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IAIN BAXTER&: Works 1958-2011

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IAIN BAXTER&

IAIN BAXTER&
Television Works (detail), 1999–2006
Acrylic paint on reclaimed televisions; reclaimed pedestals; and reclaimed metal wall brackets
Dimensions variable
Promised gift of Yvonne and David Fleck, Steven and Michael Latner Families, and Eleanor and Francis Shen
Photo: Art Gallery of Ontario. © 2011 IAIN BAXTER&

Nov 5, 2011 – Jan 15, 2012

Iain Baxter legally changed his name to IAIN BAXTER& in 2005. He appended an ampersand to his name to underscore his belief that art is about connectivity, contingency, and collaboration with a viewer. A relentless emphasis on reaching out to the viewer, a core concern with ecology and the environment, and a belief that art must assume plural means and media, inform BAXTER&’s early credo: understanding that “art is all over.” This exhibition seeks to appraise the remarkable achievement of this artist, and to position his contribution in relation to mainstream histories of conceptual art, photography, and installation art.

Ron Terada: Being There

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Ron Terada

Ron Terada
See Other Side of Sign, 2006
Courtesy of Catriona Jeffries, Vancouver

Nov 5, 2011 – Jan 15, 2012

Ron Terada is a Vancouver-based artist who has exhibited extensively in Canada and Europe over the past 15 years but has had relatively little exposure in the United States. Working in the high-tech and multicultural British Columbian city, where influences back and forth across the Pacific Rim are numerous and complex, as well as exploring his own Japanese Canadian identity, Terada has built a fascinating body of work that includes paintings, photographs, video, sound, books, and graphic design. Often using his position within the art world of Vancouver as the starting point for measuring his self-worth, self-esteem, and self-identification, he has used signage, advertising, and Hollywood films in unusual and inventive ways. This is his first solo exhibition in the United States.

The Language of Less (Then and Now) Audio tour

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Richard Serra

Richard Serra
Prop, 1968
Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of Mrs. Robert B. Mayer, 1978.44.a–b. © 2011 Richard Serra / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo © MCA Chicago

Then: Oct 8, 2011–Apr 15, 2012
Now: Oct 8, 2011–Mar 25, 2012

Pandora’s Box: Joseph Cornell Unlocks the MCA Collection

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Pipilotti Rist

Pipilotti Rist, Sip My Ocean (Schlürfe meinen Ozean), 1996. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Bernice and Kenneth Newberger Fund and restricted gift of Carol and Douglas Cohen. © 1996 Pipilotti Rist. Photo: Michael David Rose, © MCA Chicago.

Jun 18 – Oct 16, 2011

Jim Nutt: Coming Into Character

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Jim Nutt

Jim Nutt: Plumb, 2004. Private collection. Photo courtesy of David Nolan Gallery, New York.

January 29 – May 29, 2011

Join Lynne Warren, MCA Curator and organizer of Jim Nutt: Coming Into Character for a personal tour through the exhibition.

Seeing is a Kind of Thinking: A Jim Nutt Companion

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Eric Lebofsky

Eric Lebofsky, The Distractionist, 2009. Courtesy of the artist

January 29 – May 29, 2011

MCA’s Pamela Alper Associate Curator Julie Rodrigues Widholm, Paul Nudd, Diane Simpson and Gladys Nilsson provide insight into this companion exhibition to Jim Nutt: Coming Into Character.