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MCA Screen: To the Racy Brink

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220 E. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60611

July 1 - December 10, 2017Since its founding in 1967, the MCA has been committed to supporting artistic experimentation and risk taking. This exhibition looks at the first decades of the museum with historical material that highlights some of the MCA’s earliest vanguard programming and advertising. Drawn from a selection of rare films, videos, photographs, and ephemera from the MCA’s archives, this is the first time the video of Chris Burden’s Doomed (1975) has been displayed, giving viewers a glimpse of his 45-hour performance which intrigued and bewildered the city and tested both the museum’s obligation to the artist’s vision and the artist’s endurance. Also on view are a series of films made by David Katzive, the museum’s first curator, capturing some of the MCA’s earliest programming including Christo’s first wrap of a building in the US, Wrap In, Wrap Out (1969), and the groundbreaking conceptual show Art by Telephone (1969), in which artists communicated instructions for creating work over the phone to MCA staff. Jerry Aronson and Howard Sturges’ experimental documentary Options, which was narrated by Ken Nordine, depicts the 1968 participatory art exhibition of the same name. This exhibition is organized by MCA Curator Lynne Warren and Library Director Mary Richardson.

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