Mar 24, 2022 - 6:30
Mar 26, 2022 - 2
Mar 31, 2022 - 6:30
Apr 02, 2022 - 2
Main Level, Kinkead Gallery and Contemporary Gallery

hog ranch, hogwash, or putting lipstick on a pig, is an immersive dance experience devised and performed by Kayt MacMaster at Krannert Art Museum.

Co-sponsored by the College of Fine and Applied Arts, Dance at Illinois and Krannert Art Museum

Inspired by the lives and legends of cowgirls and showgirls on the American frontier, this work explores unbelievable exaggeration, solo travel, and self-legendizing as feminist acts of resistance.

MacMaster blends structures of scavenger hunts, museum audio tours, and burlesque historical reenactments in order to transform a maze of galleries into a trail that follows the ever-sprawling mythological and geographic borderline of the American west.

Artworks in the museum’s collection serve as landmarks on a journey that slips between fact and fiction, real and surreal.

With her collaborative team — including dramaturg Sarah Marks Mininsohn, composer Ken Beck, and director Rachel Rizzuto — MacMaster’s performance unearths and exalts the feminine and the unruly, the combination of which will be situated bawdily inside the museum space.


Tickets are required and limited to 25 per performance. Admission is free. | Order Tickets Online

Attendees should plan to arrive at least 10 minutes prior to the start of the performance. Performances are approximately 60 minutes long.

Audience members will need a smartphone/tablet/laptop and headphones to fully participate in the performance. A limited number of iPads and headphones will be available to audience members who require them. If you need to reserve loanable technology ahead of time, please email


Krannert Art Museum endeavors to be accessible to all. This event will be in English, and audience members will be requested to sit or stand in and travel across three galleries in the museum before sitting for a thirty-minute live performance. If you have questions or would like to request an accessibility accommodation, please email