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MCA Talk: Wolf Vostell’s Concrete Traffic

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Wolf Vostell, Concrete Traffic, 1970. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago Library and Archives Photo: David H. Katzive © MCA Chicago

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To celebrate the unveiling of Wolf Vostell’s colossal work, Concrete Traffic (1970), originally commissioned by the MCA in 1970 and subsequently donated to the University of Chicago, a backdrop of classic Cadillacs and cement trucks set the stage for a discussion on the MCA Plaza between Curator Lynne Warren and Department Chair and Professor of Art History at the University of Chicago Christine Mehring on Vostell's work. The conversation is followed by a procession, which traces the work's history as a public work of art before arriving at its new location in the University of Chicago's Campus North Parking Garage.

This procession is the inaugural program for Concrete Happenings, a collaborative series of public exhibitions, screenings, symposia, and other programs that mark the return of Concrete Traffic to public view at the University of Chicago following a major conservation effort.

Presented by the Arts Club of Chicago, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Smart Museum of Art, and UChicago Arts