Institutionalized
MCA Chicago


Kin Folk, (Quote: "All my skin folk ain't all my kin folk," Zora Neale Hurston) House paint, MDF, and fluorescent lighting fixtures, 96 X 144 inches, 2008

Kin Folk, (Quote: "All my skin folk ain't all my kin folk," Zora Neale Hurston) House paint, MDF, and fluorescent lighting fixtures, 96 X 144 inches, 2008

Institutionalized was a project conceived for the Museum of Contemporary Art of Chicago's winter artist in residency wherein Michael Genovese set up a studio in the museum for a 6 week program. The work included engaging the museum visitors and staff through language and text where different mediums combined with studio work reflected the voices of the public during a time of "Change." Participatory works involved translating American literature, automatic writing samples and social commentary into foreign languages that allowed for the interpretations to change and morph. The results were made into text based paintings, collaborative drawings on aluminum composite panels, and performances of solicitation. Other works included a push cart designed to provide museum visitors and staff with free fresh fruit and water.

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MIke Genovese