Luc Tuymans (audio tour)


Luc Tuymans

Luc Tuymans, Mwana Kitoko, 2000. Collection of Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Ghent; © Luc Tuymans; photo by Ben Blackwell; courtesy David Zwirner, New York.

Oct 2, 2010–Jan 9, 2011

MCA’s Pamela Alper Associate Curator Julie Rodrigues Widholm and artist Luc Tuymans provide insight on the exhibition.

Without You I’m Nothing: Art and Its Audience


Magdalena Abakanowicz

Magdalena Abakanowicz, Cage, 1981. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, gift of Ralph I. and Helyn D. Goldenberg; © 1981 Magdalena Abakanowicz. Photo © MCA Chicago.

November 20, 2010 – May 1, 2011

Over the past fifty years, artists have increasingly engaged the presence of the audience in the conception, production, and presentation of their work. Without You I’m Nothing comprises works drawn from the MCA’s Collection that demonstrate a cultural shift towards a greater engagement for the individual in the public realm.

Alexander Calder and Contemporary Art: Form, Balance, Joy


Alexander Calder

Alexander Calder, Little Face, c. 1945. The Leonard and Ruth Horwich Family Loan. © 2009 Calder Foundation, New York / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

October 2, 2010 – January 9, 2011
MCA Curator Lynne Warren, and contemporary artists Nathan Carter, Aaron Curry, Kristi Lippire, Jason Meadows, and Jason Middlebrook provide insight on the exhibition.

Buckminster Fuller: Starting with the Universe


Buckminster Fuller

Buckminster Fuller with models of Standard of Living Package and Skybreak Dome, 1949. Image courtesy the Estate of R. Buckminster Fuller.

March 14 – July 5, 2009
Fuller’s grandson, Jaime Snyder, provides insight on the exhibition.

Artists in Depth



William Kentridge, drawing for the film History of the Main Complaint, 1995-96. MCA Collection, gift of Susan and Lewis Manilow.

MCA Chief Curator Elizabeth Smith, Director of Collections and Exhibition Services Jennifer Draffen and Senior Preparator Brad Martin examine the exhibition from multiple angles: interpretation, installation and caring for the artworks.



Jenny Holzer

Jenny Holzer, Red Yellow Looming, 2004. Kunsthaus Bregenz, Austria. Text: U.S. government documents. © 2008 Jenny Holzer, member Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Attilio Maranzano.

October 25, 2008-February 1, 2009
Holzer studio assistant David Breslin provides insight on the exhibition.

Everything’s Here: Jeff Koons and his experience of Chicago


Jeff Koons

Jeff Koons, Rabbit, 1986. MCA Collection, partial gift of Stefan T. Edlis and H. Gael Neeson, © Jeff Koons.

May 31 – September 21, 2008
Koons leads you on a personal tour of the exhibition.

Karen Kilimnik


Karen Kilimnik

Karen Kilimnik
Prince Charming, 1998
Courtesy of 303 Gallery, New York

February 23 – June 8, 2008

Collection Highlights


Jeff Wall

Jeff Wall
In front of a nightclub, 2006
MCA Collection, gift of Katherine S. Schamberg by exchange
Photo courtesy of Marian Goodman Gallery, New York

August 18, 2007 – June 8, 2008

Gordon Matta-Clark’s Legacy


Gordon Matta-Clark

Gordon Matta-Clark
Circus or The Caribbean Orange, 1978
MCA Collection, gift of Mr. and Mrs. E. A. Bergman and
Lewis and Susan Manilow
© Estate of Gordon Matta-Clark, New York

Gordon Matta-Clark: “You Are the Measure”
February 2 – May 4, 2008

In this lively conversation, artists Mark Dion, Sarah Oppenheimer, and Rirkrit Tiravanija join landscape designer Walter Hood to discuss Gordon Matta-Clark’s influence on contemporary architecture and design and how he continues to inspire their work.