Jan 11th 2020

Ava Carney: A Genus of the Spot

@ Garfield Park Conservatory

300 N Central Park Ave, Chicago, IL 60624

Opening Saturday, January 11th, from 1PM - 3PM

On view through Sunday, March 8th

A Genius of the Spot features figurative sculptures made by Ava Carney during her residency at the Athletic Field Park Ceramic Studio. This year long program was the first of its kind offered by the Chicago Park District. The new A-I-R initiative currently hosts residents at the Athletic Field Park and Tuley Park.

Artist’s Statement: “When I visited the Garfield Park Conservatory, I was struck by a quote from Lorado Taft displayed at the entrance to the Fern Room. It reads, ‘I wish that every small park and playground might have its fit sculptural adornment — a kindly genius of the spot.’ Here, genius is used in its older Latin form, meaning ‘attendant spirit’. Guided by this idea, it is my hope that the figures I have created embody the ‘spirit of the place’, so to speak, and do their part in capturing the wonder of the ancient fern garden.”

See this exhibit in the Fern Room from January 11 – February 9!

Join us for an artist’s reception with Ava Carney on Saturday, January 11 from 1 – 3 pm.

This program is funded in part by Illinois Arts Council Agency.

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