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To Perform, To Conceal Recommended Member Picks Image Closing (Theater and Galleries)

When: Feb. 8-28 2014

Sometime last summer, someone in Humboldt Park packed up more than 100 photos and slides into a few Epson photo paper boxes, slipped them into a plastic bag, and left them on top of a Dumpster near the corner of Chicago and Washtenaw. A neighborhood resident found the stash and passed it on to a friend named Paul-David Young, an occasional curator who works in the imaging department at the Art Institute. Young was fascinated. The photos looked like the standard portfolio created by an art student: a mix of black-and-white and color, digital and analog, basic portraits and more experimental projects. Based on the portrait subjects' clothes, Young deduced that they'd been taken within the past five years, possibly in New York. "Some are trash, some have merit," he says. "There are moments of brilliance and bravery and moments of youthful narcissism. They're very earnest and sincere." Continue reading >>



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