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January 17, 2022 to May 8, 2022 | Leir Gallery, Screening Room

Milano Chow: Prima Facie

This exhibition will mark Milano Chow’s solo institutional debut. Presented in two first floor galleries, Chow will unveil a new body of works on paper spanning two and three dimensions. Handsome, entrancing and ghostly, Chow’s exquisite monochromatic collages rendered in graphite, ink and photo transfer, cast modish women in self-possessed cameos staged in gilded Beaux-Arts architectural interiors that feel cloistered and deserted. Under the influence of surrealism, the Chicago Imagists, fashion photography and Hollywood film noir, Chow’s ornamented mise-en-scènes are frozen in time and loaded with bespoke incidence. Strutting postures rife with unsettling innuendo, Chow frames her women as protagonist and bystander. Her cloaked melodramas intimate confessions, secrets, and adrift dreams. She uses persistent symbols of grandeur, grace and time to survey gender, power and social order.


Milano Chow was born in 1987 in Los Angeles, California, where she currently lives and works. She has had solo exhibitions at Bel Ami, Los Angeles; Adams and Ollman, Portland; Chapter NY, New York; Galleria Acappella, Naples; and Mary Mary, Glasgow. She was included in the Whitney Biennial 2019 at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, and was a 2018 recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant.

The exhibition is organized by Amy Smith-Stewart, Senior Curator, and will be accompanied by the artist’s first museum publication.



Generous support for Milano Chow is provided by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, The Poses Family Foundation, and Benjamin and Donna Rosen. The catalogue for Milano Chow is generously supported by the Eric Diefenbach and James Keith Brown Publications Fund.


Top image: Milano Chow, Checkered Floor I, 2020. Courtesy of the artist and Chapter NY, New York and Bel Ami, Los Angeles.