Opening Reception: October 4, 2018, 4-6 pm
Location: Corvus Gallery, Gordon Parks Arts Hall, University of Chicago Laboratory School, 5815 South Kimbark Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60637
Celebrate the opening of the exhibition Interlocking: Models and Proposals by Virginio Ferrari at a public reception in the Corvus Gallery in the Gordon Parks Arts Hall. The reception will take place from 4-6 pm at the gallery, with Virginio Ferrari to give remarks at the site of the sculpture Interlocking at 4:30 pm. This event is free and open to the public.
Exhibition Dates: October 4, 2018 – December 14, 2018
Public access to the gallery is available Monday-Friday 8am-6pm, as long as visitors enter at 5815 S. Kimbark and give a photo ID at the security desk to get a visitor’s badge. The gallery will also be open from 10am-6pm on Saturday, October 20 (Humanities Day).
A survey of Ferrari’s models, proposals, and drawings, the exhibition serves as a case study for the stages of planning required of an artist to produce work for the public sphere and illustrates the relationship between the initial proposal and the final public artwork. Outside the Corvus Gallery, a series of objects and elements invite viewers to engage with the exhibition more deeply by interrogating how Ferrari’s work might be received by the public.
Interlocking: Models and Proposals by Virginio Ferrari considers the artistic processes behind creating large scale works of public art and serves as a case study for the stages of planning required of an artist to produce work for the public sphere. The title of the exhibition, Interlocking, refers to Italian sculptor Virginio Ferrari’s beloved sculpture by the same name, sited at the University of Chicago Laboratory School. The term “interlocking” evokes the interplay between media that forms the basis for realizing public sculpture as a whole. A survey of Ferrari’s models, proposals, and drawings, this exhibition provides a focused narrative of the translation from two-dimensional plans to small-scale physical models, and more broadly illustrates the relationship between the initial proposal and the final public artwork.
Ferrari’s sculptures often arise out of simple geometric forms; his nuanced consideration of the antagonism between three-dimensional shapes produce both provocative and precarious situations in which forms fit together through contrasts and oppositions. The juxtaposition of models and drawings serve to elucidate the early stages of Ferrari’s artistic process.
Virginio Ferrari is an internationally acclaimed contemporary sculptor, who has exhibited his work in Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and throughout the United States. Ferrari’s monumental sculptures can be found on street corners and public parks, at universities and libraries, corporations and in private collections in Chicago, and all over the world.
The exhibition is free and open to the public.
Dialogo: Virginio Ferrari and Chicago
Fall 2018 Public Programs
University of Chicago / Terra—Foundation for American Art