In Progress: Brandon Markell Holmes

Free With Admission
  • 4th-floor Lobby
    220 E Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60611
Brandon Markell Holmes. Photo: Michael Salisbury via These Days.


Over the run of the exhibition Groundings, the performers hold open rehearsals in which they create performances and physical objects that speak to the themes of the exhibition. Informal performances occur at 6 pm on Fridays and will be followed by an opportunity for artists to solicit feedback from assembled participants and audiences.

In Progress is a series designed to give patrons a look into the process of artists, thinkers, and curators organized by Curator of Public Programs January Parkos Arnall and Assistant Curator of Public Programs Christy LeMaster.

The exhibition Groundings is organized by Assistant Curator Grace Deveney and Associate Curator of Performance Tara Aisha Willis. It is presented in the Turner Galleries on the museum's fourth floor.


About the Artist

Brandon Markell Holmes turns his five hours a day, five days a week spent in the gallery into Office Hours: diligently marking time, he investigates how time passes, how the present moment can be suspended, and whether the artist’s presence is integral to the presence of an artwork. Holmes documents his stay in the gallery with photography, video, and musical composition.

Holmes is a formally trained theater actor who creates common ground in creative storytelling and abstract exposition. His work’s themes are reflective of social observations and the symbiotic relationship between art and history. Holmes's premier works include a visual EP entitled Inertia, featured on Afropunk, Arts Incubator with The University of Chicago, and in conjunction with Open TV Beta at Northwestern University, as well as a collaboration with the international band Gorillaz on the song "Circle of Friendz" on their 2017 album, Humanz. His composition “You Won’t” debuted on Season 4, Episode 5 of Fox’s Empire. Markell's debut full-length album, The Museum of R&B, was released in 2018.