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Goshka Macuga

Exhibit, A

MCA/Artbook | D.A.P.



The catalogue Goshka Macuga: Exhibit, A accompanied the first museum survey exhibition of the work of Polish-born, London-based artist Goshka Macuga (b. 1967). Macuga's practice is located at the intersection of two strands that have done much to define the landscape of contemporary art in the last decade: on the one hand, an increasing interest in research—specifically of the archival, historical kind—and on the other, a growing concern with strategies of display and the blurring of boundaries between art making and curating. Many of Macuga's large-scale, research-intensive projects have been collaborative in nature, and the resultant installations regularly incorporate the work of other artists, both living and dead. The exhibition at MCA Chicago is the first to map her trajectory since the early 2000s and presents a selection of works that emphasize collage as the central medium of her practice.

The third in the museum's MCA Monographs series, Goshka Macuga: Exhibit, A is the most comprehensive documentation of the artist's work to date and features newly commissioned essays by Dieter Roelstraete, MCA Manilow Senior Curator; Adam Szymczyk, Director of Kunsthalle Basel; and Grant Watson, Senior Curator and Research Associate at Iniva, London. Foreword by Madeleine Grynsztejn, Pritzker Director of the MCA. Published by the MCA with Artbook | D.A.P.

Table of Contents

6 Director’s Foreword
8 Acknowledgments
32 Untangling: Making Sense of Goshka Macuga by Dieter Roelstraete
60 The Wilderness of Macuga Curatrix by Adam Szymczyk
68 Tapestry: Pictures of the Modern World by Grant Watson
81 Half-truth by Goshka Macuga
102 Artist’s Biography and Exhibition History
104 Bibliography
107 Exhibition Checklist
108 Contributors
109 Lenders and Sponsors