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Paul Chan

My laws are my whores
March 01 – April 12, 2009

Sun, Mar 1, 20094:00 pm

Opening Reception and Discussion

Location: The Renaissance Society
Admission: free
There will be a talk with the artist and Hamza Walker from 5:00-6:00 pm in Kent Hall, Room 120.
Mon, Mar 2, 20095:30 pm


Paul Chan

Location: Kent Hall, Room 120, University of Chicago
Admission: free
As his work suggests, Chan always has something to say. His career as both an artist and activist serves as an invaluable example of the social, political, and cultural forces that have shaped contemporary art over the past decade.

This event is co-sponsored with the University of Chicago Open Practice Committee.
Sun, Mar 8, 20092:00 pm


Paul Chan, Guantanamo, and the Sadeian Chateau
Bernard E. Harcourt

Location: Cobb Hall, Rooom 403, down the hall from the gallery
Admission: free
Paul Chan's current exhibit at the Renaissance Society, My laws are my whores, raises a number of fascinating questions about that space where political engagement, artistic creation, and sex-play meet and mesh. From Chan's portraits of the Supreme Court justices, to his video sexualizing police searches, to his contention that there exists "an uncanny resemblance of depravity between the ch?teau of the Marquis de Sade and the prison at Abu Ghraib," Chan's artwork challenges us to reexamine the intersection where constitutional law and punishment practices meet sex, vice, and social control. In his lecture, University of Chicago Professor of Law and Criminology Bernard Harcourt will engage Chan's work in discussion with the Supreme Court's Lawrence decision decriminalizing homosexual sodomy, Fourth Amendment search practices, the Abner Louima police brutality case, and Giorgio Agamben's writings on the Guantanamo prison.


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