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JULY 11-AUG.1, 2008
[Click here to tour the online overview of the show]
10 Years of Magical Thinking
art, echoes, and a few things you left behind
Beyond grief and memorial, the space that follows a partnerís death is filled with weirdness and wonder. Physical artifacts left behind, of course, but also things remembered, maybe imagined, certainly dreamt. Possibilities turned inside out and back again.
Joan Didion called this odd space her Year of Magical Thinking, in a best-seller (later a Broadway play) about the aftermath of the death of her husband, John Gregory Dunne. But the strangeness of sudden loss, at any age, doesnít end in a year - it just morphs into new, unusual things as time goes on.
Not necessarily sad things, but things to look back on and wonder: What did they mean then? What do they mean now?
Click here to enter an online version of the show ...
"10 Years of Magical Thinking" marks, to the weekend, the 10th anniversary of the death of my partner, Gray McGhee, from acute leukemia. Against expectations, life has offered up much to celebrate since then, including the creation of this new art space, in Chicago and online.
The exhibit's opening reception is Friday, July 11, from 6-10 p.m., during the Chicago Arts District's 2nd Fridays Gallery Night in Pilsen (18th and Halsted). More than 30 galleries will be open to the public from 6-10 p.m. within(Reason) is at 1932 S Halsted, Fountainhead Lofts Building #408. For a map, visit this page. The exhibit can be viewed by special appointment through Aug. 1 by emailing ron@ArtWithinReason.com or phoning 773.562.7474.