Feb 25–Apr 16, 2023

Aria DeanAbattoir, U.S.A.!

Image courtesy of the artist.

  • Image courtesy of the artist.

  • Drawing from her long-term research on agricultural and industrial architecture, Aria Dean presents a new film surveying the interior of an American 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’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.

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