. Mays features pallets collected during his wanderings around Chicago’s South Side. Erased: (Unrelated), a 2012 photograph by Bethany Collins, captures a cloud of chalk dust released into a black void – the remnants of the word “unrelated” repeatedly written on a blackboard and then erased. A large photo by Ellen Rothenberg depicts a work boot; another captures a giant lump of crumpled paper that was once a Barbara Kruger mural. The fruits of these artists’ labors will be on view from May 1 (International Workers’ Day) through July 14 (Bastille Day) – two dates that commemorate landmark events in the history of the working class.

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