Talk: Artists and Economies

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$15 Full / $10 Member / $8 Student

  • Edlis Neeson Theater
    First Floor, Accessible via the Griffin Entrance on Pearson Street
    220 E Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60611


Tickets on sale to MCA Members on October 2 at noon.

Tickets on sale to the general public on October 3 at noon.

Featured image

Jenny Holzer, American, b. 1950
For Chicago, 2007
LED installation with amber diodes
Dimensions variable
Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Commissioned through the generosity of the Edlis/Neeson Art Acquisition Fund, 2007.35
. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.


In conjunction with the exhibition Direct Message: Art, Language, and Power, a panel of well-known artists, gallerists, and scholars consider the economies that support artistic practice from alternative social networks to fiscal sponsorship. Both the philanthropic and commercial sides of the art world operate in ways both visible and invisible, constantly causing the modalities of artists’ practices to shift and restructure.

MCA Talks highlight cutting-edge thinking and contemporary art practices across disciplines and are organized by Curator January Parkos Arnall and Assistant Curator Christy LeMaster, with the Performance and Public Practice team


The Richard and Mary L. Gray Lectures are made possible through a generous gift to the Chicago Contemporary Campaign.