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


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 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