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Talk: MCA ‘68—Art & Violence, Then & Now

Cover of exhibition catalogue, Violence! In Recent American Art, MCA Chicago, Nov 8, 1968–Jan 12, 1969

© MCA Chicago


On the 50th anniversary of the opening of Violence! In Recent American Art(1968), a landmark exhibition at the MCA, Associate Professor of the History of Photography at Columbia College Chicago Greg Foster-Rice, multidisciplinary artist Danny Giles, Director of the DePaul Art Museum Julie Rodrigues Widholm, and moderator Alison Cuddy reflect on violence and art. Representing one of the museum's first topical exhibitions, the show serves as a useful historical marker in how audiences and artists process violence. Giles, whose practice focuses on oppressive systems, also performs a recent work as part of the event. There is an open call for performers to participate in this performance.

This program is presented in partnership with the Chicago Humanities Festival and is part of Art Design Chicago, a year-long celebration of Chicago’s art and design history spearheaded and funded by the Terra Foundation for American Art with support from the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation.

Please be advised: this program contains some graphic imagery and a performance depicting resistance to police violence.


This program is made possible by the Kristina Barr Lectures, which were established through a generous gift by The Barr Fund to the Chicago Contemporary Campaign.