Performance Anxiety

Images

  • A cluster of pastel-colored doors with peeling paint. Each is labeled with a one-word term, including, "MASTURBATION," "AMPHETAMINES," "CAPITALISM," "BEEF," and "A New Pet."
Installation view, Performance Anxiety, MCA Chicago, with work by Cai Guo Qiang. Photo: Joe Ziolkowski, © MCA Chicago.
Installation view, Performance Anxiety, MCA Chicago. Photo: Joe Ziolkowski, © MCA Chicago.
Installation view, Performance Anxiety, MCA Chicago. Photo: Joe Ziolkowski, © MCA Chicago.
Installation view, Performance Anxiety, MCA Chicago, with Paul McCarthy’s Santa’s Theater. Photo: Joe Ziolkowski, © MCA Chicago.
Installation view, Performance Anxiety, MCA Chicago, with work by Rirkrit Tiravanija. Photo: Joe Ziolkowski, © MCA Chicago.
Installation view, Performance Anxiety, MCA Chicago. Photo: Joe Ziolkowski, © MCA Chicago.
A cluster of pastel-colored doors with peeling paint. Each is labeled with a one-word term, including, "MASTURBATION," "AMPHETAMINES," "CAPITALISM," "BEEF," and "A New Pet."
Installation view, Performance Anxiety, MCA Chicago, with Willie Cole’s Elegba. Photo: Joe Ziolkowski, © MCA Chicago.
Installation view, Performance Anxiety, MCA Chicago, with work by Angela Bulloch. Photo: Joe Ziolkowski, © MCA Chicago.
Installation view, Performance Anxiety, MCA Chicago, with Renee Green’s Partially Buried. Photo: Joe Ziolkowski, © MCA Chicago.

About

This exhibition is curated by Amada Cruz, Acting Chief Curator and Manilow Curator of Exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.

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