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Michael Darling

20150512165257-06ef7km_2011_tyffsh_6 Space in All of Its Capacities  
at Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) May 9th - October 4th
Posted 8/21/15

By: Amy Haddad Kris Martin, “T.Y.F.F.S.H.” The “S, M, L, XL” exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) in Chicago is a small but compelling show. The exhibition opens explaining how some sculptors in the 1960s moved art from the pedestal into the viewer’s space. This theme has continued over the past five decades in various sizes, as the exhibition’s title suggests. As visitors experience the physical and mental attributes of space, they may begin to t... [more]

20150512165257-06ef7km_2011_tyffsh_6 Sizing the Immaterial: S, M, L, XL at MCA   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
at Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) May 9th - October 4th
Posted 5/12/15

Stratospheres of experience have been described in art since the early narratives of heaven and earth. Since Biblical cosmology, our understanding of time and place has been oriented according to predetermined concepts of measure—even time is an invented unit. But how do we measure the intangible? In a system where contemporary art is increasingly judged by scale, how do we quantify the poetics of experience? Robert Morris, Portal, 1964. Collection of the MCA Chicago, gift of Mrs. Robert B. Mayer. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago. &co... [more]

20140929231945-8efeddavidbowie_20140919_231 Bowie Victims: Confessions from David Bowie Is at the MCA Chicago   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
at Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) September 23rd, 2014 - January 4th
Posted 9/29/14

I’m not sure exactly what Jon Savage meant when he referred to “Bowie victims” in his book about the birth of punk rock, England’s Dreaming, but ever since I read that phrase it stuck with me. In a way I identified with it—being a big David Bowie adherent—and didn’t necessarily consider it as a derogatory term. I figure he meant teens obsessed with Bowie, the young androgynes with their flared high waters and platform boots, teased mullets and green eye mak... [more]

20140929225958-2d11c1aladdinsane David Bowie Is: Star Power – An Interview with Michael Darling   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
at Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) September 23rd, 2014 - January 4th
Posted 8/29/14

David Bowie Is, coming to the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago in just a few weeks, is unprecedented to the extent that it is the first massive solo show the MCA has ever given to a musician. But as James W. Alsdorf Chief Curator Michael Darling discusses below, he was drawn to the exhibition because Bowie emulates the blending of media, the crossing over of disciplines he finds so relevant to contemporary artists’ practices. Darling was kind enough to sit down with me this month and ex... [more]

20130830080549-4 Theaster Gates: Space is the Place   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Theaster Gates at Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) May 18th, 2013 - October 6th, 2013
Posted 8/30/13

Artist. Entrepreneur. Potter. Bureaucrat. Singer. Arts Administrator. Host. Urban Planner. Collector. The list could go on and on, but the take away from all these labels might be that Theaster Gates is hard to pinpoint or define. Because his practice combines so many disparate disciplines and mediums, it's counter productive to try and categorize the work he does, and the work he makes. Up until now, that hasn’t been too much of an issue—he’s fit comfortably in the trending, self-ref... [more]

20130221203938-bontecou_untitled1962 The Stillness of Destruction   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Lee Bontecou, Alberto Burri, Niki de Saint Phalle, Gérard Deschamps, François Dufrêne, Jean Fautrier, Lucio Fontana, Adolf Frohner, Raymond Hains, Yves Klein, John Latham, Gustav Metzger, Manolo Millares, Otto Müehl, Saburo Murakami, Robert Rauschenberg, Salvatore Scarpitta, Shozo Shimamoto, Kazuo Shiraga, Antoni Tàpies, Chiyu Uemae, Jacques Villeglé, Wolf Vostell, Michio Yoshihara at Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) February 16th, 2013 - June 2nd, 2013
Posted 2/21/13

This twenty-six artist-deep group show that just opened at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago is an interesting re-examination of work by renowned artists such as Lucio Fontana, Yves Klein, Robert Rauschenberg and Antoni Tàpies, among others. Re-framed and linked together based on the work’s general responsiveness to war, specifically World War II and the Cold War, all these square pegs are smartly made to fit in round holes despite their typical standing as loners, exceptions, outcasts and icon... [more]

20120627201108-colorjam_6 Chicago Animated by Color: Jessica Stockholder   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Jessica Stockholder at Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) July 10th, 2012 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Posted 6/27/12

Chicago has a complicated relationship with public art. Anish Kapoor’s beloved Cloud Gate aside, many of the City’s outdoor works have been met with contempt or irreverence by critics and the public alike. Tony Tasset’s Eye fascinated some, but perplexed most; Seward Johnson’s Forever Marilyn sculpture was denounced as “kitsch” and was repeatedly vandalized — once with streaks of red paint surely meant to evoke menstrual blood — until it was taken down in May; and even works that are now symbols of the art establishment, such as Chicag... [more]

20110710055500-06_7 Inside the Box   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Joseph Cornell at Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) June 18th, 2011 - October 16th, 2011
Posted 7/25/11

Joseph Cornell (1903-1972) was an American Surrealist, well-known for his imaginative boxes, sculptural environments with interior assemblages that may include birds, shells, and collaged or appropriated images along with other ephemera. Large holdings of these are owned by the Art Institute of Chicago and the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA), and the boxes mark an important halfway point between modern aesthetics, like collage and found object sculpture, and more contemporary concepts. In “Pa... [more]

Benett_image Cat Powered   Pick-button-0f29c6c075c514ef3a12253f1d60018e
Gretchen Bennett at Seattle Art Museum March 3rd, 2010 - September 6th, 2010
Posted 3/30/10

In an effort to harness one of the few brand-name cultural products of Seattle to draw tourists, the Seattle Art Museum is putting on a show called Kurt (opening May 13) thematically centered around Kurt Cobain. Preceding the exhibition by two months is Gretchen Bennett’s video I Don't Blame You , 2009, which either is about fame or Kurt Cobain and uses the Cat Power song of the same title (which either is or is not about Kurt Cobain) as a point of departure. Featuring Bennett singing Cat Power... [more]

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