September 22-25, 2016
For EXPO Chicago 2016, Gallery Wendi Norris is pleased to present a two-person booth with gallery artists: Firelei Báez and Miguel Angel Ríos. In addition, a selection of public artworks by Ríos, curated by Daria de Beauvais, Curator, Palais de Tokyo, and by Julio César Morales, curated by Diana Nawi, Associate Curator, Pérez Art Museum Miami, are included as part of IN/SITU, Expo Chicago’s program of public artworks. Báez’s new and vivid large scale paintings on canvas and paper pair with Ríos’s rarely exhibited folded maps from his signature series from the late 1990’s. For IN/SITU Ríos presents new video work while Morales exhibits six site-specific, text-based banners and vinyl artworks throughout the fair and in the Expo’s lounge sponsored by Wansas Tequila. Each artist re-writes historical narratives from Latin American and/or the Caribbean as a means to examine how the body is subjugated today under various conditions—be it colonialism and identity politics in the case of Báez, forced and dangerous migratory conditions in the case of Ríos, or underground economies in the case of Morales.