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04/18/2020 - 06/28/2020
Chicago (IL)

Miho Dohi

Dohi Miho, Buttai 57, 2019.

This solo exhibition by Dohi Miho was originally scheduled to open to the public on April 18. As the Renaissance Society remains closed until further notice, images of each work in the show are available on the museum’s website. A suite of new online programming will accompany this presentation, taking various live and pre-recorded forms.

Time & Location

April 18 – June 28
The Renaissance Society (Chicago, IL)


Dohi Miho uses materials such as yarn, wire, paint, fabric, sheet metal, and tape to create lively, invitingly tactile sculptures she describes simply as buttai, or objects. Each work gradually coalesces into its own form as contrasting elements— hard and soft, linear and planar, bright and matte—come together in intricate twists and layers. The resulting constructions express idiosyncratic identities through rich, multifaceted surfaces. Every viewing angle reveals a dramatically distinct profile, each nook and cranny offering a fresh detail. This exhibition presents a cross-section of Dohi’s recent practice, showcasing her signature balance of visual generosity and a peculiar sense of internal harmony. It is the Kanagawa, Japan-based sculptor’s first in a U.S. museum.

This exhibition is supported through the JFNY Grant for Arts and Culture.

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Online Programs

Audio Tour: Exhibition Walk-Through

In this online audio tour, curator Karsten Lund shares his perspective on a number of key works in the exhibition. Listen here.

Reading: Hoa Nguyen

Hoa Nguyen is the recipient of a 2019 Pushcart Prize and was nominated for the 2017 Griffin Poetry Prize. Nguyen’s poems, like Dohi’s sculptures, take shape as fragmentary forms that hold together tightly; each enacts a lively off-balancing of their chosen materials, whether language or tactile things. For this online program, Nguyen presents her poems in a special home-recorded reading, available on the museum’s website beginning May 7. Listen here.

Lecture: Shannon Stratton
May 17, Online Live Event

In a live-streamed program, writer and curator Shannon Stratton shares a series of poetic, insightful responses to Dohi’s work, attuned to its materials and processes. Learn more.

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