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LoveSexy: Identity and Desire in the MCA Collection

Jan 19–Apr 21, 2002

Ramos_Zebra

Mel Ramos
Zebra, 1970

Oil on canvas
80 x 70 in. (203.2 x 177.8 cm) Framed: 82-3/4 x 70-5/8 x 2 in. (210.2 x 179.4 x 5.1 cm)
Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of Beatrice Cummings Mayer; 1991.88
Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago

This exhibition features works from the MCA Collection that provide various perspectives on the always shifting nature of sexual desire and identity in culture and society. The work in Lovesexy ranges from Mel Ramos’s 1970 painting Zebra, which wavers between celebration and critique of the pop cultural consumption of the naked female form, to Jeanne Dunning’s Toe-Sucking Video (1994), a jarringly straightforward combination of onanism, fetishism, infantile sexuality, and endurance in one videotaped performance. Other artists in the exhibition include Matthew Barney, Vanessa Beecroft, Rebekah Levine, Mike Kelley and Paul McCarthy, Karen Kilimnick, Catherine Opie, Jack Pierson, Daniela Rossell, and Cindy Sherman.

Funding

This exhibition is generously sponsored by Margot and George Greig.