Tacita Dean

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An olive-skinned woman with black hair and dark eyes wears a white collared shirt and rests her head on her hand.
Tacita Dean
Photo: Jim Rakete


Acclaimed British artist Tacita Dean makes a rare US appearance at MCA Chicago.

Dean, whose work is included in The Way of the Shovel, will speak about her two most recent projects, FILM and JG (2013), the medium of film, and other issues related to her practice.

About the Artist

Tacita Dean was born in 1965 in Canterbury, UK. She studied at Falmouth School of Art and the Slade School of Fine Art before moving to live and work in Berlin in 2000. Her solo exhibitions include Tate Britain, London; MACBA, Barcelona (2001); Tate St Ives (2005); Schaulager, Basel (2006); Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2007); Nicola Trussardi Foundation, Milan; ACCA, Melbourne (2009); MUMOK, Vienna; Turbine Hall (Unilever Series), Tate Modern, London (2011); and the New Museum, New York (2012). Most recent exhibitions include the Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia; her latest film project, JG, at Arcadia University Art Gallery, Philadelphia (2013), and Frith Street Gallery, London (2013); and c/o Jolyon at Frith Street Gallery, London (2013). Shows in 2013 also included Instituto Moreira Salles, Rio de Janeiro; Fundación Botín, Santander; Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA), Melbourne; National Museum of Contemporary Art, Korea in Seoul and Museo d'Arte Moderna di Bologna, MAMbo. Forthcoming shows in 2014 include the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Utah Museum of Fine Arts, UMFA, and Sydney Biennale. Dean has taken part in many group exhibitions including Venice Biennale (2003, 2005, and 2013), Sydney Biennale (2005) and Sao Paulo Biennale (2006 and 2010), and she recently participated in dOCUMENTA (13) (2012). Dean was awarded the Hugo Boss Prize in 2006 and the Kurt Schwitters Prize in 2009.


This program is made possible by the Antje B. and John J. Jelinek Endowed Lecture and Symposium on Contemporary Art through a generous gift to the Chicago Contemporary Campaign.

Additional support is provided by Emerge, a donor affinity group that supports the education, exhibition, and acquisition programs of the MCA