Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

This Will Have Been: Art, Love & Politics in the 1980s

Feb 11–Jun 3, 2012

It’s hard to imagine the 1980s without a soundtrack, whether it’s the decade’s pop music, its classic hip-hop records, or the hardcore punk scene at clubs like New York’s CBGB. As a complement to This Will Have Been: Art, Love & Politics in the 1980s, five artists whose work appears in the exhibition have made “mix tapes,” or playlists, that you can enjoy on MCA iPods as you walk through the galleries. These artists all have deep—yet different—connections to the music of this time. By choosing songs that were meaningful to them then, the artists share their unique perspectives on the eighties. These may be the songs the artists played in the studio or danced to with their friends, but they’re also testaments to the larger cultural climate of the decade.


Gregg Bordowitz’s Mixtape

1 Goo Goo Muck The Cramps
2 Making History Linton Kwesi Johnson
3 (We Don’t Need This) Fascist Groove Thang Heaven 17
4 Planet Rock Afrika Bambaataa and Soul Sonic Force
5 The Message Grand Master Flash
6 America is Waiting Brian Eno and David Byrne
7 Move Your Body Frankie Knuckles and Marshall Jefferson
8 Me, Myself & I De La Soul
9 People Have the Power Patti Smith
10 Im Abendrot Jessye Norman


Mary Heilmann’s Mixtape

1 Straight Outta Compton NWA
2 Pacific 202 808 State
3 Age of Consent New Order
4 Pass the Dutchie Musical Youth
5 Do You Really Want To Hurt Me? Culture Club
6 Banned in DC Bad Brains
7 Ballad of Lucy Jordan Marianne Faithfull
8 Alison Elvis Costello
9 My hometown Bruce Springsteen
10 Highway Patrolman Bruce Springsteen
11 Sweet Dreams are Made of This The Eurythmics
12 Oh superman Laurie Anderson
13 White Lines (Don’t Do It) Grandmaster Melle Mel


Raymond Pettibon’s Mixtape

1 Forming The Germs
2 For Those About To Rock We Salute You AC/DC
3 Boyz-n-the-Hood NWA
4 Love’s Gonna Get’cha Boogie Down Productions
5 Teenage Riot Sonic Youth
6 Back in the Day Ahmad
7 Vapors Biz Markie
8 The Highwayman The Highwaymen
9 It’s Like That Run DMC
10 The Message Grandmaster Flash
11 Cars with the Boom L’Trimm
12 Supersonic JJ Fad
13 Sukiyaki A Taste of Honey


Juan Sanchez’s Mixtape

1 Muevete (Move On) Ruben blades y Seis
2 Pablo Pueblo Ruben Blades and Willie Colon
3 Azucar Eddie Palmieri


James Welling’s Mixtape

1 Corpus Christi The Avengers
2 Ghost Rider Suicide
3 Untitled Glenn Branca
4 I Dreamed a Dream Sonic Youth
5 I Am Not Seeing That you Are Here Jill Kroesen
6 Sham Shack ut
7 Guitar Trio Rhys Catham
8 Don’t Let Me Stop You Glenn Branca
9 My Relationship Glenn Branca
10 Moody ESG
11 Theoretical Girls (Live) Theoretical Girls
12 Shadowplay Joy Division