Benefit Art Auction


  • A female doll with long dark hair wearing a floral kimono stands with her back to the viewer, her palm pressed against a white wall.
  • A multimedia collage of patterns, line drawings, a broad patches of color
Brian Bress, Moptop (Yellow Axonmetric), 2014. HD single-channel video (color), HD monitor and player, and wall mount; framed: 37 ¾ x 23 ½ x 4 in. (95.9 × 59.7 × 10.2 cm). Artist’s proof, aside from an edition of 1
Courtesy of the artist and Cherry and Martin, Los Angeles
Ellen Berkenblit, Garden Forms and Colors, 2013. Oil, charcoal, and paint stick on linen; 56 × 45 in. (142.2 × 114.3 cm)
Courtesy of the artist and Anton Kern Gallery, New York
Jackie Saccoccio, Portrait, 2015. Oil and mica on linen; 57 × 45 × 1 ½ in. (144.8 × 114.3 × 3.8 cm). Courtesy of Eleven Rivington and Corbett vs. Dempsey
Image courtesy of Eleven Rivington
José Lerma, Mid Career Picasso, 2015. Acrylic on canvas; 50 × 40 in. (127 × 101.6 cm)
Courtesy of the artist and Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York
Kim Gordon, Dude War, 2008. Acrylic on linen; 55 ¼ x 39 ½ in. (140.3 × 100.3 cm)
Courtesy of the artist and Gallery 303, New York
A female doll with long dark hair wearing a floral kimono stands with her back to the viewer, her palm pressed against a white wall.
Laurie Simmons, The Love Doll/Duro Cape, 2014. Chromogenic development print; edition from 1 artist’s proof; unframed: 20 × 16 in. (50.8 × 40.6 cm); framed: 20 × 26 × 1 ¾ in. (50.8 × 66 × 4.4 cm)
Courtesy of the artist and Salon 94, New York
Mark Manders, Unfired Clay Head on Wooden Floor, 2015. Painted bronze, wood, and glass; edition 2 of 3; 13 ¾ x 25 1/16 × 34 ¼ in. (35 × 65.6 × 87 cm)
Photo: Keizo Kioku, Courtesy of Zeno X Gallery, Antwerp, and Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York
Rashid Johnson, Cosmic Slop “Root”, 2015. Black soap and wax; 48 × 36 × 2 ½ in. (121.9 × 91.4 × 6.4 cm). Courtesy of the artist, David Kordansky Galley, Los Angeles, and Hauser & Wirth, London
Photo: Martin Parsekian
A multimedia collage of patterns, line drawings, a broad patches of color
Sanford Biggers, Kuchi, 2014. Fabric, acrylic, spray enamel, and adhesive on paper; 36 × 36 in. (91.4 × 91.4 cm). Courtesy of the artist and Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago
Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago
Hugh Scott-Douglas, Untitled, 2015. Dye sublimation on linen; 80 × 40 in. (203.2 × 101.6 cm)
Courtesy of the artist and Jessica Silverman Gallery
Sterling Ruby, Alabaster SR11-38, 2011. Acrylic; 70 × 70 in. (177.8 × 177.8 cm). Courtesy of the artist
Photo: Robert Wedemeyer, courtesy of Sterling Ruby Studio
Theaster Gates, Dark Cloud with Dusty Lining, 2014. Tar, roofing paper, and wood; 24 ¼ x 24 ¼ x 5 in. (61.6 × 61.6 × 12.7 cm). Courtesy of the artist
Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago


Since its inception, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago has provided a fertile atmosphere for vanguard ideas and bold concepts. In 1968, just one year after its founding, a savvy group of MCA volunteers inaugurated a new type of event to raise funds for the museum: an art auction. That first auction was so successful that the phenomenon grew into a highly anticipated MCA tradition. As we look forward to the 17th iteration, we note with pride that it has earned an outstanding reputation in the art world, serving as a model of support for today’s premier museums.

In the five years since our last auction, Pritzker Director Madeleine Grynsztejn and James W. Alsdorf Chief Curator Michael Darling have secured artworks from the forefront of contemporary art for this event. The artists represented have been featured in MCA exhibitions and programs, and they are invaluable partners with this institution. Unlike the works in a typical museum exhibition, however, the works assembled here go on sale for one night only—October 23!

VIP Preview: Wed, Oct 21, 6–9 pm (by invitation only)

Members' Preview: Thu, Oct 22, 6–8 pm (active membership card and RSVP required)


Saâdane Afif
Nick Albertson
Edgar Arceneaux
Silvia Bächli
Roger Ballen
Sadie Benning
Ellen Berkenblit
Sanford Biggers
Katinka Bock
Erica Bohm
Phyllis Bramson
Brian Bress
Robert Burnier
Gillian Carnegie
Lilli Carré
Valentin Carron
Nick Cave
Anne Collier
Bethany Collins
Martin Creed
Aaron Curry
Keren Cytter
Alexandre da Cunha
Enrico David
Eugenio Dittborn
Olafur Eliasson
Kenneth Fandell
Tony Feher
Amy Feldman
Charles Gaines
Theaster Gates
Kendell Geers
Isa Genzken
Kim Gordon
Karl Haendel
Mark Handforth
Robert Heinecken
Camille Henrot
Leslie Hewitt
Satoru Hoshino
Sheree Hovsepian
Cody Hudson
Alfredo Jaar
Rashid Johnson
Jordan Kantor
Barbara Kasten
Gabriel Kuri
Jessica Labatte
Rachel Lachowicz
Louise Lawler
Guillaume Leblon
Judy Ledgerwood
José Lerma
Dean Levin
Tony Lewis
Sharon Lockhart
Jorge Macchi
Tala Madani
Mark Manders
Kerry James Marshall
Kris Martin
Rodney McMillian
Florian Meisenberg
Vik Muniz
Takashi Murakami
LeRoy Neiman
Jeroen Nelemans
Evan Nesbit
William J. O'Brien
Damián Ortega
Marlo Pascual
Joyce Pensato
Amalia Pica
Howardena Pindell
William Pope.L
Jennifer Reeder
Scott Reeder
Karen Reimer
Pipilotti Rist
Carlos Rolón/Dzine
Erika Rothenberg
Sterling Ruby
Thomas Ruff
Jackie Saccoccio
Doris Salcedo
Tomás Saraceno
Matt Saunders
Collier Schorr
Hugh Scott-Douglas
Gedi Sibony
Paul Sietsema
Hollis Sigler
Laurie Simmons
Xaviera Simmons
Lorna Simpson
Alec Soth
Simon Starling
Michelle Stuart
Ryan Sullivan
Ricky Swallow
Sarah Sze
Tony Tasset
Francis Upritchard
Jordine Voight
Clemens von Wedemeyer
Franz Erhard Walther
Chris Ware
James Welling
Eric Wesley
Jonas Wood
Brenna Youngblood
Akram Zaatari
Andrea Zittel
Molly Zuckerman-Hartung



The Benefit Art Auction is generously sponsored by Sotheby’s.

Special thanks to our Auction framers for their support