Exhibitions

BMO Harris Bank Chicago Works:Andrew Yang

Images

  • Just right of center, an organic round shape in a hazy light gray seems to emerge from a jet black background. It hovers around or behind a bright white spot at its center.
  • Dozens of rocks and minerals are arranged with small gaps in between.
  • Seven fish bowls are filled with different substances and sit on top of a shelf.
Just right of center, an organic round shape in a hazy light gray seems to emerge from a jet black background. It hovers around or behind a bright white spot at its center.
Andrew Yang, A beach (for Carl Sagan), 2016 (detail). Installation; overall dimensions variable
Courtesy of the artist
Dozens of rocks and minerals are arranged with small gaps in between.
Andrew Yang, the Way within (detail), 2016. Mixed media; overall dimensions variable
Courtesy of the artist
Seven fish bowls are filled with different substances and sit on top of a shelf.
Andrew Yang, Stella’s Stoichiometry (all things being equal, 6 lb. 13 oz.), 2012. Tap water, rock sugar, canola oil, powdered L-Arginine, three oyster shells, Rumford’s baking powder, glass containers, vinyl; overall dimensions variable
Courtesy of the artist

In Andrew Yang’s (American, b. 1973) first solo museum exhibition, the artist and trained biologist contemplates our relation to the Milky Way, to which the majority of people have no basic visual access. Yang attempts to close this distance in a work that explores our shared elemental equivalencies; as inherent parts of the Milky Way galaxy, our corporeal bodies are, in a very real sense, celestial bodies.

“The total of stars in the universe is larger than all the grains of sand on all the beaches of planet earth.” So claimed Carl Sagan. In fact, astronomers estimated in 2003 that for every grain of sand on earth’s beaches and deserts there exist ten times as many stars above. Yang takes Sagan’s pronouncement to heart in a scale model of the Milky Way in which one grain of sand represents one star; the estimated 100 billion stars are approximated by more than seven tons of sand. The work is accompanied by low level, white noise, which contains traces of the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB)—a residual signal of the origination of the universe. Modeled after the vastness of the galaxy, the installation provides an immersive and contemplative experience that brings viewers to the shore of the cosmic ocean.

The exhibition is organized by Joey Orr, Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellow at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.

The exhibition is presented in the Dr. Paul and Dorie Sternberg Family Gallery and Ed and Jackie Rabin Gallery on the museum’s third floor.

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Installation Images

  • Dimly lit sand dunes stand out against a dark black background. An irregularly shaped light formation is projected on the wall above the dunes like a moon rising in the night sky.
  • A large table with rocks and minerals delicately arranged sits in front of a wall covered in text.
  • A gallery space contains an irregular-shaped table with various rock-like objects displayed on it. On an adjacent wall are hung a photograph of a human placenta and a photograph of a lava rock. On the other wall is a center-aligned text piece.
  • A large table holds rocks, minerals, and other substances that are delicately arranged.
  • Two wall-mounted flat screens in a white gallery space with headphones attached, show white objects on a black background. A black leather chair is situated in front of each television.
  • Two dunes of sand are dimly lit in a dark room. Above them is a video projection of a light or some astronomical event.
Dimly lit sand dunes stand out against a dark black background. An irregularly shaped light formation is projected on the wall above the dunes like a moon rising in the night sky.
  1. Long In a dark, black gallery, there are five or six dimly lit sand dunes of various heights. The dunes appear very meticulously formed and sculpted. On one of the walls above the dunes is a video projection that looks like a big light in the night sky.
Andrew Yang, A Beach (for Carl Sagan), 2016. Installation view, BMO Harris Bank Chicago Works: Andrew Yang, MCA Chicago, Jul 26–Dec 31, 2016
Photo: Paul Carlo Esposito, © MCA Chicago
A large table with rocks and minerals delicately arranged sits in front of a wall covered in text.
Installation view, BMO Harris Bank Chicago Works: Andrew Yang, MCA Chicago, Jul 26–Dec 31, 2016
Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago
A gallery space contains an irregular-shaped table with various rock-like objects displayed on it. On an adjacent wall are hung a photograph of a human placenta and a photograph of a lava rock. On the other wall is a center-aligned text piece.
Installation view, BMO Harris Bank Chicago Works: Andrew Yang, MCA Chicago, Jul 26–Dec 31, 2016
Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago
A large table holds rocks, minerals, and other substances that are delicately arranged.
Installation view, BMO Harris Bank Chicago Works: Andrew Yang, MCA Chicago, Jul 26–Dec 31, 2016
Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago
Two wall-mounted flat screens in a white gallery space with headphones attached, show white objects on a black background. A black leather chair is situated in front of each television.
Installation view, BMO Harris Bank Chicago Works: Andrew Yang, MCA Chicago, Jul 26–Dec 31, 2016
Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago
Two dunes of sand are dimly lit in a dark room. Above them is a video projection of a light or some astronomical event.
  1. Long Two large dunes of sand are dimly lit in a dark room. The sand runs off to the left in a mild slope. Above the dunes, there is a video projection on a black wall. This image appears to be some kind of event in the night sky. It looks like an astronomical event happening just off of a horizon.
Andrew Yang, A Beach (for Carl Sagan), 2016. Installation view, BMO Harris Bank Chicago Works: Andrew Yang, MCA Chicago, Jul 26–Dec 31, 2016
Photo: Paul Carlo Esposito, © MCA Chicago

Funding

Major support for BMO Harris Bank Chicago Works: Andrew Yang is provided by BMO Harris Bank.

Additional generous support is provided by the Sandra and Jack Guthman Chicago Works Exhibition Fund.