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Sandra Binion Retrospective – Opening

I will be performing a solo piece at the opening of artist Sandra Binion’s Retrospective.

Sandra Binion: Autobiography of LookingCurated by Mariana MejíaAudible Gallery at Experimental Sound Studio (5925 N Ravenswood Ave), and additional venuesApril 12—June 9, 2024Gallery hours: Sundays 12-5 pm, and by appointmentOpening Reception, Book Release: Friday, April 12, 2024, 6-9 pm

Sandra Binion: Autobiography of Looking is a retrospective survey of five decades of the artist’s interdisciplinary work taking place from April 12 through June 9, 2024 throughout Chicago. Curated by Mariana Mejía, the program includes an exhibition at Audible Gallery, a series of performances at auxiliary venues, and guided sessions of the artist’s archives at Hyde Park Art Center.  

Sandra Binion is an interdisciplinary artist based in Chicago. The works on display convey the trajectory of her career, from her early stages as a solo performance artist in the mid-1970s through her expansions into installation, video, sound, photography, painting, scent, and literature. The exhibition Sandra Binion: Autobiography of Looking contains visual artworks, artist’s journals, and drawings; performance props, scripts, scores, and documentation; as well as promotional materials and reviews from her archives. It also reflects her many collaborations with artists, such as musicians Lawrence “Butch” Morris, Tatsu Aoki, Leroy Jenkins, and Harrison Bankhead; performer Eponine Cuervo Moll; filmmaker Amos Poe; photographer Dirk Bakker; and architect Marc Dilet. An installation of Searching for Emma (2021), a photographic series accompanied by a sound composition by Lou Mallozzi, is also included in this exhibition.

Performances include Sandra Binion’s “Homage à Odilon Redon” (1979) [TBD]; “Duras Piece” (1998) and “Suite for Bass and Ironing Bored Variation” (1983) at Asian Improv Arts Midwest on April 28; “Figure, Painting” (1983) at Roman Susan on May 18; and “Yellow at Noon” (1979) at Experimental Sound Studio on June 2.

On the occasion of this retrospective survey, the artist is self-publishing a 260-page monograph that includes descriptive annotations of over 50 performances, installations, exhibitions from her career; with an introduction written by curator Mariana Mejía and essays by musicologist Ryan Dohoney, performer and scholar Tara Aisha Willis, and art historian Chris Reeves.

Public collections that hold works by Sandra Binion include The Art Institute of Chicago, Museum of Modern Art (New York), Musée Flaubert (Rouen, France), Monasterio de San Lazzaro degli Armeni (Venice, Italy), and University Art Museum of Kyoto City University of Arts (Japan). Her multimedia project Distillé (based on Gustave Flaubert’s Madame Bovary) has been shown in various iterations since 2014 in the US, France, and Japan. She is currently under commission to create a transhistorical video in dialogue with the Norwegian painter Harriet Backer (1845–1932), which will premiere at the Musée d’Orsay (Paris) in September 2024.





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