Talk: MCA ’68—Art & Violence, Then & Now

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$15 Full / $10 Members / $8 Students

  • Edlis Neeson Theater
    First Floor, Accesible via the Griffin Entrance on Pearson Street
    220 E Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60611
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Cover of exhibition catalogue, Violence! In Recent American Art, MCA Chicago, Nov 8, 1968–Jan 12, 1969, © MCA Chicago.

About

On the 50th anniversary of the opening of Violence! In Recent American Art (1968), a landmark exhibition at the MCA, Associate Professor of the History of Photography at Columbia College Chicago Greg Foster-Rice, multidisciplinary artist Danny Giles, Director of the DePaul Art Museum Julie Rodrigues Widholm, and moderator Alison Cuddy reflect on violence and art. Representing one of the museum’s first topical exhibitions, the show serves as a useful historical marker in how audiences and artists process violence. Giles, whose practice focuses on oppressive systems, also performs a recent work as part of the event. There is an open call for performers to participate in this performance.

This program is presented in partnership with the Chicago Humanities Festival and is part of Art Design Chicago, a year-long celebration of Chicago’s art and design history spearheaded and funded by the Terra Foundation for American Art with support from the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation.

Please be advised: this program contains some graphic imagery and a performance depicting resistance to police violence.

Installation view, Violence! In Recent American Art, MCA Chicago. Photo © MCA Chicago.

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About the Speakers

Alison Cuddy is Marilyn Thoma Artistic Director at Chicago Humanities Festival. Prior to the festival, she spent more than 10 years at WBEZ, the NPR affiliate in Chicago.

Greg Foster-Rice is associate professor of the History of Photography at Columbia College Chicago. He is the curator of The Many Hats of Ralph Arnold: Art, Identity & Politics at the Museum of Contemporary Photography (October 11–December 21, 2018) and editor of the accompanying book, both of which feature artworks that were in Violence! in Recent American Art (1968). Other recent projects include the 2014 exhibition The City Lost and Found: Capturing New York, Chicago and Los Angeles, 1960–1980, which he cocurated at the Art Institute of Chicago.

Danny Giles is an artist based in Chicago. He is a lecturer at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the academic director at the Ox-Bow School of Art. Recent exhibitions include Walls Turned Sideways, a group exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston curated by Risa Puleo.

As director and chief curator of DePaul Art Museum Julie Rodrigues Widholm leads the museum's strategic and artistic vision to promote equity and interdisciplinary education in the arts, while positioning Chicago as a global art city.

Funding

This program is made possible by the Kristina Barr Lectures, which were established through a generous gift by The Barr Fund to the Chicago Contemporary Campaign.