In Victorian times individuals would gather and read to each other on Sundays.
As part of Judith Brotman’s Society! Artwork in Residency A Few Choice Words, an extension of her ongoing Reading Project, Judith has partnered with curator Jessica Cochran to invite a group of individuals to read aloud from a book of their choosing. We welcome the public to come and listen to a broad range of readings culled from literature, nonfiction, poetry and criticism.
Cake and refreshments to follow the reading.
Judith Brotman is an artist and educator from Chicago. Her work has included mixed media installations and theatrical immersive environments which occupy a space between sculpture and drawing. Recent work also includes language/text based conceptual projects which are meditations on the possibility of transformation.
Throughout her residency, A Few Choice Words, Judith will cut up texts from a variety of books to create smaller and out of context words and phrases. Each author’s words will be kept in separate packets. Visitors will then be asked to bring in a personally meaningful text, and read to Judith for up to 30 minutes. In response to each reading, Judith will create a unique packet of mixed words and phrases to give to each reader. One of her inspirations for this is Chinese herbal medicine, and its central belief in creating harmony through complementary forces.
Brotman has exhibited extensively in Chicago and throughout the US. Her work has been shown at Threewalls, Chicago Cultural Center, Hyde Park Art Center, Gallery 400, Illinois State Museum, NIU Art Gallery, the DeVos Art Museum, Hampshire College, Smart Museum of Art, SOFA Chicago, the Society of Arts & Crafts, Boston, & the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Brotman’s work is in the collection of the Illinois State Museum, the Joan Flasch Artists’ Book Collection, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Brotman received her MFA and BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she currently teaches.
Curated by Jessica Cochran