Emerge Selections 2013

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Beach Scene (Louis Fèraud), 2008 C Print 40 3/4 X 31 3/4 In. (103.51 X 80.65 Cm) © Courtesy of the artist and Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York
Emerge Selections 2013

220 East Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60611
April 13th, 2013 - May 12th, 2013

Michigan Ave/Downtown
Tue 10-8; Wed-Sun 10-5


This exhibition brings together work by three artists who are finalists in MCA Chicago’s annual Emerge Acquisition for 2013.

Emerge is an MCA donor group that supports the museum’s education, exhibition, and acquisition programs. Comprising art enthusiasts, collectors, and art patrons, Emerge sponsors events with artists and curators that reflect the dynamic issues of contemporary art today. Every year, the group selects and collectively funds the purchase of a work by an artist not currently represented in the MCA Collection.

In collaboration with the MCA curatorial team, Emerge members have selected works by Roe Ethridge, Kon Trubkovich, and Michael Wilkinson for consideration. Although these works were chosen individually, when viewed together they suggest how today’s artists are responding to an ever-expanding ecosystem of visual imagery and to the history of photographic form.

Trubkovich’s painting is based on a single frame from a 1980s videotape of his mother and muses on the distance between memory and recorded image. Wilkinson’s mostly abstract paintings incorporate image clippings that relate to punk rock and moments of political unrest. And in his conceptual photographic practice, Ethridge cannily blurs distinctions between different modes of photography, including art, advertising, and fashion.

On April 29, Emerge members cast their final vote to determine which of the artworks on view is the next addition to the MCA Collection.