Jul 6th 2019

Body Keeps the Score: A Reading Night

@ Mana Contemporary Chicago

2233 S Throop St, Chicago, IL 60608

Opening Saturday, July 6th, from 6PM - 8PM

On view through Sunday, July 7th

Body Keeps the Score: A Reading Night
with Caroline Joy Dahlberg and Joo Young Lee, followed by a conversation moderated by Nicky Ni
July 6, 6-8 PM

Join us for a poetic reading night with light refreshment and wine! This event is part of the programming for Joo Young Lee’s solo exhibition, Body Keeps the Score, at Mana Contemporary Chicago.

Based on Dahlberg’s essay Tracking the Movements of A Pigeon and Lee’s script for the new animation currently on view, the reading will activate the exhibition by bringing multiple voices into the narratives around life, death, and rebirth in the city.


Body Keeps the Score is an exhibition by New Media Program artist-in-residence Joo Young Lee. Following Cit-e-scape (2017) and Trembling Hill (2018), the exhibition premiers a new computer-generated animation, the third and final episode of Lee’s trilogy reflecting on the themes of memory, violence, and recovery. The animation will be shown beside 3D-printed sculptures and digital prints.

With reference to both Calvino’s Invisible Cities and Goya’s “Disasters of War” series, the animation uses street pigeons as a symbol for resilience. Lee invites the viewer to ponder the possibility of working through trauma by rewriting its score.

Body Keeps the Score is curated by Nicky Ni and runs from June 22–July 7, 2019.


Caroline Joy Dahlberg is a performer and sensory choreographer. She received her BFA in Sculpture from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2014, and her MFA in Sculpture at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2018. She has exhibited work in Richmond, VA, Boston, MA, and Chicago, IL. Dahlberg is the 2018 recipient of the Danhausen Sculpture Fellowship.

2233 S Throop st, #420, Chicago, IL 60608

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