Curator Tour: Can You Hear Me Now?

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

Featured images

A stream of water pours into an open mouth, splashing out the sides.
Ann Hamilton, (, 1990/93. LCD monitor with color-toned image, 30-minute video laser disc, and laser disc player; screen: 3 ½ × 4 ½ in. (8.9 × 11.4 cm). Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Bernice and Kenneth Newberger Fund; restricted gift of Susan and Lewis Manilow and Howard and Donna Stone, 1995.14
Photo © MCA Chicago, © 1993 Ann Hamilton and Sean Kelly Gallery


Consider the ways that artists in the exhibition Can You Hear Me Now? explore language and communication in a guided tour by exhibition curator Bana Kattan, Barjeel Global Fellow.

Curated mostly from the MCA Collection, the works in Can You Hear Me Now? deal with breakdowns in communication and our inability to hear each other in polarized political climates. The artists in Can You Hear Me Now? explore the struggle to communicate on levels ranging from the personal to the governmental, asking the viewer to consider which messages merit amplification, which are unduly stifled, and why.