Curator Tour: Fragments of a Crucifixion

Free With Admission
  • Kovler Atrium
    Second Floor
    220 E Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60611


This event has been canceled. We will reschedule this tour to a later date. For any questions, please contact our Box Office at 312-397-4010.

Featured images

A black-and-white photograph depicts smoke billowing from a body-sized trench in a clearing with weeds and trees on the horizon.
  1. Long In the photograph you seem to stand in a small clearing sparsely populated with flattened weeds in the fore and middle grounds and with an uneven arc of wild grass two-thirds up the image. An impenetrably dark row of trees fills the horizon. The photograph is black and white and strongly lit, so that each blade of grass and clump of dirt casts an intense shadow. At your feet lies a short, crudely dug body-sized trench, whose excavated soil remains, forming a rim around it. The shallow slit, dug from bone-dry earth, lies in the middle of the image and tapers at the end nearest you. From the trench’s pitch-black interior, a blast of opaque, white smoke streams out, billowing directly up and off the photograph’s top edge.
Ana Mendieta, Untitled (from the Silueta series), 1973–77, Silver dye-bleach print, Sheet: 19 7/8 × 15 7/8 in. (50.5 × 40.3 cm), Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift from The Howard and Donna Stone Collection, 2002.46.7
Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago, © The Estate of Ana Mendieta Collection


Join Chanon Kenji Praepipatmongkol, Marjorie Susman Curatorial Fellow, for an in-depth tour of Fragments of a Crucifixion on the museum’s second floor. Fragments of a Crucifixion examines the enduring symbolic relevance of the crucifixion of Christ in today’s culture of diverse religious beliefs.

Live interpretation events are organized by Rosie May, Associate Director of Interpretation and Visitor Research and Meagan Burger, Manager of Interpretation.