In 2011, as part of the exhibition Without You I’m Nothing: Art and its Audience, artist Kirsten Leenaars produced On Our Way to Tomorrow, a soap opera based on real-life drama that was filmed on location using MCA staff and visitors as the core actors and extras. While the characters are fully fictionalized, scripts and improvisations were based on their actual positions at the museum. Leenaars is joined in conversation by Michael Darling, James W. Alsdorf Chief Curator, to discuss excerpts from the soap opera series.
Leenaars was named a 2012 break out artist by Newcity’s art editor Jason Foumberg. Leenaars is a Chicago-based artist born and raised in the Netherlands. She is an Assistant Professor of Contemporary Practices at The School of the Art Institute Chicago member of the Threewalls Artist Advisory Board and the 6018 North board.