Society for Contemporary Art: Acquisition Selection 2008
Overview: The Society for Contemporary Art (SCA) was founded at the Art Institute
of Chicago in 1940 to promote a better understanding and appreciation
of the art of our time. Monthly SCA programs provide access to an
exciting roster of leading national and international artists, dealers,
critics, historians, and curators, as well as visits to distinguished
private collections and major art centers within the Unites States and
abroad. On an annual basis, the members of our acquisition committee
review a carefully selected group of contemporary works and present
them together as an exhibition. Our membership then votes to purchase
one or more objects on behalf of the museum. In past years, the SCA has
acquired works by artists such as Josef Albers, Alexander Calder, Joan
Mitchell, Jasper Johns, James Turrell, Dan Graham, Leon Golub, Reinhard
Mucha, and more recently Lorna Simpson, Guillermo Kuitca, Tacita Dean,
Larry Clark, Doug Aitken, Wolfgang Tillmans, Rudolf Stingel, and
This year’s offering includes a foam and glass sculpture by Matthew Monahan (American, born 1972); a series of photographic collages and works on paper by Richard Hawkins (American, born 1961); a 16-mm film by A K Dolven (Norwegian, born 1953); a copper sulfate and wood sculpture by Roger Hiorns (English, born 1975); and a suite of color photographs by Boris Mikhailov (Ukranian, born 1938).
Members will vote on these works at the annual meeting on May 22, 2008.
Seen in Galleries 136–137.