Anne Wilson

The Society for Contemporary Art presents Anne Wilson Tuesday, 27 January 2004 Anne Wilson is one of the best artists living and working in Chicago. Her extraordinary works of art actively blur the conventional boundaries that have historically shaped our understanding of craft arts in relation to the so-called fine arts. Although her work is hand-made, labor intensive, and technically sophisticated, Wilson does not position herself as a craft artist. Rather, she locates her practice squarely within the realm of contemporary art discourse, engaging as she does not only issues of process and production but also of identity, gender, sexuality, and the body. Anne Wilson is, perhaps, best known for her work with hair. After moving to Chicago from the Bay Area in the late 1970s, she began to make a series of work she has referred to as her “urban furs” or “hair paintings”. These important early works were made by stitching acrylic-based synthetic and linen fiber through a base of painted felt. With the selective application of bright colors, these furry tufts intentionally mimicked the effects of both animal pelts, and, strangely, the gestural markings of heroic mid-century abstract expressionism. During the 1990s, Wilson took on the material significance and associations attached to human hair, beginning a serious investigation into the ways in which hair shapes cultural and sexual identities. Most recently, in Topologies, Wilson utilized black lace?loaded with a wide assortment of meanings, ranging from sex to death?as a medium for both the exploration of new technologies and the expression of contemporary social concerns. Wilson?s work has been featured in over thirty group exhibitions, including Art in Chicago: 1945-1995 at the Museum of Contemporary Art and the 2002 Whitney Biennial, and in several important one-person projects at venues such as Illinois Wesleyan University, the Roy Boyd Gallery, and the Madison Art Center. Her work is represented in a number of important public collections including the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, the Cranbrook Art Museum, the M.H. de Young Memorial Museum in San Francisco and The Art Institute of Chicago. Please join us for an exciting look at Anne Wilson?s most recent projects.

The Art Institute of Chicago
Members – $45

06:00PM – 07:00PM – Lecture
The Woman’s Board Room

07:00PM – 08:00PM – Dining
The Woman’s Board Room