Collection Highlights


Jeff Wall, In front of a nightclub, 2006. Color transparency and light box; 90 1/8 × 143 ¼ in. (229 × 364 cm). Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of Katherine S. Schamberg by exchange, 2006.30. © 2006 Jeff Wall
Image courtesy of the artist


Collection Highlights, a survey of contemporary art from the MCA’s unique perspective, charts our evolution as a major contemporary art institution over our 40-year history through many of the most significant works in the MCA Collection.

Roughly organized by chronology, Collection Highlights is one of three collection exhibitions celebrating the MCA’s 40th anniversary and builds on themes explored in recent collection-based exhibitions such as The Fluidity of Time (2005) and Life Death Love Hate Pleasure Pain (2002), which was accompanied by a catalogue devoted to the MCA’s most significant works.

View works from the 1940s to seventies by Francis Bacon, Lee Bontecou, Christo, Robert Irwin, Donald Judd, Rene Magritte, Bruce Nauman, Claes Oldenburg, Ed Paschke, Gerhard Richter, Robert Smithson, Andy Warhol, and H. C. Westermann as well as works from the 1980s and nineties by Chris Burden, Chuck Close, Jeff Koons, Sigmar Polke, Richard Prince, Cindy Sherman, and Thomas Struth, plus works from our most recent period of acquisitions, the mid-nineties to the present, by Matthew Barney, Ellen Gallagher, Andreas Gursky, Jim Hodges, Judy Ledgerwood, Kerry James Marshall, Catherine Opie, Paul Pfeiffer, Tony Tasset, and Jeff Wall. Many of these works—acquired as gifts or purchases over the years—initially appeared here as part of exhibitions originated by the MCA.

Collection Highlights is presented in two parts—the first ending February 3 and the second continuing through June 8—and is followed by another large-scale presentation of key works from the collection titled Artists in Depth, which opens in late June 2008.

This exhibition is curated by Elizabeth Smith, James W. Alsdorf Chief Curator and Deputy Director for Programs at the MCA.


Lead sponsor

Support for this exhibition is generously provided by Margot and George Greig. Additional support for this exhibition is provided by Richard A. Lenon, the Elizabeth Morse Charitable Trust, the Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation, and Dorothy and Alan Press.

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