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

James W. Alsdorf Chief Curator Michael Darling poses with a smile in front of the title wall for "David Bowie Is".

James W. Alsdorf Chief Curator Michael Darling

Photo: Nathan Keay © MCA Chicago

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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.

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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

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Elevator Repair Service, Arguendo

Photo: Joan Marcus

Participants at Family Day, Apr 12, 2014

Photo: Joshua Longbrake © MCA Chicago

Installation view, Isa Genzken: Retrospective, MCA Chicago, Apr 12–Aug 3, 2014

Photo: Nathan Keay © MCA Chicago

Shirin Neshat, Turbulent, 1998. Black-and-white video installation. Dimensions variable. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of Susan and Lewis Manilow, 2000.22 © 1998 Shirin Neshat

© MCA Chicago

MCA Talk: William Pope.L, Apr 17, 2014

Photo: Meghan Wingert © MCA Chicago

Installation view, William J. O'Brien, MCA Chicago, Jan 25–May 18, 2014

Photo: Nathan Keay © MCA Chicago

Stan Shellabarger & Dutes Miller, Untitled (Crochet, Basel, Switzerland), 2008. Archival ink-jet print. Edition of 5, aside from 1 artist's proof. 50 x 30 in. (127 x 76.2 cm) Courtesy of the artists and Western Exhibitions, Chicago

Rosas danst Rosas

Photo: Herman Sorgeloos

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