American Sign Language Tour of Prisoner of Love

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


This event has been canceled. Take a look at accessibility initiatives at the MCA for more events like it.

Featured images

Black stenciled text that reads "WE ARE THE INK THAT GIVES THE WHITE PAGE A MEANING" repeats for twenty-nine lines, gradually becoming distorted until it's almost illegible at the bottom.
Glenn Ligon, American, b. 1960
Untitled (Study #1 for Prisoner of Love), 1992
Oil and gesso on canvas
30 ¼ × 20 1/8 in. (76.8 × 51.1 cm)
Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Gift of Sandra P. and Jack Guthman, 2000.11

Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago


Join us for an American Sign Language (ASL) tour of Prisoner of Love led by Jennifer Eskridge-Hart. Please meet at the second-floor admissions desk.

The exhibition examines the depths of emotions trauma and transcendence evokes. Love Is The Message, The Message Is Death is a video montage about the experience of living in the United States, featuring civil rights news footage, clips of cultural icons like Beyoncé, and videos filmed on phones. Centered around this filmic journey, the exhibition features a rotating body of works that explore the dualities of life and death, love and hate, and pleasure and pain.

Please note this tour is entirely in ASL. Spoken English interpretation is not provided. The MCA offers English-language, docent-led tours daily and a Spanish-language, docent-led tour on the first Sunday of every month.

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