Lorraine O’Grady Talk


Lorraine O’Grady

Lorraine O’Grady. Photo taken at the Artforum office in New York in 2009 by David Velasco.

Included in the exhibition, This Will Have Been: Art, Love & Politics in the 1980s, Lorraine O’Grady is an artist and critic whose installations, performances, and texts address issues of diaspora, hybridity, and black female subjectivity. The New York Times in 2006 called her “one of the most interesting American conceptual artists around.” In O’Grady’s work, the idea tends to come first, and then a medium is employed to best execute it. Although its intellectual content is rigorous and political, the work is generally marked by unapologetic beauty and elegance. O’Grady discusses her practice, with a particular focus on her work from the 1980s.

Sound Opinions hosts Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot—two of the finest and best-recognized pop music writers in the nation—sit down with living legends from Chicago’s musical movements of the 1980s including Chris Connelly (Revolting Cocks, Ministry) and ‘Godfather of House’ DJ Frankie Knuckles, to explore the music and politics of the decade. Presented in conjunction with the MCA exhibition This Will Have Been: Art, Love & Politics in the 1980s

Based in Chicago, Sound Opinions is hosted by Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot, who for over a decade were dedicated competitors at Chicago’s two daily newspapers—Jim at the Chicago Sun-Times and Greg at the Chicago Tribune. Today, Jim writes about music for WBEZ.org and teaches criticism at Columbia College. Every week, Sound Opinions fires up smart and spirited discussions about a wide range of popular music, from indie rock to classic rock, hip hop to R&B, and every genre under the sun.

Presented by Chicago Public Media – WBEZ 91.5FM.

1980s Gallery Talk: Gregg Bordowitz


Gregg Bordowitz

Gregg Bordowitz
Drawing by Amy Sillman © 2007

Artists and scholars lead gallery conversations based on the major themes of This Will Have Been: Art Love and Politics in the 1980s. Gregg Bordowitz discusses the artworks in “Desire and Longing,” which explore the development of appropriation art in relation to the emergence of queer visibility brought on by the AIDS crisis.

Gregg Bordowitz is a writer and artist featured in This Will Have Been. Currently, he is developing a performance lecture, “Testing Some Beliefs,” which he has delivered in several galleries. He directed and wrote an opera titled The History of Sexuality Volume One By Michel Foucault: An Opera, which premiered in October 2010 in Vienna, Austria. His most recent book, General Idea: Imagevirus, was published by Afterall Books in 2010. A collection of his writings titled The AIDS Crisis Is Ridiculous and Other Writings 1986-2003 was published by MIT Press in the fall of 2004. For this book, Bordowitz received the 2006 Frank Jewitt Mather Award from the College Art Association. In addition, he has received a Rockefeller Intercultural Arts Fellowship and a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship, among other grants and awards. His films, including Fast Trip Long Drop (1993), A Cloud In Trousers (1995), The Suicide (1996), and Habit (2001) have been widely shown in festivals, museums, movie theaters, and broadcast internationally. Professor Bordowitz is currently the Chair of the Film, Video, New Media, and Animation Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and he is on the faculty of the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program.

Culture Catalysts: Laura Letinsky


Laura Letinsky

Laura Letinsky. Photo courtesy the artist.

Get to know the work of a different Chicago-based thought leader each month. Meet the artists featured in our Chicago Works series and others who influence arts and culture in Chicago.

A native of Canada and current Professor in the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Chicago, Laura Letinsky is the second artist to be featured in the MCA’s Chicago Works series. A photographer known for her still lifes, she received her B.F.A. from the University of Manitoba, and an M.F.A. from Yale University School of Art. Letinsky has exhibited at the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography; Casino Luxembourg; Galerie m Bochum, Germany; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Nederlands Foto Institute; and The Renaissance Society, Chicago, and her work has been adopted into collections at Art Institute of Chicago; J.P. Getty Museum, Los Angeles; and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Her work has been featured in After All, Damiani Publishers (autumn 2010), Now, Again, Galerie Kusseneers, 2005, Hardly More Than Ever, The Renaissance Society, 2004, Blink, Phaidon Press, 2002, and Venus Inferred, University of Chicago Press, 2000. She is represented by Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York.

Screening and Talk: Scott Reeder’s Moon Dust


Scott Reeder

Scott Reeder: Moon Dust, 2012.
Courtesy of the artist.

Moon Dust is a soon-to-be released, feature-length film directed by Scott Reeder. Set 100 years in the future, it tells the odd, compelling, and heartbreaking story of a failing luxury hotel located on the moon. The film is a glimpse into the daily life of the permanent residents/employees of the hotel and the few well-to-do tourists that still bother to visit. Influenced by the films of Jacques Tati and Jean Cocteau, the architecture and design of the Bauhaus, and more recent architecture from the 1970s like Kurokawa Nakagin’s Capsule Tower, the film expands on a vision of the future that is firmly rooted in the past.

Reeder shows an excerpt from the full length film that has never been publicly screened before. MCA Pamela Alper Associate Curator Julie Rodrigues Widholm joins him after the screening to discuss the film on the occasion of the closing of Reeder’s Chicago Works exhibition.

Culture Catalysts: Stephanie Izard


Stephanie Izard

Stephanie Izard. Photo: Anthony Tahlier.

Get to know the work of a different Chicago-based thought leader each month. Meet the artists featured in our Chicago Works series and others who influence arts and culture in Chicago.

Stephanie Izard was born in the Chicago suburb of Evanston but grew up in Stamford, Connecticut, where her parents got her hooked on food with their themed dinner parties, weekly menus posted on the fridge and a life-changing trip to Epcot where she couldn’t wait to get home and recreate the crepes she ate in “France.” As much as she loved cooking (and eating), she went the traditional route first and got a sociology degree from University of Michigan. Soon thereafter, she discovered that all she really wanted to do was cook. After graduating from the Le Cordon Bleu program at the Scottsdale Culinary Institute, she worked at several restaurants, including the Camelback Inn Resort & Spa, before making the decision to return to Chicago in 2001. Stephanie is the winner of season four of Bravo’s Top Chef, owner and executive chef at Girl and the Goat, author of her first cookbook, Girl in the Kitchen: How a Top Chef Cooks, Thinks, Shops, Eats, and Drinks.