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The Commons Online is a digital space where we can connect as a community. Discover new events, discussions, and learning resources weekly.


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Primer for an Impossible Conversation

David Neumann, Marcella Murray, and Tei Blow

Image composite: Tei Blow

Continuing to unpack their years-long conversation around race, theater artists Marcella Murray and David Neumann, along with collaborator Tei Blow, weave imagery, short bursts of dance, and the act of being in dialogue itself to reveal the effort needed for two people to actually be in the same place at the same time. The performance event includes an in-depth conversation with Chicago's own Mikki Kendall, author of Hood Feminism" and Amazons, Abolitionists, and Activists: A Graphic History of Women’s Fight for their Rights, to kick off the museum's annual Dialogue Series, this year exploring the power of dialogue and dissent to bring us together in a fractured world.

Talk: Carolina Caycedo

Documentation of Serpent River Book workshop with Carolina Caycedo, February 21, 2019. Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle.

Photo: Jonathan Vanderweit, courtesy of the Henry Art Gallery.

In celebration of the exhibition Carolina Caycedo: From the Bottom of the River, join a lively conversation between the artist, exhibition curator Carla Acevedo-Yates, and Wayuu filmmaker David Hernández Palmar. This discussion explores Caycedo's Geocoreographies, artistic process, and the exhibition's themes of environmental justice, feminine genealogies, and the shifting of perspectives in relation to the territory.


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Christina Quarles

A dynamic composition of many colors and patterns shows two humanoid figures that are complexly intertwined.

Christina Quarles, Can Yew Feel? Tha Days Are Gettin’ Shorter, 2018. Acrylic on canvas. 60 x 48 x 1 in. (152.4 x 121.9 x 2.5 cm).

© Christina Quarles, Courtesy of the artist, Hauser & Wirth, and Pilar Corrias Gallery, London

Los Angeles–based artist Christina Quarles (American, b. 1985) paints bodies that are subjected not only to the weight and gravity of the physical world but also to the pleasures and pressures of the social realm. Her ambiguous and evocative scenes feature figures whose limbs, torsos, and faces collide and merge with familiar domestic objects made strange through her color choices and experimental painterly gestures. Her work explores the universal experience of existing within a body, as well as the ways race, gender, and sexuality intersect to form complex identities.

Carolina Caycedo: From the Bottom of the River

Carolina Caycedo, Still from Apariciones / Apparitions, 2018. Single-channel HD video, color and sound. 9:11 min. With: Marina Magalhaes (Choreography), Isis Avalos, Samad Guerra, Celeste Tavares, Bianca Medina, Jose Aviles, and Natali Miciche. Commissioned by The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens, and the Vincent Price Art Museum

Courtesy of the artist

Por medio de su práctica de estudio y de su trabajo de campo con comunidades ribereñas afectadas por los proyectos de infraestructura a gran escala, Carolina Caycedo (colombiana, n. 1978; vive y trabaja en Los Ángeles) crea obras que abordan la relación del ser humano con la naturaleza. Trabajando en primera línea de la lucha por la justicia social y medioambiental, la artista recolecta materiales, experiencias, objetos y sentimientos para crear su obra multidisciplinaria.


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Visit the MCA from wherever you are in this Tour Video Series dedicated to discovering more about the world, our communities, and ourselves through contemporary art.


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Read about an interactive artwork from The Long Dream

Jeanette Andrews talks about her commissioned work, Invisible Museums of the Unseen, in this article about virtual reality and art.

Learn more about the MCA’s reopening plans

On March 2, the MCA reopens to the public. Learn more in the Tribune.


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The Commons

People gather under the ceiling light planters in the MCA Commons.

State Matters Midterm Election Watch Party, 2018.

Photo: Patrick Engman.

Located on the second floor of the museum, the MCA’s Commons places artistic and civic exchange at the heart of the museum. Everything that happens within the space, including an array of programs, community meetings, and artist projects, is meant to encourage formal and informal dialogue as well as interaction among artists, visitors, and communities.


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Lead support for the Commons is provided by Rebecca W. Knight and Lester B. Knight, Elizabeth Morse Genius Charitable Trust, and the Thomas Wilson—Jill Garling Foundation.

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