Kay Rosen

Kay Rosen uses words and letters as a means of examining the ways in which language structures knowledge?particularly, in terms of awareness of self and place. She first gained prominence in the 1980s alongside more pointedly feminist artists?those using language to address issues of gender and power such as Nancy Dywer, Jenny Holzer and Barbara Kruger. Rosen?s art, however, is less gender specific; generally, she is more concerned with formal configurations of words and letters and with the gamesmanship involved in the deconstruction and reconstruction of language. Her exceedingly clever, diagrammatic paintings consist of common phrases, poetic verse, and word plays based on synonyms and homonyms, and they are often laced with sad, wise humor and the startling coincidences that arise from the uncovering of multiple, simultaneous meanings. Rosen?s work is represented in major institutions in the U.S. and Europe including The Art Institute of Chicago and the Museum of Modern Art, New York. She has had solo exhibitions at Yvon Lambert Gallery, New York and Paris; The Suburban, Oak Park; The Drawing Center, New York (2002); Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (1998?1999); M.I.T. List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge (1997); Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (1994) and Rhona Hoffman Gallery. Her work has been included in group shows at Dan Devening Projects + Editions, Chicago; the Chicago Cultural Center (2005, 2000, 1994); Donald Young Gallery; Hyde Park Art Center (2004); Yale University Art Museum (2002); New Museum of Contemporary Art (2001 and 1995); and at the Renaissance Society (1992). A collection of her writings entitled Kay Says: Essays and Interviews was published in 2007. This November Rosen will be a part of the international biennial, Prospect.1 New Orleans curated by Dan Cameron. Please call Jenny Gheith at 312.443.3630 to make your reservation. All reservations must be made by Friday 14 March. The Society for Contemporary Art would like to acknowledge our partnership with Sotheby?s for this and upcoming events

The Art Institute of Chicago

06:00PM – Lecture
Price Auditorium, The Art Institute of Chicag
Members – $15
Non-Members – $20

07:30PM – Dining
Quartino, 626 North State Street
Members – $65
Non-Members – $80