Exhibitions

Alien vs. Citizen

  • Sylvia Neil and Daniel Fischel Galleries
    Second Floor, North Side
    220 E Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60611
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Featured images

Andres Serrano, Nomads (Payne), 1990. Silver dye-bleach print. Sheet: 40 × 32 ½ in. (101.6 × 82.6 cm). Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift from The Howard and Donna Stone Collection, 2002.60 © 1990 Andres Serrano
Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago
Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle, Le Baiser/The Kiss, 1999. Color video installation. Dimensions variable. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, restricted gift of the Sara Lee Corporation, 1999.56 © 1999 Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle
Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago
Marlene Dumas, Man Watching, 2009. Oil on canvas; 78 ¾ × 39 3/8 in. (200 × 100 cm). Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, promised gift of Penny Pritzker and Dr. Bryan Traubert, PG2010.3
Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago

How do you know what you are worth?

Inspired by conversations about the visas awarded to "aliens of extraordinary ability" and other merit-based immigration policies, Alien vs. Citizen considers how an individual’s value is understood in relationship to community. The exhibition asks us to think about the way a person’s value is determined in the United States, through mechanisms including citizenship, work, and personal relationships. The artworks are organized around these three ways of estimating worth, inviting us to consider the cultural biases embedded in each.

The exhibition is organized by Interim Senior Curator January Parkos Arnall with Line Ajan, Barjeel Global Fellow. It is presented in the Sylvia Neil and Daniel Fischel Galleries on the museum's second floor.