Circle Preview: Direct Message: Art, Language, and Power

  • 4th-floor Lobby
    220 E Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60611


Free for Circle, DVC, Trustees, and VIP guests

Featured images

Seven black-and-white illustrations hang on a white wall. While some depict what appears to be images of violence, others show mundane objects like a bed, cart, and raft.
Eugenio Dittborn, Dust Clouds, Airmail Painting No. 99 (detail), 1992. Paint, stitching, and photographic silkscreen on fabric. Seven sections, overall: 165 ½ × 275 ¾ in. (420 × 700 cm). Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of Mary and Earle Ludgin by exchange, 2014.16.a-n. © 1992 Eugenio Dittborn
Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago

Exclusively for Circle Donors and Above

Join curators, artists, and fellow supporters for a reception and first look at the MCA's newest exhibition Direct Message: Art, Language, and Power.

This exhibition explores four approaches that artists across generations have used to interrogate the way language and media shape our experience and understanding of the world. Divided into thematic sections—Remove, Review, Reframe, and Recode—Direct Message addresses the complex relationship between modes of communication and power.

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Lead support for Direct Message: Art, Language, and Power is provided by the Harris Family Foundation in memory of Bette and Neison Harris: Caryn and King Harris, Katherine Harris, Toni and Ron Paul, Pam Szokol, Linda and Bill Friend, and Stephanie and John Harris; Zell Family Foundation; Cari and Michael Sacks; and the Nancy Lauter McDougal and Alfred L. McDougal Exhibition Fund.

Major support is provided by Julie and Larry Bernstein and Karyn and Bill Silverstein.

Generous support is provided by Vicki and Bill Hood.