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Tuesday, October 3, 2017
6:00 PM


William Eckhardt Research Center Lobby




Arts and Science Intiative


The Arts, Science & Culture Initiative at UChicago presents a temporary sculpture by Dan Peterman, MFA’86, a Chicago-based artist recently represented in the 2017 Documenta. The installation is composed of thousands of “Z-Forms”— post-consumer reprocessed plastic cut in the form of a Z. "Slipping and Jamming" is an installation created from randomly placed elements linked solely by friction rather than fasteners and that autonomously configure to attain load-bearing capability. Peterman’s sculpture will be installed on the University of Chicago campus for the during the Chicago Architecture Biennial. This installation is supported by the University of Chicago’s Public Art Committee.

Reception to follow.

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Dan Peterman is an internationally renowned Chicago-based artist, an alumnus of UChicago, and co-founder of the Experimental Station. He combines innovative strategies of local engagement and activism with national and international exhibitions, projects, and installations. Among his diverse projects, Peterman explores networks of recycled or discarded materials frequently producing starkly minimal works that function interchangeably as stockpiles, sculpture, functional objects, and critiques of environmental oversight and neglect. Peterman is also a Professor in the College of Architecture, Design, and the Arts at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He participated in the 2017 Documenta in Germany and Greece and is currently represented by Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York.