Exhibitions

Mika Rottenberg: Easypieces

  • Bergman Family Gallery
    Second Floor, South Side
    220 E Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60611
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Mika Rottenberg, Cosmic Generator (still), 2017. Video, sound, color; 26:37 min. © Mika Rottenberg. Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth.
Mika Rottenberg, Cosmic Generator (still), 2017. Video, sound, color; 26:37 min. © Mika Rottenberg. Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth.
Mika Rottenberg, Finger 2018. Artificial finger and mechanical system, 2 ¾ x 5 1/8 in (7 × 13 cm). Installation view, Mika Rottenberg, Kunsthaus Bregenz, Austria, 2018. Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth. Photo: Miro Kuzmanovic.
Mika Rottenberg, Cosmic Generator (still), 2017. Video, sound, color; 26:37 min. © Mika Rottenberg. Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth.
Mika Rottenberg, NoNoseKnows (still), 2015. Video with sound and sculptural installation, 22 min, dimensions variable. Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth.
Mika Rottenberg, Sneeze (still), 2012. Single-channel video installation, sound, color, dimensions variable; approx. 3 min. Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth.

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Using absurdist satire to address critical issues of our time, Mika Rottenberg (Argentinian, b. 1976) offers subversive allegories for contemporary life. Her videos and installations interweave documentation with fiction, and often feature protagonists in factory-like settings who manufacture goods ranging from cultured pearls to millions of brightly colored plastic items sold wholesale in Chinese superstores. Presenting several recent projects including Rottenberg’s newest video installation Spaghetti Blockchain (2019), which explores ancient and contemporary ideas about materialism, the exhibition traces central themes in the artist’s oeuvre, such as labor, technology, and the interconnectedness of the mechanical and the bodily.

The exhibition is organized Margot Norton, curator at the New Museum, New York. The MCA’s presentation of the exhibition has been coorganized by Bana Kattan, Barjeel Global Fellow. It is presented in the Bergman Family Gallery on the museum’s second floor.