Renaissance Society announces Teen Paranormal Romance

The Renaissance Society at The University of Chicago presents Teen Paranormal Romance an exhibition on view March 9–April 13, 2014. The exhibition will include sculpture, photography, and video by Kathryn Andrews, Ed Atkins, Chris Bradley, Roe Ethridge, GuytonWalker, Anna Gray & Ryan Wilson Paulsen, Anna K.E., and Jack Lavender. Teen Paranormal Romance is curated by Hamza Walker.

Within popular culture, expression given to adolescent drives has only intensified as the genre of Teen Romance has been distilled and repackaged as Teen Paranormal Romance. Twilight, The Hunger Games, True Blood, and the Divergent Trilogy are dystopic, psychosexual cyphers for the panoply of Obama-era ideological positions—from revanchist religious, economic, and sexual politics to Libertarian fever-dream apocalypticism. This exhibition samples artistic production in the wake of a zeitgeist that has rendered the unconscious a derelict playground home to weeds of surrealism.

Other news: Nora Schultz’s exhibition catalog, Parrottree, was published in conjunction with Schultz’s recent solo exhibition at the Renaissance Society. The publication features contributions by Keren Cytter, John Kelsey, Seth Price, Solveig Øvstebø, and an inset 64-page magazine by Nora Schultz. The publication is available for purchase through the Renaissance Society online museum store.

Founded in 1915, the Renaissance Society is a non-collecting museum of contemporary art committed to supporting artists through the commissioning of new work and the production of exhibitions, publications, and interdisciplinary education programs. All programs are admission-free and open to the public. Located on the campus of the University of Chicago, in Cobb Hall on the fourth floor, the Society is open Tuesday to Friday from 10am to 5pm, and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5pm.Visit www.renaissancesociety.org to learn more about upcoming exhibitions and events.

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