Curator Tour: The Shape of the Future

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

Featured images

In what appears to be an aged photograph, a dark-haired person reclines on a lounge pool float in front of a large yard and house.
Jack Pierson, In every dream home a heartache, 1990. Chromogenic development print 30 × 20 in. (76.2 × 50.1 cm). Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Restricted gift of The Dave Hokin Foundation, 1995.119.4. © 1990 Jack Pierson
Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago


Join Chief Curator Michael Darling for an in-depth tour of The Shape of the Future on the museum’s fourth floor. The exhibition investigates the myriad ways architecture shapes how we dream about the future.

Coinciding with the 2019 Chicago Architecture Biennial, The Shape of the Future takes a close look legacies of global modernism through the critical work of MCA Collection artists. The artists in this exhibition examine the concept of progress through the dubious dream of a universal design language. Highlighting the histories and ideologies embedded in the built environment, these artists reveal the complexity—and at times absurdity—of the modernist project.