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

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


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.

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



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

The Museum of Contemporary 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