Prisoner of Love

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Bruce Nauman: Life, Death, Love, Hate, Pleasure, Pain, 1983 Neon Diameter: 70 7/8 In. (180 Cm). Collection Museum Of Contemporary Art Chicago, Gerald S. Elliott Collection, 1995.74 © 2018 Bruce Nauman/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago
Prisoner of Love
Curated by: Naomi Beckwith

220 East Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60611
January 26th - October 27th
Opening: January 26th 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Tue 10-8; Wed-Sun 10-5


Love Is The Message, The Message Is Death, by acclaimed artist and filmmaker Arthur Jafa, is a multilayered seven-minute montage of the black experience in America. The video tells a story of trauma and transcendence in a flurry of footage—from historic speeches by Martin Luther King Jr. and Barack Obama, to clips of cultural icons Beyoncé and Notorious B.I.G., to flashes of concerts, home movies, news footage, music videos, and sports matches—all set to the soaring gospel tones of Kanye West's Ultralight Beam. Centered around this filmic journey, the exhibition features a rotating body of work from the MCA's collection that complements Jafa's video and captures some of the same intense emotions about life in America today. Powerful, moving works by artists such as Deana Lawson, Glenn Ligon, Kerry James Marshall, Marilyn Minter, Robert Mapplethorpe, and Carrie Mae Weems alternate throughout the run of the show, alongside the mainstay of Bruce Nauman’s iconic Life, Death, Hate, Pleasure, Pain.

The exhibition is curated by Naomi Beckwith, Manilow Senior Curator. It is presented in the Sylvia Neil and Daniel Fischel Galleries on the museum's second floor.

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