A survey at the MCA Chicago uses the metaphor of weather and wields movement as a critical, mercurial strategy
The Art of Not Communicating
Caroline Kent’s installation practically vibrates with the energy of near-connection and near-signification.
MCA Chicago Lays Off 41 Workers, Prompting Backlash
Citing a revenue drop due to the pandemic, the museum has cut 11% of its workforce.
MCA Chicago Converts Part-time Positions to Full-time, Resulting in Loss of 20 Jobs
“This isn’t really what we asked for,” one MCA employee told Hyperallergic. “A lot of the part-time staff don’t necessarily want to be full-time, they have other commitments. What they were asking for was more support.”
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago Agrees to Halt Contracts With City Police
Following a petition by the MCA Chicago’s Teen Creative Agency, the museum has pledged to stop contracting CPD’s services until the department makes reforms. But the group believes much more work remains to be done.
A Fashion Designer’s Love Letter to Art in Chicago
Duro Olowu has curated a dazzling show of Chicago art that is as varied and colorful as the patterns in his clothing.
Imagining a Reconciliatory Relationship with the Earth
In Otobong Nkanga’s art, figures appear dismembered and limbless, indicating that they have been industrialized as tools of production and exploitation.
From Benefit to Blockbuster, a Kerry James Marshall Painting’s Dramatic Flip
A Kerry James Marshall work originally donated to a museum’s benefit auction sold at Christie’s for a record-setting price.
Two Projects Revisit Historical Images with a Calm and Critical Eye
Two video installations currently at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) in Chicago place the viewer within images and their history, and demand we look at them differently.
Whimsical, Art Deco–Inspired Window Designs
CHICAGO — Confessions of an arts writer: my background is in theater design.
Astronomical Art of Intimate Proportions
CHICAGO — Five digitally animated images of the sun twist, flare, and twitch within each of their screens.
Weaving History and Politics Together
CHICAGO — There are some situations in life where bigger really is better (readers can fill in the blank on their own), but art isn’t necessarily one of them. Much as I love German uber-expressionist Anselm Kiefer’s “Nigredo,” or the playful idiocy of Jeff Koons’ giant puppy, I wonder whether the effect in either case would be the same if the pieces were twelve by twelve inches rather than fifteen or twenty feet long or high. Particularly in the context of the modern industrial-gallery-museum complex, ”going big” often seems a response to having all those white walls to fill and auction prices to keep up, rather than having something to say on a large scale.