University of Chicago
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The Renaissance Society is thrilled to announce Heirloom, an upcoming solo exhibition by Chicago-based artist Matthew Metzger.
In Heirloom, Metzger presents an ensemble of new works conceived as an installation for the Ren and its architectural space. This exhibition strategically brings together a collection of “odds and ends”—paintings that echo and invert motifs shared among many of Metzger’s ongoing series. Whether political regimes, expressive vocabularies, or simply the heart’s ability to pump blood, what do we do with the systems we inherit that fail repeatedly? This question has continued to unravel slowly in Metzger’s studio over the past four years, as he considers the ramifications and aesthetics of learned behaviors or ideologies, as well as their impacts on traditions of expression.