Conversation and Cocktails: An Evening with Katie Kahn, Lin Hixson, and Matthew Goulish

CHICAGO - Kruger Gallery Chicago is proud to present “Conversation and Cocktails: An Evening with Katie Kahn, Lin Hixson, and Matthew Goulish” Thursday, October 22 from 6-8 pm at 3709 N Southport Avenue.  Responding to Kahn’s current solo exhibition on display at Kruger Gallery Chicago, “UP, CARCASS, AND MARCH!” Hixson & Goulish will engage Kahn on various aspects of her process, content, methodologies, and meanings.

Katie Kahn’s exhibition, UP, CARCASS, AND MARCH!, on view until October 24, features drawings atop double-spread pages of the New York Times using ballpoint pen, correction fluid and tape, gouache and gel pen.  Generally finished over an extended period of time, the resulting works, steeped in social, political, and personal content, explore the connections between the formal and improvisational processes of art-making.  They could be understood as revealing one’s psyche’s response to media stories and mass-market images.

Kahn began using the New York Times as a generative ground ten years ago, after the death of her father, Chicago artist, Max Kahn.  Using only ballpoint pen and correction fluid, these bare-bones drawings were focused on the act of drawing itself, and were fueled by a desire to make work that was as close to pure content as possible.  As the series progressed, gouache, metallic paints and gel pens were utilized to, among other things, shift and amplify the meanings of the often ironic juxtaposition of headlines, news photo, stories, and advertisements.  Patterns of representation in both text and images were noted and formal strategies evolved - including layering, subtraction, subdivision and elaboration - to reveal, conceal and alter content.

Katie Kahn exhibits nationally, with solo exhibitions in Chicago, Houston, and New York.  She received her MFA from Yale University and is a recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts Individual Artist fellowship.  She lives in Chicago and is an Associate Professor at Northern Illinois University.

Lin Hixson & Matthew Goulish are internationally recognized performance artists & writers.  Co-founders of the performance groups Goat Island (1987) and Every House Has a Door (2008), Hixson serves as the company’s director while Goulish acts as the company’s dramaturge and occasional performer.  They are both professors at the School of the Art Institute Chicago.

Lin Hixson was awarded the Ziporyn Fellowship in 2009, and a Foundation for Contemporary Arts fellowship in 2014.  She received an honorary doctorate from Darlington College of Arts, University of Plymouth in 2007.  She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, The Illinois Arts Council, and the Chicago Dancemakers’ Forum.  Her writing has been published in the journals Poetry, The Drama Review, and Performance Research; and included in the anthologies Live: Art and Performance; Perform, Repeat, Record: Live Art in History;  and (with her drawings) Manifesto Now!: Instructions for Performance, Philosophy, Politics.  She is co-curator of performance at Chicago’s Sector 2337.  She received her MFA in Studio Arts from Otis Art Institute of Parsons School of Design in 1980.

Matthew Goulish was awarded a Lannan Foundation Writers Residency in 2004 and received an honorary doctorate from Darlington College of Arts, University of Plymouth in 2007, and shared a Foundation for Contemporary Art fellowship with Hixson in 2014.  His books include  39 Microlectures: in proximity of performance (2000),  The Brightest Thing in the World- 3 lectures from The Institute of Failure (2012), and Work from Memory, in collaboration with the poet Dan Beachy-Quick (2012).  His essays have appeared in Art Journal, The Drama Review, and the books Support Networks,  in the Chicago Social Practice History Series (2014),  Performing Cities (2014), and Beckett and Musicality (2014).

About Kruger Gallery Chicago & Marfa

Kruger Gallery has two locations: Chicago and Marfa, Texas.  Both are committed to an avant-garde ideal that art can be an agent for social and political change and represent artists working in a variety of media and design.  While Kruger Gallery Chicago operates under a conventional commercial gallery model, Kruger Gallery Marfa focuses on the more noncommercial practices of art including performance, video, sound and installation.

Chicago gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 12 - 6 pm or by appointment.  For additional information, visit or call 312.995.0776.  Kruger Gallery Marfa, located at 212 E San Antonio Street, is open Thursday - Saturday, 12 pm - 5 pm.   For more information on our Marfa location, please visit or call 432.295.2577. 

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