Personal Codes III

August 5, 2015

Personal Codes III
Michiko Itatani

Heuser Art Gallery
August 1 - September 18, 2015 
Lecture: September 3, 5pm - Horowitz Auditorium, Caterpillar Global Communications Center
Reception: September 3, 6-7:30pm

Itatani's work has been seen in solo and group exhibitions nationally, and internationally. The larger of these solo exhibitions were at the Alternative Museum, New York City; Musèe du Quebec, Canada; Muskegon Museum, Michigan; Chicago Cultural Center; Shinjuku Park Tower Gallery, Tokyo; Frauen Museum, Bonn, Germany; University of Wyoming Art Museum, WY; Daum Museum of Contemporary Art, MO.

Her works are in many public and private collections, including Museu D’art Contemporani(MACBA), Barcelona, Spain, Olympic Museum, Switzerland, Tokoha Museum, Japan,  Musée du Québec, Canada, Art Institute of Chicago,  Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, State of Illinois Museum, NIU Museum, IL, Muskegon Museum of Art, MI, Erie Art Museum, PA, Maier Museum,VA, Cincinnati Art Museum, OH, Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, NV, Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA, Eli & Edythe Broad Art Museum, Michigan State University, MI

Itatani is a Professor at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has taught at many other institutions, for example, SACI, Florence, Italy; University of Bonn, Germany; Royal College of Art, London; China National Academy of Fine Arts, China; Tokyo National University of Art and Music, Japan.

She has received National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, Marie Sharp Walsh New York Studio Grant and John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship among others. 

From the Artist:

"I made a very personal series of works titled “Personal Codes” in 2010. The work continued to expand to “CTRL-Home / Echo”, dealing with my relationship to my birth land and my childhood. In the past, I have been always looking at “now and forward” in the larger context of society, countries, Planet Earth and the Universe. So, this was a surprise development for myself. It was prior to the Tsunami/Nuclear disaster in Japan in 2011. And the subsequent passing of my mother. In retrospective, it seems my work was ahead of the time and my life. It has become necessary for me to further examine my childhood in order to understand and redefine my present. The recurring title “Cosmic Wanderlust” expresses my state of being. The exhibition title “Personal Codes III” is the core concept which originated in this body of work.

Through this inquiry into historical, cultural, sociopolitical and psychological human conditions, I am trying to come to terms with the complex reality of the 21st Century. And my vision stays pathetically optimistic."

Michiko Itatani 2015


Cosmic Wanderlust” painting from Moon-light/Mooring CW-1  
2009   96”x156”  oil on canvas