Friday, November 11, 2016

Chicago Art exhibit allows visitors to interact with Hindu images

By Joan Dittmann
Thater's piece was filmed at the Galtaji Temple (a Hindu pilgrimage site) in Jaipur, India in India. Courtesy of LACMA
ILLINOIS---A new exhibit at Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art allows visitors to step inside art. "Diana Thater: The Sympathetic Imagination", uses projectors on the floor and walls plus monitor screens around the rooms to fill gallery spaces with engaging still and video images. One example is the piece "Life is a Time-Based Medium" which projects visitors' shadows onto a static image of a Hindu temple in India. A doorway opening in the gallery aligns with the projection of a temple doorway and through these visitors get glimpses of the monkeys in the next gallery, videos of sacred monkeys that run wild in the temple. [link]

Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago: "Diana Thater: The Sympathetic Imagination" (Ends January 8, 2017); 220 E Chicago Ave Chicago, IL; (312)280-2660;
'Life Is a Time-Based Medium,' a recent piece shot near Jaipur. Courtesy of The Wall Street Journal