Eternal Youth

Images

Larry Clark, Untitled (KIDS), 1995. Chromogenic development print; 16 × 20 in. (40.6 × 50.8 cm). Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift from The Howard and Donna Stone Collection, 2002.16.1. Photo: Michal Raz-Russo, © MCA Chicago.
Wolfgang Tillmans, The Cock (Kiss), 2002. Chromogenic development print; 24 × 20 1/8 in. (61 × 51.1 cm). Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Joseph and Jory Shapiro Fund by exchange, 2006.15. © Wolfgang Tillmans. Courtesy of David Zwirner, New York, Galerie Buchholz, Cologne/Berlin, and Maureen Paley, London. Photo: Michael David Rose, © MCA Chicago.
Dawoud Bey, Carrie I, 1997. Internal dye diffusion transfer print; six parts, each: 30 ¾ × 23 3/8 in. (78.1 × 59.4 cm); installed: 61 ½ × 70 1/8 in. (156.2 × 178.1 cm). Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, restricted gift of Jane and Gary Wilner, Anita Blanchard and Martin Nesbitt, Lynn and Allen Turner, James Reynolds, Sandra P. and Jack Guthman, and members of the New Group, 2002.80.a–f. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.
Francesca Woodman, On Being An Angel, Providence, Rhode Island, Spring 1977, 1977. Gelatin silver print; sheet: 8 × 10 in. (20.3 × 25.4 cm). Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift from The Howard and Donna Stone Collection, 2002.73. © 1977 Francesca Woodman. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.
Melanie Schiff, Spit Rainbow, 2006. Chromogenic development print; 29 × 39 ½ in. (73.7 × 100.3 cm). Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, restricted gift of Kay and Malcolm Kamin and Kay Torshen in honor of the MCA’s 40th anniversary, 2007.34. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.
Jack Pierson, Ocean Drive, 1985. Edition 2 of 25; chromogenic development print; 30 × 20 in. (76.2 × 50.1 cm). Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, restricted gift of The Dave Hokin Foundation, 1995.119.6. © 1985 Jack Pierson. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.
Tim Gardner, Untitled (Bhoadie with St. Alphonsus statue), 1999. Watercolor on paper; framed: 16 13/16 × 18 5/16 in. (42.6 × 46.7 cm). Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of Carla Emil and Rich Silverstein, 2014.43. © Tim Gardner, courtesy of 303 Gallery, New York. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.

About

Eternal Youth explores the concept of coming-of-age as a crossroads in art history: how have artists represented youth since the twentieth century? In particular, since the 1990s, images of youth in the western world have elicited both desire and fear, responding to social, cultural, and political shifts such as HIV awareness and gender bending transition. This exhibition examines the different ways youth is portrayed—as simultaneously innocent and desirous—revealing the treatment of young bodies as sexualized, radical, and medicated objects.

This survey of works, comprised mostly of the MCA’s collection, starts with photographs by Larry Clark from his now infamous Kids series (from a major gift by the Howard and Donna Stone Collection), and the movie of the same name, which was released in 1995. Written by Harmony Korine and coproduced by Gus Van Sant, the film tells the story of a single day in the life of a group of sexually active teenagers in New York City and offered breakout roles for actors Chloë Sevigny and Rosario Dawson.

The works gathered together for this exhibition—by Dawoud Bey, Mona Hatoum, Thomas Hirschhorn, Jack Pierson, Wolfgang Tillmans, and Francesca Woodman—stretch from analog culture into the utopic digital age. Accompanying programming includes talks and an online debate about art, youth, and society at large.

This exhibition is curated by Omar Kholeif, Manilow Senior Curator and Director of Global Initiatives, with Grace Deveney, Curatorial Assistant.

It is presented in the Sylvia Neil and Daniel Fischel Galleries on the museum's second floor.

Installation Images

Installation view, Eternal Youth, MCA Chicago, Mar 11–Jul 23, 2017. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.
Installation view, Eternal Youth, MCA Chicago, Mar 11–Jul 23, 2017. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.
Installation view, Eternal Youth, MCA Chicago, Mar 11–Jul 23, 2017. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.
Installation view, Eternal Youth, MCA Chicago, Mar 11–Jul 23, 2017. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.
Installation view, Eternal Youth, MCA Chicago, Mar 11–Jul 23, 2017. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.
Installation view, Eternal Youth, MCA Chicago, Mar 11–Jul 23, 2017. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.
Installation view, Eternal Youth, MCA Chicago, Mar 11–Jul 23, 2017. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.
Installation view, Eternal Youth, MCA Chicago, Mar 11–Jul 23, 2017. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.
Installation view, Eternal Youth, MCA Chicago, Mar 11–Jul 23, 2017. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.

Artist listing

The artists featured in Eternal Youth include:

Sophia Al-Maria (American, b. 1983)
Kai Althoff (German, b. 1966)
Dawoud Bey (American, b. 1953)
Jennifer Bornstein (American, b. 1970)
Larry Clark (American, b. 1943)
Chuck Close (American, b. 1940)
Eric Fischl (American, b. 1948)
Tim Gardner (American, b. 1973)
Nan Goldin (American, b. 1953)
Felix Gonzalez-Torres (American, 1957–1996)
Group Material
Ann Hamilton (American, b. 1956)
Mona Hatoum (British, b. Lebanon, 1952)
Paul Heyer (American, b. 1982)
Thomas Hirschhorn (Swiss, b. 1957)
Andrew Holmquist (American, b. 1986)
Judith Hopf (German, b. 1969)
Rashid Johnson (American, b. 1977)
Allen Jones (British, b. 1937)
Algimantas Kezys (American, b. Lithuania, 1928–2015)
Jeff Koons (American, b. 1955)
Elad Lassry (Israeli, b. 1977)
Jumana Manna (American, b. 1987)
Robert Mapplethorpe (American, 1946–1989)
Mariko Mori (Japanese, b. 1967)
Joshua Nathanson (American, b. 1976)
Bruce Nauman (American, b. 1941)
John Neff (American, b. 1974)
Eddie Peake (British, b. 1981)
Jack Pierson (American, b. 1960)
Rob Pruitt and Jack Early (American, b. 1964; American, b. 1962)
Herb Ritts (American, 1952–1992)
Torbjorn Rodland (Norwegian, b. 1970)
Daniela Rossell (Mexican, b. 1972)
Erika Rothenberg (American, b. 1950)
Thomas Ruff (German, b. 1958)
Melanie Schiff (American, b. 1977)
Xaviera Simmons (American, b. 1974)
Alec Soth (American, b. 1969)
Sam Taylor-Wood (British, b. 1967)
Wolfgang Tillmans (German, b. 1968)
Ryan Trecartin and Lizzie Fitch (American, b. 1981; American, b. 1981)
Amalia Ulman (Argentinian, b. 1989)
Francesca Woodman (American, 1958–1981)
Joe Ziolkowski (American, b. 1960)

Funding

Generous support of Eternal Youth is provided by The Pritzker Traubert Collection Exhibition Fund, Martin Fluhrer and John Williams, and Dr. Daniel S. Berger and Mr. Scott Wenthe.