Goshka Macuga’s The Nature of the Beast
Calendar and Booking Form
The Nature of the Beast (on view at MCA Chicago from Dec 15, 2012, to Apr 7, 2013) revolves around the presentation of Picasso’s original painting Guernica at the Whitechapel Gallery in London, in 1939, and the placement and role of the tapestry at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 1985 to 2009. In both instances, the image has been used as a backdrop for political debate.
I have designed the exhibition space with a real emphasis on accommodating and encouraging meetings for discussion groups, with Guernica used once again as a backdrop. You are therefore invited to host meetings and discussions around the central table.
The space is offered free of charge but advance booking is required by filling out the form below or by contacting the MCA via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. We ask only that you send photographs, recordings, or minutes of your meetings to the same address for inclusion in the archive that accompanies the artwork. The Nature of the Beast was originally commissioned by Whitechapel Gallery. Today it belongs to the collection of Castello di Rivoli Museum of Contemporary Art.
- The Nature of the Beast can accommodate groups of up to 16 people. Larger groups cannot be accommodated and additional chairs will not be provided.
- Museum admission is waived for members of your group. Each member of the group should check in at the admissions desk on the second floor.
- General museum guidelines apply: no food or drink allowed in the galleries; pencils only; backpacks must be checked before entering the galleries. For a complete list of museum guidelines, click here.
- The meeting space is provided “as is.” Easels, projectors, and additional seating are not permitted.
- Be aware that your meeting is taking place in a public space and your participation becomes an important performative element in the artwork. An expectation of privacy is unrealistic.
- The artist requires that you provide some form of documentation as part of the living archive of the work. Smartphone photographs, audio recordings, and minutes are all valid submissions. Please e-mail your documentation to email@example.com. If file size is an issue, contact us to arrange an adequate transfer of the file(s).
- Any documentation submitted may also be used on the MCA’s website or for announcements to publicize the exhibition and The Nature of the Beast.
- To cancel, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org at least 24 hours in advance of your scheduled meeting.