Magazine article Sculpture

Museum of Contemporary Art

Magazine article Sculpture

Museum of Contemporary Art

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Chicago

Amanda Williams

Through December 31, 2017

Williams, who trained as an architect, uses sculpture and photography to respond to urban conditions, drawing attention to how context dramatically informs the value of materials, and by extension, the value of cities. For her, architecture serves as a microcosm for larger social issues, and she forces viewers to consider the social, political, and racial narratives that conspire to devalue certain neighborhoods, such as Englewood on Chicago's South Side. Though locally focused, her work could apply to countless neighborhoods in countless cities around the world. "Chicago Works" features new sculptures related to Color(ed) Theory, a breakout project in which she painted eight soon-to-be-demolished Englewood houses in vivid colors related to black consumer culture-the teal of Ultra Sheen conditioner and the red of a Flamin' Hot Cheetos bag, for instance. …

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