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Talk | 24-7, 365: A Roundtable on the Life and Work of Gregory Bae

January 22, 20233:00 pm - 4:30 pm

A film plays on a wall in a darkened room next to a doorway revealing a brightly lit staircase.

Installation view, Chicago Works: Gregory Bae, MCA Chicago, Jun 28, 2022–Mar 12, 2023. Work shown: Gregory Bae, One Coinciding Minute Felt in Rotation on 10.31.14 Seoul/10.30.14 New York City, 2014. Courtesy of the Bae Family. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.

About the Event

A central fixture and connective force within Chicago’s artist community, Gregory Bae (b. 1986, Salt Lake City, UT; d. 2021, Chicago, IL) played many roles during his time in the city, among them artist, educator, curator, and organizer.

On the occasion of Chicago Works: Gregory Bae, which presents a focused selection of Bae’s work, join artists Josh Dihle, Mika Horibuchi, and Tony Lewis—all of whom were close friends with Bae—for a broader look at his practice, as they share memories of his past projects, community organizing, and the context in which his work emerged. The discussion is moderated by Nolan Jimbo, Marjorie Susman Curatorial Fellow and curator of the exhibition.

MCA Talks highlight cutting-edge thinking and contemporary art practices across disciplines. This program is organized by Daniel Atkinson, Manager of Learning, Adult Interpretive Programs, and Nolan Jimbo.

About the Speakers

A light-skinned man smiles at the camera in a room amid colorful, biomorphic sculptures.

Josh Dihle. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Josh Dihle is an artist, curator, and organizer in Chicago. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and he has held numerous artist residencies, most recently in Krems, Austria (2021). He is cofounder of Color Club, an experimental arts and events facility in Chicago; cofounder of Barely Fair, an international miniature art fair; and codirector of Julius Caesar, a nonprofit artist-run project space. His work and curatorial projects have been written about in The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, New City, Artspace, The Washington Post, and Artsy. Dihle holds an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a BA from Middlebury College. He is represented by Andrew Rafacz.

A female with long dark hair and square bangs poses against a wood plank wall. She is dressed in all white and looks off to her left.

Mika Horibuchi. Photo: Nathan Keay.

Mika Horibuchi (b. 1991 in San Francisco, California) received her BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2013. She has recently had solo exhibitions at Bortolami Gallery in New York (2022), The Richard H. Driehaus Museum in Chicago (2020-21), and the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (2018). Horibuchi has also exhibited at Anat Ebgi, Los Angeles; Jessica Silverman Gallery, San Francisco; Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, Louisville; Patron Gallery, Chicago; Salon ACME, Mexico City; and Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago. Horibuchi is the cofounder and codirector of the artist-run gallery space 4th Ward Project Space, located in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood. She is represented by Patron Gallery, Chicago.

Three-quarter portrait of a bearded man with light brown skin looking directly into the camera. An air filtration mask hangs from his neck.

Tony Lewis. Photo: Evan Jenkins.

In an ever-expanding engagement with drawing, Tony Lewis (b. 1986, Los Angeles, CA) harnesses the medium of graphite powder to confront such social and political topics as race, power, communication, and labor. His work has been featured in numerous museum exhibitions throughout the world, including at the Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, CO; Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, ME; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington DC; Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA; Modern Institute, Glasgow, Scotland; Museo Marino Marini, Florence, Italy; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL; Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland, OH; Studio Museum Harlem, New York, NY; and the Whitney Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, NY; and he was the recipient of the 2017–2018 Ruth Ann and Nathan Perlmutter Artist-in-Residence Award at the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University, Waltham, MA. Lewis lives and works in Chicago, IL.

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