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A metal grocery cart without wheels has been modified for use as an arm chair.

Peterman, Dan, Thank You for Your Patronage: Chairs from Street Carts, 1989. Altered shopping cart; 28 1/2 x 37 1/2 x 29 1/2 in. (72.4 x 95.3 x 74.9 cm). Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of Stenn Family in memory of David C. Ruttenberg, 2004.3. © 1989 Dan Peterman

Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago

Robert Heinecken, V.N. Pin Up (#1 of 2), 1968. Black-and-white film transparency on magazine page; sheet: 12 1/2 x 10 in. (31.8 x 25.4 cm), sight: 9 x 7 in. (22.9 x 17.8 cm), framed: 17 1/4 x 14 1/4 in. (43.8 x 36.2 cm). Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of Daryl Gerber Stokols, 1998.43. © 1968 Robert Heinecken

Photo © MCA Chicago

Louise Lawler, Between Reagan and Bush, 1989. Silver dye-bleach print and transfer letters on painted wall; 24 x 42 in. (60.7 x 106.7 cm). Collection of Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Gerald S. Elliott Collection, 1995.58.a–b. © 1989 Louise Lawler

Photo: © MCA Chicago

Adrian Piper, Cornered, 1988. Video installation with birth certificates, color video, monitor, table, and chairs; overall dimensions variable. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Bernice and Kenneth Newberger Fund, 1990.4.a–p. © 1988 Adrian Piper

Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago


Featuring works from the MCA Collection created mostly in the 1980s and 1990s by artists including Chris Burden, Alfredo Jaar, Louise Lawler, Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle, and Adrian Piper, this exhibition reveals the continuing resonance and complexity of topics such as freedom of expression, militarism, the dynamics of race, human and economic consequences of globalization, and other defining elements of society today. The exhibition includes works in a variety of media, from painting, sculpture, and photography to installation, video, and artists’ books.

This exhibition is cocurated by Elizabeth Smith, James W. Alsdorf Chief Curator and Deputy Director for Programs at MCA, and Tricia Van Eck, Curatorial Coordinator and Curator of Artists’ Books.