It’s hot out now, but Chicago life is about to sizzle even more this fall when The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago unfolds the following exhibitions at its space on 220 E. Chicago Avenue.
From September 7, 2013 to January 5, 2014, the exhibition entitled Paul Sietsema coordinated by MCA Curator Lynne Warren explores what it means to be an artist today. Barraged in images and access to instant information offered by digital technology, the artist Paul Sietsema presents photographs and other traditional media that realistically refer to art history. He then films these works and compares the secondhand imagery to the original objects.
Drawn primarily from the MCA Collection, MCA DNA: Warhol and Marisol presents selected works by Andy Warhol and Marisol, who became friends in New York during the early 1960s. While highlighting their social and professional relationship, the exhibition also considers the artists’ parallel uses of serial imagery and different approaches to portraiture based on multiplicity or repeating figures. The exhibition, curated by MCA Curator Lynne Warren and Curatorial Assistant Karsten Lund, opens on September 21, 2013 and runs through June 15, 2014.
Michael Darling, MCA James W. Alsdorf Chief Curator uses the museum’s in-depth holdings of the work of Alexander Calder to curate MCA DNA: Alexander Calder which follows the seminal artist’s ideas developed from 1927 to 1974. Examples of Calder’s mobiles, stabiles, and works on paper will be presented from October 12, 2013 to August 17, 2014 thanks to the Ruth and Leonard Horwich Family Loan which the MCA has housed, cared for, and displayed since 1995.
From November 9, 2013 to March 9, 2014, The Way of the Shovel: Art as Archaeology addresses the pervasive interest in history and archival research that has become a defining feature in art produced in the last decade. Curated by MCA Manilow Senior Curator Dieter Roelstraete, the exhibition features films, photographs, paintings, and installations by Michael Rakowitz, Phil Collins, Gabriel Orozco, Tony Tasset, Tacita Dean, Stan Douglas, Joachim Koester, and Simon Starling, among others.
The American premier of New York-based painter and filmmaker Sarah Morris’s film Chicago is the centerpiece of CITY SELF, which runs from November 29, 2013 to April 13, 2014. Organized by MCA Manilow Senior Curator Dieter Roelstraete, the show offers a collection of works depicting Chicago, drawn primarily from the MCA Collection. Andreas Gursky, Catherine Opie, and Beat Streuli are among the artists in the “outsider” category, while artists Jonas Dovydenas, Kenneth Josephson, Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle, Jason Lazarus, and Bob Thall offer an “insider” view. The exhibition also includes works by Todros Geller, Keith Morrison, and Thomas Struth from neighboring Chicago collections.
For more information on MCA’s upcoming or current exhibitions, visit www.mcachicago.org.