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Artist Talk: Dan Peterman

Sheets of drywall stacked in a gallery

In conjunction with Monochrome Multitudes, the Smart Museum of Art and University of Chicago partners present a quarter-long artist talk series.

Join Dan Peterman and other exhibiting artists as they consider the rich and sometimes idiosyncratic references and resonances in their own work, while also speaking to the histories of the monochrome and abstraction broadly conceived.

FREE, but space is limited. Advanced registration encouraged »


Dan Peterman is Professor at the University of Illinois, Chicago, and a local leader with a long relationship to the University of Chicago. He is a graduate of the Department of Visual Art (MFA ’86) and has been an active lecturer in the department’s Open Practice Committee and other University units. He co-founded “The Experimental Station,” which has been an engine for revitalization and resource reuse ever since its founding in 2002 and built on over a decade of related prior work. As part of the Smart Museum’s 2000 exhibition Ecologies: Mark Dion, Peter Fend, Dan Peterman, Peterman produced the installation Excerpts from Universal Lab (Plan B), now in the permanent collection; it incorporated discarded objects from University laboratories and set up a new independent lab for idiosyncratic research. He revisited this work in the Smart Museum’s 2004 exhibition Beyond Green: Toward a Sustainable Art. Recently, Peterman worked with University leadership to receive the construction model of the Rubenstein Forum for future use in his artistic practice. Beyond the University, Peterman is an internationally renowned artist. In addition to his recent exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, his work has been exhibited at Documenta 14, the Venice Biennial, the Van Abbemuseum Eindhoven, and the Kunsthalle Basel, among many others.  



Support for the Monochrome Multitudes artist lecture series has been provided by the Goethe-Institut and the following University of Chicago partners: Center for East Asian Studies, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for the Art of East Asia, Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality, Department of Art History, Franke Institute for the Humanities, Institute on the Formation of Knowledge, Open Practice Committee in the Department of Visual Arts, and Wigeland Fund in the Division of the Humanities.

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Dan Peterman, installation view of Corridor (sulfur cycle), 2022, 72 sheets gypsum drywall, wood, straps, build agreement with South Side Chicago housing developer. Courtesy of the artist. Photo by Claire Rich.