Talk: Caroline Kent
with Jadine Collingwood


About the Event

In a new Chicago Works exhibition at the MCA, artist Caroline Kent explores an abstract visual vocabulary she developed over years of practice. Join the artist and exhibition curator Jadine Collingwood in conversation as they discuss Kent’s invented language of abstraction.

MCA Talks highlight cutting-edge thinking and contemporary art practices across disciplines. This presentation is organized by Jadine Collingwood, Assistant Curator.

Chicago Works: Caroline Kent

Caroline Kent, An improbable concoction, 2020. Acrylic on unstretched canvas; 101 x 80 in.
Collection of the New Orleans Museum of Art, LA.

Courtesy of the Artist; PATRON Gallery, Chicago; Casey Kaplan, New York; and Kohn Gallery, Los Angeles. Photo: Karl Puchlik

How does language structure our world? Who gets to be inside or outside a language? What would it mean to invent a new mode of communication? And what social conditions make creating a new language necessary? Chicago artist Caroline Kent (American, b. 1975) explores these questions through paintings, drawings, sculpture, and performance works that speak in an abstract visual vocabulary she developed over years of practice.