Laurie Simmons’ (b. 1949) prolific oeuvre explores how image culture creates and perpetuates myths within society. A retrospective show at Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago highlights the artist’s exploration of female gender roles – drawing on works from the late-1970s to today.
The strikingly relevant works span photographs, sculptures and films, many of which manipulate scale to investigate ideas of fiction and reality. Tropes from Simmons’ childhood come under scrutiny – including the 1950s housewife and the Wild West cowboy.
The exhibition opens 23 February. Find out more here.
1. Laurie Simmons, Country Road: Kentucky, 1984. Photo: courtesy the artist and Salon 94, © Laurie Simmons.