Incoming MFA Joseph Cruz solo show


Location: Chicago Artists Coalition, 217 N. Carpenter Street

The Chicago Artists Coalition is pleased to present Assembling Vestiges, a solo exhibition featuring new work by BOLT Resident Joseph G. Cruz. The exhibitions will have an opening reception on Friday, September 6 from 6–9pm at the Chicago Artists Coalition, located at 217 N. Carpenter Street (free and open the public).


Joseph G. Cruz: Assembling Vestiges
BOLT Residency Solo Exhibition
Opening Reception: September 6, from 6–9pm
CAC Exhibition Dates: September 6–26, 2013
EXPO CHICAGO Exhibition Dates: September 19-22, 2013

The exhibition will also have a special presentation at EXPO CHICAGO-The International Exposition of Contemporary & Modern Art at Navy Pier from September 19-22.  As a satellite installation of Assembling Vestiges at CAC’s West Loop gallery space, Joseph G. Cruz will also present Assembling the Lunar in Booth #238 at EXPO CHICAGO. This is the second year the BOLT Residency has had a special presentation at EXPO CHICAGO. This year’s selection of BOLT resident Joseph G. Cruz was juried and curated by Dieter Roelstraete, Manilow Senior Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.  


Joseph G. Cruz: Assembling Vestiges & Assembling the Lunar

In Assembling Vestiges and Assembling the Lunar, BOLT Resident Joseph G. Cruz compounds and abates “geohistorical locativity” by investigating representations of nineteenth-century polar expeditions, satellite imagery, and lunar exploration. The exhibition features new works including a sound installation that translates recent topographic mapping of the far side of the moon, a microscopic illustration of the night sky of the first moon walk in 1969, scientific artifacts such as lunar meteorites and volcanic crystals only found in Antarctica, insulating ‘space’ blankets, a commissioned reproduction of William Turner’s painting Sunset From the Top of Rigi, and a video work incorporating the appropriated footage of Charlie Chaplin’s ‘nod to polar exploration’ where he endlessly eats his own boot.

Cruz’s love for the discovery of historical, cultural, and scientific context become evident in his use of curatorial strategies, often resulting in poetic and humorous narrative. For more information about the exhibition and artist’s bio, please CLICK HERE.