Just Connect

  • Bergman Family Gallery
    Second Floor, South Side
    220 E Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

Featured images

Sharon Lockhart Maja and Elodie, 2003 Chromogenic development prints Two parts, each: 49 × 65 in. (124.5 × 165.1 cm)
Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of Cari and Michael J. Sacks, 2005.27.a-b © 2003 Sharon Lockhart, Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago
Nicolas Africano I Get Hurt, 1980
Acrylic, magna, oil, and enamel on Masonite Framed, approximately: 36 × 71 1/8 × 4 in. (91.4 × 180.7 × 10.2 cm) Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, restricted gift of the MCA Permanent Collection Committee and Vaklova Purchase Award, 1980.42 Image courtesy of Nicolas Africano and Weinstein Hammons Gallery, Photo © MCA Chicago
Eric Fischl The New House, 1982
Oil on linen68 × 96 ¼ in. (172.7 × 244.5 cm) Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of Stefan T. Edlis and Gael Neeson in honor of the MCA’s 40th anniversary, 2007.14 © 1982 Eric Fischl, Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago
Hollis Sigler She Wants To Belong To The Sky, Again, 1981
Oil on canvas with artist’s frame 43 1/8 × 61 ¼ × 3 in. (109.5 × 155.6 × 7.6 cm) Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Illinois Arts Council Purchase Grant and Matching Funds, 1982.25, Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago
Akram Zaatari Tomorrow everything will be alright, 2010
Single-channel HD video (color and sound), 11 minutes, and 48 seconds Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of Mary and Earle Ludgin by exchange, 2011.46 © 2010 Akram Zaatari, courtesy Sfeir Semler Gallery, Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago


The global pandemic has forced us to put intense scrutiny on the things we touch, the spaces we inhabit, and the people we come into contact with. The connections that make up our daily lives have become less familiar. In response, our curators have selected artworks from the MCA Collection that explore how we connect. The resulting exhibition reflects on the connections we share with others and the world around us, as well as the bond we feel most acutely in solitude—with ourselves.

Just Connect brings together artworks from artists across generations, nationalities, and media that respond to the idea of connection. Just Connect reminds us of what we have in common now, all that we had in common when we were separated, and the humanity we will continue to share as we rebuild our lives after a global crisis.

This exhibition is organized by Michael Darling, James W. Alsdorf Chief Curator; Harry C. H. Choi, Marjorie Susman Curatorial Fellow; and Line Ajan, Barjeel Global Fellow and the Visual Arts department. It is presented in the Bergman Family Gallery on the second floor.



Vito Acconci, (American, 1940–2017)
Nicholas Africano, (American, b. 1948)
Kai Althoff, (German, b. 1966)
Margot Bergman, (American, b. 1934)
Ellen Berkenblit, (American, b. 1958)
Roger Brown, (American, 1941–1997)
Miriam Cahn, (Swiss, b. 1949)
William Copley, (American, 1919–1996)
Jonathas de Andrade, (Brazilian, b. 1982)
Jason Dodge, (American, b. 1969)
Rafael Ferrer, (American, b. Puerto Rico, 1933)
Eric Fischl, (American, b. 1948)
Julia Fish, (American, b. 1950)
General Idea, (Canadian conceptual artists, active 1968-1994)
Isa Genzken, (German, b. 1948)
Andreas Gursky, (German, b. 1955)
Philip Hanson, (American, b. 1943)
Paul Heyer, (American, b. 1982)
Jenny Holzer, (American, b. 1950)
Sanya Kantarovsky, (Russian, b. 1982)
Gabriel Kuri, (Mexican, b. 1970)
Glenn Ligon, (American, b. 1960)
Sharon Lockhart, (American, b. 1964)
Calvin Marcus, (American, b. 1988)
Kerry James Marshall, (American, b. 1955)
Malcolm Morley, (British, 1931–2018)
Ree Morton, (American, 1936-1977)
Emeka Ogboh, (Nigerian, b. 1977)
B. Ingrid Olson, (American, b. 1987)
Tony Oursler, (American, b. 1957)
Eddie Peake, (British, b. 1981)
Tania Pérez Córdova, (Mexican, b. 1979)
Hugh Scott-Douglas, (British, b. 1988)
George Segal, (American, 1924–2000)
Hollis Sigler, (American, 1948–2001)
Michael E. Smith, (American, b. 1977)
Wolfgang Tillmans, (German, b. 1968)
Wesley Willis, (American, 1963–2003)
Francesca Woodman, (American, 1958–1981)
Akram Zaatari, (Lebanese, b. 1966)