Helen Mirra in conversation with Amy Myers

The Society for Contemporary Art is proud to present artists Amy Myers and Helen Mirra Tuesday, January 18, 2000 at 6pm The School of the Art Institute’s Second Floor Gallery, 315 S. Peoria Street Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served. One of the basic missions of the Society for Contemporary Art’s lecture program is to bring internationally known artists to the Art Institute to speak about their projects. However, we also feel strongly about encouraging the work of important and talented young artists based in Chicago. In January we would like to introduce two young artists and their powerful, compelling, and meticulously produced work. Instead of the usual format of a slide lecture and dinner, we will exhibit the artists’ work at the School of the Art Institute’s Second Floor Gallery. The artists will speak to us in front of their work. Amy Myers (born 1965) uses charcoal, graphite and ink on paper to make monumental, intricate drawings. The artist has acknowledged the role her father, a particle physicist, has played in her development as an artist; her intense, complex forms reveal a debt to science and mathematics. Myers received her MA at the Kansas City Art Institute and her MFA at the Art Institute of Chicago in 1999. She has exhibited with Hosfelt Gallery in San Francisco for the past year and has appeared in exhibitions curated by Dan Cameron and by Gary Garrels. In 2000, Myers’ work will be featured in solo exhibitions at the University Art Museum at California State University in Long Beach and Rhona Hoffman Gallery in Chicago. Helen Mirra (born 1970) uses video, film and installation-based strategies to explore themes related to geography, mapping, memory, and human experience. She received her BA from Bennington College in Vermont and her MFA from the University of Illinois in Chicago in 1996. In 1999 Mirra exhibited with the Chicago Project Room and in group shows at Jacob Fabricius in Copenhagen, Denmark and Exit Art, New York. Mirra has also been included in group shows at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, and the Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago. She is currently represented by the Chicago Project Room, Chicago and Klemens Gasser & Tanja Grunert, New York. We are proud to offer you this exciting and unique opportunity to learn more about the work of emerging Chicago artists, along with first-hand access to truly remarkable works of art. We look forward to seeing you there.

The School of the Art Institute
Members – $35

06:00PM – 07:30PM – Lecture
Second Floor Gallery, 315 S. Peoria Street