Current exhibitions

Ascendant Artist

  • A man stands amidst tall, wispy plant stalks about twice his height. He holds a machete and two bundles of dried up stalks in front of him to make an "X" shape.
    Jonathas de Andrade
    1. Long A brown-skinned field worker wearing a yellow baseball cap, royal blue shirt and pants, and protective legwear stands in the center of a small clearing and looks directly at you. He is holding a machete and two bundles of harvested sugarcane stalks. The stalks extend well beyond his head and are held at two angles to cross at his center forming an "X." A wall of tall green sugarcane foliage rises up directly behind him against a pale blue sky. His feet disappear into a blanket of brown sugarcane leaves.
  • A sculpture shaped like a crooked letter X stands on a short rectangular base. From the center many spokes jut out creating a starburst effect.
    Enrico David: Gradations of Slow Release
  • A black tapestry speckled with silver arrowheads depicts two pairs of orange legs, one wearing a skirt, with flat, geometric shapes in place of torsos and heads. The pair is connected at the hip and each stands on a crystalline mound.
    Otobong Nkanga: To Dig a Hole that Collapses Again
  • An architectural arched gateway is shown, installed within a modern gallery space. The arch is made from bricks in a range of different blues with golden yellow accents and decorated with stylized animals.
    Michael Rakowitz: Backstroke of the West
  • A sheet of hard glass is folded over and bent in two as if it were a plastic bag. A smoking stick rests between the green edges of the glass and a plume of smoke wafts upward.
    Tania Pérez Córdova: Smoke, nearby
    1. Long A sheet of hard glass is folded over and bent in two as if it were a plastic bag. A smoking stick rests between the green lips that comprise the edges of the glass. A dark circular shadow dominates the area to the right of the glass, a stark contrast to the white background.
  • A brightly colored geometric shape floats in a starry sky above a figure wearing an equally colorful head dress and jumpsuit.
    Basim Magdy: The Stars Were Aligned for a Century of New Beginnings
    1. Long A three-dimensional geometric shape floats in a starry night sky, taking up most of the upper two-thirds of the painting. The shape is multi-faceted, with 7 faces showing. Each face has has a gradient of vibrant colors ranging from yellow to green, blue to pink, and red to black. The faces are flat and matte, stark against the spray-painted starry night sky. Behind the shape, we see black and grey stripes creating a shadow of the shape. The ground is white, as if it is covered by snow. There are four round-edged rectangles along the ground, in pastel colors. A small lone figure stands in the bottom center of the painting, wearing an orange jumpsuit with green side stripes, red gloves, dark blue boots, and a striped, semi-circular hat. The figure stands directly under the geometric shape, looking at us, and is dwarfed by the size of the geometric shape.
  • A person with a cow skull for a head stands in a forest, wearing a white shirt streaked with red and with arms outstretched.
    The Propeller Group
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Chicago Works

  • A photograph of a light-colored rock formation shows a cross-section of sediment lines.
    Chicago Works:
    Assaf Evron
    1. Long A photographic print of a desert scene features a rock formation against a blue sky on a sun-filled day. The formation is made up of layers of sediment colored in a range of cream, sand, tan, and umber. The sun rakes across the surface to reveal the texture of the rock and creates long shadows. The central sediment lines are squiggly, winding horizontally across the surface of the rock. Dark crevices appear at the base of the formation and small, dried-up vegetation grows sporadically across the rocky ground. It appears as though it could dried-up riverbed.
  • A scene created out of pieces of carpet portrays a person taking a picture of a portrait in a gallery with a smartphone.
    Chicago Works:
    Jessica Campbell
    1. Long A person wearing what appears to be a Chicago Cubs jersey, khaki cargo shorts, and grey new balance tennis shoes with white ankle socks is taking a picture with a smartphone of an abstract portrait of President Lincoln with a yellow triangle nose against a salmon pink background flecked with blue triangles. This scene is entirely rendered in plush carpet that lacks detail creating a cartoon-like visual style. The person is standing facing to the right facing the portrait on a white wall. Part of another artwork appears at the left edge of the image in the background, giving the impression of a gallery space. He stands on floorboards of varying shades of brown that extend to the back wall of the space.
  • A vertical painting portrays a close-up view of a light blue, satiny fabric.
    Chicago Works:
    Mika Horibuchi
  • Five glowing white orbs seem to float above branches against a deep blue background.
    Chicago Works:
    Paul Heyer
    1. Long In this vertical painting, the background consists of a rich, saturated blue mottled with areas of both lighter and darker blue. Extending vertically across the background are three thin, dark brown branches. From these branches sprout small leaves of various reds, blues, pinks, and purples. The branches also bear three ghostly, translucent apples distinguished from the background only by white outlines. The most dominant element of the painting are five large white orbs, each with a faintly translucent white glow. Three of the orbs are aligned vertically on the left half of the painting, while the other two are arranged vertically starting at the upper-right hand corner. This leaves the background of the bottom right corner fully exposed.
  • A bright red-orange house is boarded up, standing next to an empty urban lot during sunset.
    Chicago Works:
    Amanda Williams
    1. Long A view of a house from the street at early sunset shows green grass, vacant lots, bushes, and tress. The house's windows are boarded up, and the house appears to be vacant. The entire house—except for the soffit, which is black, and parts of the upper facade, which are white—is painted a vibrant shade of red-orange.
  • A yellow banana rests on top of a column made up of three silver paint cans and two bags of ice. 
The bags of ice are sandwiched in between the paint cans.
    Chicago Works:
    Chris Bradley
  • Just right of center, an organic round shape in a hazy light gray seems to emerge from a jet black background. It hovers around or behind a bright white spot at its center.
    BMO Harris Bank Chicago Works:
    Andrew Yang
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The Commons Artist Project

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Atrium Project

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MCA Screen

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MCA DNA

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MCA Chicago Plaza Project

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Past Series

UBS 12 x 12: New Artists/New Work

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Wall Project

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