Soundtrack: Ayana Contreras


Ayana Contreras

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    Ayana Contreras

    Seeing Chicago Mix


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A person wearing headphones stands at a table with two turntables in front of a large video screen while holding a microphone and an album cover that reads LTD.
Ayana Contreras at Perrotin New York, 2019
Photo: Guillaume Ziccarelli


Contemporary sound-based artists transform your MCA experience on select Fridays with custom soundtracks reflecting their perspective of works on view. DJ sets and live bands occupy spaces in the museum as the building itself amplifies their sound constructions.

For this virtual event, Ayana Contreras, DJ and host of Reclaimed Soul on Vocalo Radio and WBEZ, responds to the exhibition Duro Olowu: Seeing Chicago with a set of soulful deep cuts focusing on Chicago’s cultural and music history.

Audio of the set will be available on the MCA's web page at noon alongside a selection of images chosen from the exhibition by Contreras.

Soundtrack is organized by Curator January Parkos Arnall and Coordinator Cameron McEwen with the Performance and Public Practice team.

Featured images

Duro Olowu, Fall/Winter 2017, Look 10. Photo: Luis Monteiro
Richard Hunt, American, b. 1935, Small Hybrid, 1964. Steel; 17 ½ × 9 ½ × 10 in. (44.4 × 24.1 × 25.4 cm). Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Morton A. Sterling, 1981.39
Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago
Duro Olowu, Fall/Winter 2019, Look 16
Photo: Luis Monteiro
Daniele Tamagni, Sapeurs posing in front of Memorial Savorgnan de Brazz, Brazzaville, 2008. Chromogenic development print. Frame: 37 ½ in x 47 in; paper: 26 in x 36 in
Courtesy of the Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago
Kerry James Marshall, Portrait of a Curator (In Memory of Beryl Wright), 2009. Acrylic on VC; 30 7/8 × 24 7/8 × 1 7/8 in. (78.4 × 63.1 × 4.8 cm). Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York
© Kerry James Marshall
Sanford Biggers, American, b. 1970. Quilt 24, 2013. Antique quilt, assorted textiles, acrylic, and spray paint; 77 × 79 in. (195.6 × 200.7 cm). Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Gift of Mary and Earle Ludgin by exchange, 2013.24
Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago
Sheila Hicks, Evolving Tapestry—Soleil, 1984
Wound, tied and knotted dyed linen, 3 parts, which may be stacked in variable configurations. 14 × 16 × 15 in. (35.6 × 40.6 × 38.1 cm). The David and Alfred Smart Museum of Art, The University of Chicago; Gift of the artist, 1995.45a-c. © Sheila Hicks, Photo © 2019 courtesy of The David and Alfred Smart Museum of Art, The University of Chicago
Sister Gertrude Morgan, Chart of Revelations 10, 11, 12, 13, c. 1970. Pen and paint on poster board; 22 × 28 in. Collection of Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art, gift of Susann Craig, 2002.4