Blog: MCA DNA

The Last Frame: Will Work for Beer

By Lauren Reese

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A person on hands and knees installs wooden parquet flooring.
FRAME 19: On roll documenting ongoing building construction at 220 E Chicago Ave, Jan 9, 1996 Photo: Joe Ziolkowski, © MCA Chicago

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A black-and-white film frame shows a woman carrying an open cube sculpture while crossing the street, heading North on Michigan Avenue, Chicago, with the Allerton and John Hancock buildings in the background.
FRAME 21: On roll documenting Taller de Montevideo’s “street experience,“ Aug 27, 1970 Photo © MCA Chicago

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This year's inaugural Last Frame post is apropos of the museum’s 50th year, with each frame a nod to what 2017 will look like at the MCA: full of construction workers, parties, and experimental performances. Below Lauren Reese, our former Rights and Images Assistant, gives a little background on Frame 21.

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The last frame of this month's post features the artist group Taller de Montevideo (1963–1977). Taller de Montevideo was cofounded by artists Armando Bergallo, Gorki Bollar, Clara Scremini, Héctor Vilche, and Ernesto Vila. The street experience captured in the photo above was only their second performance in Chicago, having just completed a summer residency at Ravinia where they performed Cronos VII. For Del Museo a la Calle (From the Museum to the Street), the group and members of the public constructed large cubes while walking from Ontario Street to Michigan Avenue (pictured above on Michigan Avenue). This performance was dubbed a “street experience” in the Chicago Tribune article, "A Farewell With Cubes". Soon after this performance, the group traveled to New York City to perform a similar performance 100 Cubos en Central Park (100 Cubes in Central Park) for the New York City Cultural Department.