Exhibitions

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The MCA’s exhibitions feature the art of our time in every possible media by artists of local and international renown. Explore the variety of MCA exhibitions on view now, coming up next, or from our rich past.

Exhibitions

  • Thirteen colorless glass bottles and two green bottles, each a different shape and size and without a label, stand in a cluster in front of a white wall.
    The Commons Artist Project:
    Edra Soto: Open 24 Hours
  • 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
  • Three pairs of shoes sit below three raised black boxes that support six wooden heads. The closest head is hollowed out, others have light-skinned faces emerging from the wood, but the third has a long pointed beak-like form.
    We Are Here
  • A gigantic cat skeleton stands in the center of a large atrium with its back arched and its tail pointed straight up in the air.
    Felix
    1. Long A cat skeleton stands two-stories-tall and ready to pounce, with its spine arched, tailbone on end, and fanged mouth hanging open. It is poised on all fours in the middle of a dimly lit, blue-tinged large gallery space and its white form is dramatically illuminated as if caught in the night.
  • A beige, textured surface covered in small circles is accented with hints of blue, orange, and red paint.
    Howardena Pindell: What Remains To Be Seen
    1. Long The frame is filled with dozens of small, circular cutouts that create a textured landscape. The cutouts, which resemble hole punches, are layered on the surface in seeming chaos and affixed by thick layers of paint, though some seem to float above the surface to create slight shadows. The paint is the color of a pale beige skin tone but streaks of sky blue and orange and even specks of near-black appear lightly scattered across the surface.
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Projected on the wall of a dark room is the image of two monitors, one playing a boxing match, the other showing multiple bars of sound waves.
    MCA Screen:
    Paul Pfeiffer
  • A glowing white sphere casts shadows on a white wall.
    Endless Summer
  • Small white circles connected by thin wire balance opposite a thicker orange wire weighted by an orange rudder-like shape hanging from the edge of a white table.
    Heaven and Earth: Alexander Calder and Jeff Koons

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Past exhibitions

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2016

  • Two sets of black-and-white cartoon eyes and mouths are partially covered by two photographs of a young, clean-shaven Abraham Lincoln and splattered with drips and slashes of black and white paint.
    Joyce Pensato: Felix and Lincoln
  • Bright yellow organic shapes with black triangles of varying sizes appear in the foreground of this painting, while red streaks and smeared handprints appear in the background.
    Riot Grrrls
  • A black box containing an image of white box is mounted on the side of a thick black frame. The entire piece is intersected by a horizontal blue line, which appears to be painter's tape.
    Above, Before & After
  • 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
  • A person stands silhouetted in front of a square wall of fluorescent light in a dark space.
    Witness
  • A gallery installation featuring three videos of dolphins underwater projected on the walls and floor. The projectors are visibly suspended at varied heights in the magenta-colored room.
    Diana Thater: The Sympathetic Imagination
    1. Long A view of a spacious gallery that is dark magenta and lit by blue video projections. Three videos of dolphins swimming in the water are projected on the walls and floor from suspended projectors, creating the impression that the viewer is swimming below and looking up at the dolphins. A fourth projection on the floor shows the silhouette of an ambiguous person swimming in scuba gear.
  • 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
  • A frog sits on a cellphone, partially obscuring its lit screen; the cellphone rests on a person's outstretched palm.
    MCA Screen:
    Camille Henrot
  • Twenty six black-and-white photographs of Patricia Hearst in four rows, with a letter of the alphabet—from A to Z—in white superimposed over each one.
    The Making of a Fugitive
  • 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
  • In this painting, a woman painter holds a paint palette in front of a paint-by-numbers portrait. Her skin is as black as the as the solid black background; she stares confidently into our eyes.
    Kerry James Marshall: Mastry
    1. Long This painted portrait depicts a young woman with jet-black skin holding a long, thin paintbrush up to a colorful, messy painter’s palette. She is shown in a three-quarter pose, gazing directly at the viewer. Her face, which is central to the square composition, stands out against a large, white, canvas, almost blending into the pitch-black background to her right. Closer inspection reveals, however, that her skin is subtly rendered, with various shades of contours and highlights. She wears two large hoop earrings, three small hoop earrings, and an oversized, boxy, high-collared jacket made of stiff fabric. Her voluminous hair—black with an ochre sheen—rises in thick coils on top of her head. The canvas to her left shows a partly finished paint-by-number self-portrait; in it, her likeness is broken up into smaller segments with pale-blue outlines and numbers. She has outlined many of the segments and filled them in with colors from her palette: orange, blue, yellow, pink, brown, and a few shades of green. The paint-by-number canvas does not accurately represent the color and pattern of the jacket she wears, which features mustard yellow sleeves and collar and deep blue and maroon and light yellow stripes.
  • Against a tropical backdrop, a person in a blue-and-white wrestling mask holds a microphone up to their mouth.
    MCA Screen:
    Phil Collins

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