A site-specific work for the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago’s 50th Anniversary.
Handed a map to the performance, museum patrons unfold the paper, noting it is blank other than a simple instruction to “locate roses.” They begin a sort of scavenger hunt in the museum, with Fresh sod squishing underfoot welcoming them to a display of a thousand roses…. those rose petals unlock the real, previously invisible map to the performance. During the cousre of the work, sensory illusionist and magician Jeanette Andrews leads the audience in a series of illusions, magic, experiments. The scent of wet dirt imbues audience members with magical powers, and viewers use a single piece of fabric to create the impossible… For this work, Andrews returned to the Museum of Contemporary Art with a site-specific performance exploring concepts of certainty and being hidden in plain sight. Responding to Christo and Jean-Claude’s fabric wrapping of the MCA’s building in 1969, Andrews’ series of mysterious installations and interactive performances serve as a celebration of the museum’s future. ©
Read the MCA’s blog on the behind the scenes of “Invisible Roses”:
Photos: Michael Sullivan (On the Real Film) with additional images from Catherine Miller
Video: Justin Leyba (The Control Room)
Special Thanks to: Caryn & Mike Andrews, Ann Meisinger, January Parkos Arnall, Abraham Ritchie, Amanda Abernathy, Aubrey Ainsworth, Benjamin Barnes, Eric Andrews, Ethan Schleeter, Heather Miller, Kristen Kaniewski, Jeffrey O’Malley, Joshua Adam Rupp & Ashley Ann Rupp, Lorenzo Conte, Luciano Ristori, Molly Steere, Rick Ekelof, Will Rogers, and Central Sod Farms, Inc.
In Memory of Eugene Burger & Jason McNinch
On Jeanette Andrews:
Jeanette Andrews is a contemporary illusionist/magician who specializes in creating interactive sensory illusions, possessing a contemplative take on the art of the impossible. Andrews uses scientific oddities and sensory anomalies to bridge everyday life to a special, heightened world. Hailed as one of the most innovative illusionists today, Andrews has staged hundreds of performances at museums, theaters and universities across the United States, including sold-out and standing-room-only crowds at the Museum of Contemporary Art and Birmingham Museum of Art and recent performances for the International Museum of Surgical Science and Chicago Ideas Week. Her performances are far more intellectual than pulling a rabbit out of a hat: Andrews has invented a unique take on this ancient art form by combining influences not typically seen in magic performances such as immersive theater, quantum physics, and philosophy. She is the only magician worldwide known to be awarded an artist’s residency, including being a High Concept Labs Sponsored Artist and artist in residence for The Institute for Art and Olfaction. Illusion is Ms. Andrews’ life’s work and her performances have been praised by The Daily Mail, the Chicago Tribune and PBS.