Martin Creed Plays Chicago

Welcome to Martin Creed Plays Chicago


Posted April 20, 2012

Naomi Beckwith

Naomi Beckwith; January 18, 2012; Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.

This year, Martin Creed’s residency here at MCA Chicago brings an array of projects to the museum and the city of Chicago. Each month, Martin unveils a new installation in spaces that aren’t normally given over to art projects, like elevators, and spaces that aren’t traditional gallery sites, like lobbies—reinvigorating and expanding the function of such spaces. In addition to projects inside the MCA building, Martin is also going to be realizing some ambitious projects around the city of Chicago itself—including recording an album and presenting the American premiere of his ballet, Work no. 1020.

This residency pushes us at the MCA to redefine our general practice of making exhibitions. Working with an artist like Martin Creed—whose work extends well beyond traditional visual art objects and into the realms of performance, theater, dance, installation, and video—enables us to enliven our spaces in incredibly new and enriching ways.

This blog serves to document Martin’s residency, letting you know how his installations unfold one-by-one throughout the MCA and reminding you of his performances and events throughout the city. We will also feature contributions from museum visitors, students in the MCA’s Teen Creative Agency, and Chicagoans active in the arts and culture community.