West by Midwest tells a story about how contemporary art spreads and develops through the collaboration, competition, and friendship among artists. Anchored by works in the MCA’s collection, the exhibition focuses on artists with ties to the American Midwest, many of whom moved to the West Coast to pursue their careers from the late 1940s to the 2000s. Artists who were able to migrate brought friends with them, attended art schools together, shared studio spaces, showed in the same galleries, collaborated on projects, and formed bonds with other artists who relocated from the Midwest. Out of these connections emerged important social networks, profoundly shaping contemporary artistic practices and art history.
West by Midwest is organized by Charlotte Ickes, Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellow. An extensive microsite accompanies the exhibition. It is presented in the Griffin Galleries of Contemporary Art.
Lead support for West by Midwest is provided by Karyn and Bill Silverstein.