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Members’ Preview: Kerry James Marshall

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All MCA Members are invited to a special preview of Kerry James Marshall: Mastry. The MCA is honored to present the first major museum survey of Kerry James Marshall, one of America's greatest living painters. Opening to the public April 23, 2016, Kerry James Marshall: Mastry focuses primarily on the artist's paintings from the last 35 years, including his most recent explorations of African American history.

Best known for his large-scale paintings featuring black figures, defiant assertions of blackness in a medium in which African Americans have long been “invisible men,” Marshall’s interrogation of art history covers a broad temporal swath stretching from the Renaissance to 20th-century American abstraction. He critically examines the Western canon through its most canonical forms: the historical tableau, landscape, and portraiture.


Enjoy complimentary snacks and a cash bar while being among the first to view the MCA’s newest exhibition.

MCA Members, RSVP before April 18 for you and a guest by contacting 312-397-4040 or [email protected]. Additional guest tickets are available for $20 at the door.

As a member, you play an important role in supporting living artists, new art, and new ideas. Members’ Previews are one of the ways we can show how much we appreciate your support—offering you opportunities to experience the work of cutting-edge artists before our exhibitions open to the public. Members’ Previews also provide a more intimate setting for you to connect with other MCA Members who are just as passionate and curious about contemporary art as you are.

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Be the very first to view the exhibition while enjoying cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.

5:30–7 pm, Circle Preview

  • 5:45 pm, Welcome remarks

RSVP to this exclusive preview by calling 312-799-3504

or email [email protected].

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Image of a painting on stretched canvas hung by grommets that depicts a black family having a picnic in a park with others boat skiing and golfing in the background with the city seen in the distance.

Kerry James Marshall, Past Times, 1997. Acrylic and collage on canvas; 114 x 156 in. (289.6 x 396.2 cm). Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority, McCormick Place Art Collection

Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago


The Kerry James Marshall: Mastry Circle Preview is sponsored in part by Perrier.