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Donald Moffett: What Barbara Jordan Wore

May 4–Sep 8, 2002


Donald Moffett
What Barbara Jordan Wore, 2002

Installation of oil and enamel on linen with video projection
Three parts, each: 45 x 60 in. (114.3 x 153 cm)
Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, restricted gift of Nancy A. Lauter and Alfred L. McDougal, Judith Neisser, Barbara and Thomas Ruben, Faye and Victor Morgenstern Family Foundation, and Ruth Horwich; 2002.81.a–c
© 2002 Donald Moffett
Photo © Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

This New York-based artist and former member of the activist collective Gran Fury has worked across several artistic categories and media. While he tends to employ a minimalist sensibility, his art is built upon an armature of political predicaments and social observations, responding to social mores, codes, and prejudices. For his project at the MCA, Moffett presents a group of his new paintings and an audio installation inspired by the persona of Barbara Jordan—a compelling figure in late 20th-century American political life who championed progressive values and the ideals of democracy.

This exhibition is accompanied by a fully-illustrated catalogue—the first devoted to Moffett’s work.


Support for Donald Moffett has been provided by Donna and Howard Stone, Steven Berkowitz, Deborah Bricker, the Brown Foundation, Janice and Mickey Cartin, Robert and Sylvie Fitzpatrick, Judith Neisser, and the Orbit Fund.

Air transportation is provided by American Airlines, the official airline of the Museum of Contemporary Art.