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Uncommon Studios
May 8, 2010 
Studio viewing 2:00 - 3:00pm,
Panel discussion 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Little Black Pearl
1060 E. 47th Street, Chicago

Little Black Pearl Workshop and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago invite you to this afternoon of studio viewing and discussion. For centuries, artists have relied on community resources and shared workshop spaces to create. This program showcases how the place and context of where artists make art interconnects with the work itself. More


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Production Site: The Artist’s Studio Inside - Out 
Feb. 6, 2010 - May 30, 2010,  Opening Feb. 6
Museum of Contemporary Art
220 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago

Production Site reexamines the artist's studio as subject, presenting work that documents, depicts, reconstructs, or otherwise invokes that space, revealing how the studio functions as a place where research, experimentation, production, and social activity intersect. The exhibition reflects and addresses the pivotal role of the studio in artists' practice while alluding to its enduring status in the popular imagination. The works that comprise Production Site include multi-channel video projections, photographic light-boxes and installations, and life-sized fabrications of artists' studios -- real and imagined -- that either extol the virtues of the studio or problematize the preconceived and often highly romanticized notions associated with it. The exhibition is organized by MCA Curator Dominic Molon.

The exhibition is accompanied by numerous educational programs (detailed below).

Talks and Discussions
Jan. - May 2010
Museum of Contemporary Art
220 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago

Presented in conjunction with Production Site, a series of talks and discussions with artists, art historians, writers and curators will focus on the subject of the artist studio, offering varied perspectives on its history, function, and its role as a creative space of experimentation, myth, agency, and imagination. These talks will also elucidate the current relationship between the traditional space of production (the studio) and the traditional space of presentation (the museum and the gallery).

Jan. 19, 2010, 6:00 pm - Corie Sharples of SHoP Architects:
                                        From Studio to Building
Feb. 6, 2010, 3:00pm - Studio Myths Artists Panel
Feb. 16, 2010, 6:00pm - Caroline Jones: Trajectories of the studio
                                        after the Factory
April 5, 2010, 6:00pm - Andrea Zittel: Studio as Testing Ground
April 20, 2010, 5:00pm - Renee Green: Studio and Research
May 22, 2010, 3:00pm - Kerry James Marshall: The Artist in the Studio

Coffee and Art
March 6, 2010, 10:00 - 12:00pm
Museum of Contemporary Art
220 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago

Coffee, conversation and great art…what better way to start a Saturday morning? Experience it for yourself as you look carefully at one work in the exhibition Production Site: The Artist Studio Inside - Out. Then, make connections to other artworks, histories and ideas as you take part in a relaxed, facilitated discussion that helps you explore why the studio continues to inspire the work of today’s most interesting artists. No previous knowledge necessary.

Limited to 20 participants per session. $12-$18 per session. To sign up, call 312-397-4010, or visit mcachicago.org.

Family Days: The Artist Studio
March 13, 2010, 11:00am - 3:00pm

Museum of Contemporary Art
220 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago

Imagine, create and think like an artist. Families may re-create a busy day at a studio and discover how artists have turned the studio into the subject of their art during a tour of the Production Site: The Artist's Studio Inside and Out exhibition. Family Days are free for families with children 12 years old and younger.

Image credit: Amanda Ross-Ho, Frauds for an inside job, 2008. Courtesy of Cherry and Martin, Los Angeles; Mitchell Innes and Nash, New York. Photo by Robert Wedemeyer