American Sign Language Tour and Tea: Direct Message: Art, Language, and Power

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

Featured images

William Kentridge, 2nd Hand Reading, 2014. Hard cover, Smyth Sewn, commercial offset, and dust jacket. Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago Artists’ Book Collection, Marcia and Irving Stenn Artists’ Book Fund, 2016.208A Courtesy of the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery
Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago


Join us for an American Sign Language (ASL) tour of Direct Message: Art, Language, and Power led by Jennifer Eskridge-Hart. Please meet at the 2nd-floor admissions desk. The tour will be followed by complimentary tea in Marisol.

Largely featuring works in the MCA collection, the works in Direct Message: Art, Language, and Power highlight the ways artists use text in visual art beginning in the 1960s, providing a useful lens for understanding the ways language and media operate today. Their work informs subsequent generations of artists featured in this exhibition who conceal, annotate, and remix conventional modes of communication, challenging the standards that structure language and, by extension, power.

This event is designed for the deaf community and is led entirely in American Sign Language (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 Meagan Burger, Manager of Adult Learning Programs.