May 21st 2023

The Game of Pearls, Prune de Madame, and Other Phantasia


2100 S Marshall Blvd, Unit 105, Chicago, IL 60623

Opening Sunday, May 21st, from 3PM - 6PM

On view through Sunday, June 25th

RUSCHWOMAN is giddy to present a group exhibition to usher in summertime:

‘The Game of Pearls, Prune de Madame,
and Other Phantasia (As Confided to the Rusch Womxn)’

Stephen Jones | Dawn Spencer Hurwitz | Nicolette Mishkan | Andrew Sokol | Sands Murray Wassink | Woodley White | Ryan Wilde

May 21 — June 25, 2023

Opening reception: Sunday, May 21, 3–6PM


Facing off with some of civilization’s most pressing exigencies—class, economics, divisions of labor and leisure, and the politicization of how a body appears or is represented—is a shimmering, misty reflection that peers disquietly into the potency and latency of what Marcuse called “The Aesthetic Dimension,” one in which desire and death, fetish and commodity, material and meaning are circulated in a continuous dance. At this site of intersection, art, design, and fashion are jointly mapped across a volatile bourgeoisie: consumption comes under scrutiny, rapt negotiations between ‘high’ and ‘low’ are processed, and beauty finds itself an ever moving target contingent upon dominant power structures and popular ideologies. It is through the densities of these atmospheres and their attendant affects that RUSCHWOMAN flutters as an all too interested passerby. As flanêuse, as dandy, as artistic interlocutor, the gallery and her audiences daydream their ways among shirts and the torsos who wear them, perfumes, millinery, and comportments both sophisticated and foreboding. These phantasia and what mysteries they betray about our cultural value systems rest at the heart of a paradigm wherein decadence, luxury, self care, and eccentricities are mapped relationally.

Following the opening, gallery hours are available by appointment only.

Please contact to make arrangements to visit RUSCHWOMAN during the run of the exhibition.

Image: Nicolette Mishkan, Simurgh, 2023, Oil on canvas, 24h x 36w in.

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