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Original Language: Highlights from the MCA Collection

Mar 24–Aug 5, 2001

In the period immediately following the second World War, artists redefined the language of art-making practice, signaling the birth of movements such as minimalism, conceptualism, and process art. Original Language: Highlights from the MCA Collection, presents key works by artists and spans five decades, ranging from Donald Judd, Bruce Nauman, and Jeff Koons to a younger generation that includes Doug Aitken, Laura Owens, and Paul Pfieffer, among others. Dynamic, bold, and innovative, the work of these artists reveals a set of connective ideas that tap into a universal enquiry about the contemporary world and the nature of human existence within it. Original Language, aims to further the MCA’s mission as a leading contemporary art institution with a vision that is continually reflected in the evolution of its collection.

Funding

Support for this exhibition is generously provided by the Women’s Board of the MCA and the State of Illinois.