Site without specificity – Picasso and Chicago

Pablo Picasso, Untitled ("The Picasso"), dedicated 1967, Core ten steel, 50 ft. high, Daley Plaza, Chicago
Pablo Picasso, Untitled (“The Picasso”), dedicated 1967, Core ten steel, 50 ft. high, Daley Plaza, Chicago
Photograph taken by author, 27 March 2013

I promise this is not a blog solely about public sculpture, though I do find it interesting that I both feel the need to express that caveat and have been thinking about ‘public things’ a lot lately. Once you start looking for them, you realize these encumbered objects are everywhere, and while they take on tremendous collective significance they often remain invisible. It is a weird experience to regularly walk by a 50ft. hunk of steel and not ‘see’ it. This week, however, a visit to the Art Institute of Chicago and its new exhibition, Picasso and Chicago, made me acutely aware of the¬†dissonance between sculpture’s visible and invisible nature, especially in regards to its always complex connection to site. Continue reading “Site without specificity – Picasso and Chicago”