MUSES & VALKYRIES
new works by MEG LEARY
MAY 18-19, 2012
TWO NIGHTS OF PERFORMANCES
Friday, May 18, 7-11pm
Saturday, May 19, 7-11pm
1215-1227 W 18th Street, Chicago 60608
Muses & Valkyries is the first solo exhibition by Chicago-based artist Meg Leary. Trained as a classical opera singer, Leary is fluent in both the languages of music and visual arts, using one to inform the other. She uses a variety of mediums to explore ideas of sonic theory, the power of the human voice, and the construct of the “Diva.” Performance is at the center of Leary’s practice, engaging her interest in the body and the ephemeral nature of music. This work functions in conversation with her more formal object making practice, using materials such as cassette tape and vinyl records.
For the event at Thalia Hall, Leary is collaborating with the empty space at the historic opera theater, thinking about cultural memory and how music, art and performance can rejuvenate a space. Using a combination of performance, sculpture, music and dance, the show will be a two-night event followed by a gallery show of documentation and materials from the performance at Thalia Hall.
MEG LEARY is an independent artist and cultural producer who has worked with arts and cultural organizations in Chicago and New York for the last ten years. Her performance and video work has been shown at the Kendall Galleries at Kendall College of Art & Design, The Peanut Gallery, Links Hall, Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, LaMama ETC, PAC/Edge Festival, Medicine Park Gallery and the Elegant Mr. Gallery. Additionally, she is a founding member of the Henbane Collective, an organization dedicated to collective exhibition opportunities, critiques and art blogging. She received an MA in Performance Studies at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and an MA degree in Performance from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
More information about Meg Leary can be found at www.megleary.com