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A Genius of the Spot

January 11, 2020 - March 8, 2020

Genius of the Spot features figurative sculptures made by Ava Carney during her residency at the Athletic Field Park Ceramic Studio. This year long program was the first of its kind offered by the Chicago Park District. The new A-I-R initiative currently hosts residents at the Athletic Field Park and Tuley Park.

Artist’s Statement: “When I visited the Garfield Park Conservatory, I was struck by a quote from Lorado Taft displayed at the entrance to the fern room. It reads, ‘I wish that every small park and playground might have its fit sculptural adornment — a kindly genius of the spot.’ Here, genius is used in its older Latin form, meaning ‘attendant spirit’. Guided by this idea, it is my hope that the figures I have created embody the ‘spirit of the place’, so to speak, and do their part in capturing the wonder of the ancient fern garden.”

Stop by the Fern Room to see this exhibit, now extended through March 8!

This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.


January 11, 2020
March 8, 2020
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