Groundings

  • A nude adult with masculine shoulders wears cowboy boots on their hands and feet. They stand on one of their hands with their feet splayed across the corner of a room lit in red.
A nude adult with masculine shoulders wears cowboy boots on their hands and feet. They stand on one of their hands with their feet splayed across the corner of a room lit in red.
  1. Long A person poses dramatically balanced on one arm, limbs spread in various directions–each adorned with a cowboy boot. One booted arm points towards us and both legs splay out to touch the walls of the nearby corner. The person faces away from you, back flexing from the contortion of their pose. The lighting of the photograph is dramatic and dream-like, with one light source casting red shadows and an orange glow, while another light casts green shadows. The figure's shadow spreads across the wall revealing the outline of male genitals.
Jimmy DeSana, Cowboy Boots, 1984. Vintage cibachrome; framed: 26 1/8 × 19 11/16 in. (66.4 × 50 cm). Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of Marshall Field’s by exchange, 2017.25. Courtesy of the Jimmy DeSana Trust and Salon 94, New York.
Annette Kelm, Untitled, 2012. Chromogenic development print; framed: 22 ¾ × 19 11/16 in. (57.8 × 50 cm). Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of Jennifer Aubrey, 2015.15.
Rashid Johnson, Multiple Consciousness, 2010. Gelatin silver print; sight: 39 ¼ × 31 ¼ in. (99.7 × 79.4 cm); framed: 43 3/8 × 35 3/8 in. (110.2 × 89.9 cm). Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of Carlo Bronzini Vender, 2014.41. © 2010 Rashid Johnson. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.
John Cage, A Dip in the Lake: Ten Quicksteps, Sixty-two Waltzes, and Fifty-six Marches for Chicago and Vicinity, 1978. Felt-tip pen on map; 53 ½ x 41 ½ in. (135.9 × 105.4 cm). Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, restricted gift of the MCA Collectors Group, Men’s Council, and Women’s Board, and National Endowment for the Arts Purchase Grant, 1982.19. © 1993 John Cage Trust. Photo © MCA Chicago.

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Groundings explores movement—both seen and unseen—through a series of residencies with artists who work in dance, music, and performance art. Using durational processes, the artists inhabit and shape the gallery space alongside works from the MCA's collection. The exhibition considers the reciprocal influence between bodies in motion and the invisible forces that govern movement, such as gravity, time, and electricity. Featured collection works consider movement and its relationship to identity, place, and action. Over the run of Groundings, the performers hold open rehearsals in which they create performances and physical objects that speak to the themes of the exhibition.

This exhibition is organized by Grace Deveney, Assistant Curator, and Tara Aisha Willis, Associate Curator of Performance. It is presented in the Turner Galleries on the museum's fourth floor.