After a decade’s long stay, Room 28 has checked out of The James Chicago. The installation by Chicago artist Joel Ross, was the first piece to enter the permanent art collection of The James in 2006. The seminal work, in which the contents of an entire Texas motel room are repacked in to a minimal stack of vintage suitcases, will be on loan to exhibitions throughout the country for the next several years.
Beginning October 7, 2016 through January 29, 2017, Room 28 will be featured in Ross’ survey exhibition, Deconstructing the American Landscape, at the Rockford Art Museum in Rockford, IL. The installation will be presented alongside the artist’s many photographs, sculptures, and works on paper, all of which inspired by the varying sites and demographics that form the landscape of the U.S.
From Rockford, Room 28 will travel across the nation in Baggage Claims, a group show exploring the forces that drive the movement of people and material goods worldwide. Featured alongside works by Richard Artschwager, Walead Beshty, Hussein Chalayan, Zoe Leonard, and many more, Ross’ installation will continue its journey in September 2017 to the Orlando Museum of Art, followed by Weatherspoon Art Museum in North Carolina, on to Robert C. Peeler Center in Indiana, and finally to Weisman Art Museum in Minnesota, through May 2019.
Joel Ross is represented by #artatthejames cultural partner Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago, where he will exhibit his fifth solo exhibition in summer 2017.