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Curator’s Tour: Chicago Conceptual Abstraction

Tue, Sep 10, 2013, Noon–1 pm

Lynne Warren

Lynne Warren

Curator Lynne Warren leads a tour of MCA DNA: Chicago Conceptual Abstraction, 1986–1995.


About the Exhibition

While historically Chicago art making has been strongly figural and representational, the Minimalism and conceptual art movements of the 1960s had a definite impact on many Chicago-based artists who emerged in the late 1980s and early 1990s. The early 1980s marked a sea change in the Chicago art scene as the city’s art schools began attracting students and working artists from around the nation who had absorbed the lessons of the previous decades’ avant-garde and who were influenced by the theoretical writings of historians, philosophers, environmentalists, and literary critics. The following years saw a rise in the number of Chicago artists whose works were in the lineage of or consciously referred to conceptual art, and the artists represented in this exhibition evidence this change. Whether working in painting, photography, sculpture, or installation, they use diverse modes of abstraction to convey complex ideas about art history, social issues, and identity.

MCA DNA: Chicago Conceptual Abstraction is part of an ongoing exhibition series featuring iconic works from the MCA Collection and is organized by Lynne Warren, Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.