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The Body Present: Effigies, Decoys, and Other Equivalents

Jan 19–May 12, 2002

Ahearn_Clyde

John Ahearn
Clyde, 1981

Acrylic on plaster and wood
26 1/2 x 23 x 10 in. (67.3 x 58.4 x 25.4 cm)
Collection of Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of Lannan Foundation; 1997.17
Photo: Nathan Keay, © Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

Drawing from the MCA Collection and including key loans, this exhibition addresses sculptural figuration over the past 30 years, particularly with works that somehow encroach upon or share one’s personal space, drawing the visitor into the realm of the object through life-scale or objective representation. The exhibition reveals how, through this cohabitation of space and the resulting give-and-take between the object and viewer, the object conveys a disquieting sense of both human presence and human absence. The Body Present includes works by Magdalena Abakanowicz, John Ahearn, Stephan Balkenhol, Joseph Beuys, Tom Czarnopys, John De Andrea, Ken Fandell, Joe Litzenberger, Marisol, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Marc Quinn, and George Segal.

Funding

This exhibition is generously sponsored by Ruth Horwich.