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

Kerry James Marshall Souvenir I, 1997
Acrylic, and collage and glitter on canvas 108 × 157 in. (274.3 × 398.8 cm) Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Bernice and Kenneth Newberger Fund, 1997.73 © 1997 Kerry James Marshall, Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago
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
Ramiro Gomez Paul Smith Store, Los Angeles, 2015
Acrylic on canvas 72 × 72 inches Courtesy of the artist and Charlie James Gallery, Los Angeles, Photo: Michael Underwood
Doug Hall The United States Crumpled, 1982
Tempera on paper and oil stick on Bristol board Comp: 20 × 26 in. (50.8 × 66 cm.) Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Awards in the Visual Arts Purchase Grant, 1983.53 Courtesy of the artist and Benrubi Gallery, NYC, Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago
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, 2002.16.12 © Larry Clark; courtesy of the artist and Luhring Augustine, New York, Photo: Michal Raz-Russo, © MCA Chicago

Video

Nedko Solakov (Bulgarian, b. 1957), A Life (Black & White), 1998–ongoing.
Black and white paint; two workers/painters constantly repainting the walls of the exhibition space in black and white for the entire duration of the exhibition (or only at its beginning and at the end), day after day (following each other); dimensions variable.

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.

ARTISTS IN THIS EXHIBITION

ARTISTS IN THIS EXHIBITION INCLUDE:

Monica Bock (American, b. 1960)
Jennifer Bornstein (American, b. 1970)
Stephanie Brooks (American, b. 1970)
Mary E. Carlisle (American)
Enrique Chagoya (Mexican, b. 1953)
Larry Clark (American, b. 1943)
Dora García (Spanish, 1965)
Cathy Lynn Gasser (American)
Melissa Goldstein (American, b. 1961)
Ramiro Gomez (Mexican-American, b. 1986)
Doug Hall (American, b. 1944)
Gabriel Kuri (Mexican, b. 1970)
Claire Fontaine (French Collective)
Glenn Ligon (American, 1960)
Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle (American, b. Spain, 1961)
Kerry James Marshall (American, b. 1955)
Hương Ngô (American, b. Hong Kong, 1979)
Christina Quarles (American, b. 1985)
Robert Rauschenberg (American, 1925–2008)
Andres Serrano (American, b. 1950)
Sandrine Sheon (French, b. 1964)
Yinka Shonibare CBE (British, b. 1962)
Catherine Smith (American, b. 1950)
Nedko Solakov (Bulgarian, b. 1957)
Thomas Struth (German, b. 1954)
Hng-Ân Trương (American, b. 1976)
Gillian Wearing (British, b. 1963)
Carrie Mae Weems (American, b. 1953)
Eric Wesley (American, b. 1973)

Featured images

Installation view, Alien vs. Citizen, MCA Chicago July 17, 2020 - February 21, 2021
Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago
Installation view, Alien vs. Citizen, MCA Chicago July 17, 2020 - February 21, 2021
Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago
Installation view, Alien vs. Citizen, MCA Chicago July 17, 2020 - February 21, 2021
Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago
Installation view, Alien vs. Citizen, MCA Chicago July 17, 2020 - February 21, 2021
Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago
Installation view, Alien vs. Citizen, MCA Chicago July 17, 2020 - February 21, 2021
Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago
Installation view, Alien vs. Citizen, MCA Chicago July 17, 2020 - February 21, 2021
Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago
Installation view, Alien vs. Citizen, MCA Chicago July 17, 2020 - February 21, 2021
Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago