Feb 25–Apr 16, 2023

Aria DeanAbattoir, U.S.A.!

Aria Dean, digital animation still (animated by Filip Kostic, modeled by Maya Lila), 2023.

  • Aria Dean, digital animation still (animated by Filip Kostic, modeled by Maya Lila), 2023.

  • Drawing from her long-term research on agricultural and industrial architecture, Aria Dean presents a new film surveying the interior of a slaughterhouse. The work considers the importance of these structures in the development of modernist architecture and urban design, influencing the work of a generation of European architects such as Walter Gropius and Le Corbusier. The omission of the slaughterhouse, or abattoir, from this narrative leads to questions about the relationship between modernism and death, as Dean engages with one such site and its entanglements with fundamental questions of humanity.

    Curated by Myriam Ben Salah.

    Aria Dean (b. 1993) lives and works in New York. In February 2023, she will open a solo exhibition at The Renaissance Society, Chicago. Recent solo and two-person exhibitions and performances include REDCAT, Los Angeles (2021); Greene Naftali, New York (2021); Artists Space, New York (2020); Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève, Geneva (2019); and the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York (2018). Significant group shows include the Whitney Biennial: Quiet as It’s Kept (2022); the Hammer Museum’s biennial Made in L.A. 2020: a version (2021); the Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia (2019); The MAC, Belfast, Northern Ireland (2019); Tai Kwun, Hong Kong (2019); Schinkel Pavillon, Berlin (2018); and Swiss Institute, New York (2018) among others.

    Aria Dean’s new film commission for this exhibition was co-produced by the Vega Foundation.

    Major support for the publication is provided by the HARTWIG ART FOUNDATION.

    Aria Dean’s research for this project was supported by a grant from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts.

    Major annual support for the Renaissance Society is provided by 247 and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

    Additional support is provided by The MacArthur Fund for Culture, Equity, and the Arts at Prince and The Provost’s Discretionary Fund at the University of Chicago. This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

    All Renaissance Society publications are made possible by The Mansueto Foundation Publications Program.

    The Study at University of Chicago is the Renaissance Society’s Exclusive Hotel Sponsor.