Posts Tagged ‘MCA Chicago’

OTOBONG NKANGA // MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART CHICAGO

Glimmer and Shine by Gabrielle Welsh We are a carbon-based life form, as the scientists say, but how a human body could turn to diamond I do not know, unless through some spiritual factor, perhaps the result of genuinely endless suffering. —Ursala K. Le Guin, The Island of Immortals Diamonds—like most precious minerals—are brought to the surface[…]

MICHAEL RAKOWITZ : BACKSTROKE OF THE WEST // MCA CHICAGO

by Jordan Martins Deeply enmeshed political milieus that hover around the Middle East often share space with action figures, cheap packaging, and radio hits. Across these disparate histories and cultural productions, Chicago-based artist Michael Rakowitz has deployed clever substitutions and subtle comparisons in his work, to either shift contextual meanings, or simply to demonstrate the[…]

HOMECOMING // TANIA PÉREZ CÓRDOVA

click here to download PDF By Tara Plath While Smoke, Nearby, an exhibition of work by Mexico City-based Tania Pérez Córdova, which recently opened at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, marks the artist’s first solo appearance in the United States, the show feels like somewhat of a homecoming. This affect is perhaps common for[…]

MERCE CUNNINGHAM // COMMON TIME

click here to download PDF By Robert Chase Heishman Two dancers lay on a rich, saturated pink carpet—their duet, at first, appears as an almost imperceptible one. Through continuous, extremely gradual movements, each dancer moves from one position to the next, over the course of what is an hours-long performance piece. The presence of the[…]

ABOVE, BEFORE & AFTER // MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART CHICAGO

By Brandon Sward You may not know it yet, but you are at the center of Above, Before & After at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. The exhibition borrows its name from three of the six prepositions within Bruce Nauman’s series Elliott’s Stones (1989), which resides just outside the exhibition space. Resembling gravestone rubbings,[…]

S, M, L, XL // MCA CHICAGO

by S. Nicole Lane Sculpture in relation to the establishment—the blank space, the rectangular confines of the gallery, and the pedestal—have been challenged over the last five decades by artists whose interests lie increasingly in the physical interaction and phenomenology of objects in space. S,M,L,XL, curated by Michael Darling and currently on view at the Museum[…]

DORIS SALCEDO // MCA CHICAGO

by Giovanni Aloi  Under the Skin Silence—this is the overpowering impression that haunts viewers walking through the galleries of Columbian-born artist Doris Salcedo’s work, which just recently closed at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. Salcedo’s sculptures reverberate like the calm after the storm—they stand like ruins—memories of events and people that have tragically[…]

ANNE COLLIER // MCA CHICAGO

by Ruslana Lichtzier Open me like a book Anne Collier photographs reinvent the galleries of the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago as a sacred modernistic white cube, a frequently imagined space, but one rarely accomplished. Amidst the holiday cacophony and the David Bowie Is exhibition, Collier’s show is set apart in silence. At once enigmatic[…]

PIER REVIEW // ISSUE 01

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UNBOUND // MCA CHICAGO

by Hiba Ali Unbound: Contemporary Art After Frida Kahlo hails Frida’s role as a harbinger of art and politics of the present. Her practice is encapsulated through current cultural politics and the performativity of gender – depictions of the body in this exhibition could be seen as acted upon by politics, and the industrial practices[…]

THE WAY OF THE SHOVEL // MCA CHICAGO

by Ruslana Lichtzier The concern with uncharted, muted, and invisible histories has been apparent on a global art platform since the early 2000s. That is the proposal given to us by The Way Of The Shovel: Art as Archeology, which opened early this November at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago – a carefully composed[…]