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The Best of the MCA in 2014: Critic’s Edition

James W. Alsdorf Chief Curator Michael Darling. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.

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2014 has come to close and it’s time for some reflection on the past year, and of course, end-of-year lists. The critics and writers from Chicago and beyond have weighed in and we’re sharing their selections here, but we will also share our audience’s picks in a later post.

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MICHAEL DARLING
—Chicagoan of the Year, Chicago Tribune

UNBOUND: CONTEMPORARY ART AFTER FRIDA KAHLO
—Exceptional Art Exhibitions of 2014, Chicagoist

ELEVATOR REPAIR SERVICE, ARGUENDO
—Christopher Borelli’s “Favorite Things of 2014,” Chicago Tribune

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Elevator Repair Service, Arguendo. Photo: Joan Marcus.
Participants at Family Day, Apr 12, 2014. Photo: Joshua Longbrake, © MCA Chicago.
Installation view, Isa Genzken: Retrospective, MCA Chicago, Apr 12–Aug 3, 2014. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.
Shirin Neshat, Turbulent, 1998. Black-and-white video installation. Dimensions variable. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of Susan and Lewis Manilow, 2000.22 © 1998 Shirin Neshat, © MCA Chicago.
MCA Talk: William Pope.L, Apr 17, 2014. Photo: Meghan Wingert, © MCA Chicago.
Installation view, William J. O’Brien, MCA Chicago, Jan 25–May 18, 2014. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.
Stan Shellabarger & Dutes Miller, Untitled (Crochet, Basel, Switzerland), 2008. Archival ink-jet print. Edition of 5, aside from 1 artist’s proof. 50 × 30 in. (127 × 76.2 cm) Courtesy of the artists and Western Exhibitions, Chicago.
Rosas danst Rosas. Photo: Herman Sorgeloos.

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MCA-featured artists, exhibitions, performances, and programs all garnered notable mentions in Newcity‘s “Top 5 of Everything 2014”:

THE MUSEUM OF CONTEMORARY ART, ESPECIALLY DURING FAMILY DAY
—Top 5 Places that Aren’t Explicitly Tot-Oriented but Will in Fact Make Your Half-Pint Feel Right at Home

ISA GENZKEN: RETROSPECTIVE
—Top 5 Bricolage Exhibitions

ANNE COLLIER
—Top 5 Confrontations of the Male Gaze and Ugly Patriarchy

WU TSANG, MISHIMA IN MEXICO & SHIRIN NESHAT, TURBULENT
—Top 5 Video Artworks Shown in Major Museums

WILLIAM POPE.L
—Top 5 Gratifying Talks and Performances I Made It To

MARIA GASPAR
—Top 5 Artworks as Activism

LILLI CARRÉ, THE NEGOTIATION
—Top 5 Drawing Shows

WILLIAM J. O'BRIEN
—Top 5 Subversively Conceptual Crafters

MILLER & SHELLABARGER
—Top 5 Sweater Weather Artists

MCA STAGE
—Top 5 Dance Venues of 2014

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