May 14th 2022

On the opening day of Diane Severin Nguyen’s IF REVOLUTION IS A SICKNESS, the artist joins curator Myriam Ben Salah for a discussion about the exhibition at 5PM in Kent Hall.

The exhibition will be on view from 12-7PM as part of an opening in celebration of the artist.

All attendees must show one of the following to be admitted: proof of COVID-19 vaccination (vaccine card or photo of vaccine card); documented negative result from a COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of the event; or a current University of Chicago I.D. card. Masks must be worn at all times while in the venue.

Diane Severin Nguyen (b. 1990, Carson, CA), who lives between New York and LA, will present a new video installation anchored in the visual and political context of the Vietnamese community in Poland. This lens grounds the exploration of globalism and the effect of ideologies on non-Western bodies. Integrating an important element of music (K-Pop), the work continues Nguyen’s artistic interests in considering how cultural touchstones like songs and shared histories are fragmented and woven together in new ways over time and in different places.

Curated by Myriam Ben Salah.

The project, which will be accompanied by the artist’s first publication, is co-organized with SculptureCenter, New York, where it was on view through December 13, 2021. The New York presentation was curated by Sohrab Mohebbi, Curator-at-Large.

This exhibition is made possible by J. Patrick Collins. Additional major support has been provided by the David C. and Sarajean Ruttenberg Arts Foundation and the Perić Collection. Additional support has been provided by Sherry and Joel McKuin. Major annual support for the Renaissance Society is provided by 247 and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Additional annual support is provided by The MacArthur Fund for Culture, Equity, and the Arts at Prince and The Provost’s Discretionary Fund at the University of Chicago. This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency. All Renaissance Society publications are made possible by The Mansueto Foundation Publications Program.

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