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OPENING RECEPTION Sun. Sep 28, 2008, 4:00 - 7:00 pm

The Renaissance Society will present the first solo Midwest museum exhibition of Mexico City-based artist Francis Alÿs. Using diverse media, Alÿs´ work frequently addresses Latin America´s recurrent social, economic, and political troubles. For his exhibition at The Society, Alÿs will present his animation Bolero, along with the 511 graphite drawings from which the animation is made, and Politics of Rehearsal, a 30-minute video that combines footage of a speech by President Truman, narration by critic Cuauhtémoc Medina, and a rehearsal for a striptease. Rehearsalparallels sociopolitical promises from Latin America with the tactics of a stripper-always leaving something to be desired.

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Francis Alÿs