Rose petals unlock invisible maps, the scent of wet dirt imbues audience members with magical powers, and viewers use a single piece of fabric to create the impossible… This is “Invisible Roses.” Sensory illusionist and magician Jeanette Andrews returns to the Museum of Contemporary Art with a site-specific performance exploring concepts of certainty and being hidden in plain sight. Immersive and highly-interactive, the entire audience collaborates to create the performance by making crucial decisions and possessing seemingly impossible knowledge. 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.
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.
DATE: Saturday, October 21, 2017
TIME: Performances at 12, 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7 & 8 pm (Running time: 20 minutes)
LOCATION: 220 E Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60611
Tickets: Admission to MCA is free during the 50th Anniversary Weekend of October 21-22
Admission to each performance is first come, first served and limited to 50 participants each
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