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Oct 26, 2019 - Jan 26, 2020

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Dara Birnbaum, PM Magazine, 1982. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, restricted gift of Joseph and Jory Shapiro, Mr. and Mrs. E.A. Bergman, and Mrs. Robert B. Mayer. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago
Dara Birnbaum, PM Magazine, 1982. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, restricted gift of Joseph and Jory Shapiro, Mr. and Mrs. E.A. Bergman, and Mrs. Robert B. Mayer
Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago
Dara Birnbaum, PM Magazine, 1982. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, restricted gift of Joseph and Jory Shapiro, Mr. and Mrs. E.A. Bergman, and Mrs. Robert B. Mayer. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago
Dara Birnbaum, PM Magazine, 1982. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, restricted gift of Joseph and Jory Shapiro, Mr. and Mrs. E.A. Bergman, and Mrs. Robert B. Mayer. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago
Eugenio Dittborn, Dust Clouds, Airmail Painting No. 99, 1992. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of Mary and Earle Ludgin by exchange. © 1992 Eugenio Dittborn Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago
Eugenio Dittborn, Dust Clouds, Airmail Painting No. 99 (detail), 1992. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of Mary and Earle Ludgin by exchange. © 1992 Eugenio Dittborn Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago
Seven black-and-white illustrations hang on a white wall. While some depict what appears to be images of violence, others show mundane objects like a bed, cart, and raft.
Eugenio Dittborn, Dust Clouds, Airmail Painting No. 99 (detail), 1992. Paint, stitching, and photographic silkscreen on fabric. Seven sections, overall: 165 ½ × 275 ¾ in. (420 × 700 cm). Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of Mary and Earle Ludgin by exchange, 2014.16.a-n. © 1992 Eugenio Dittborn
Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago
Stan Douglas, Evening, 1994. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, restricted gift of Frances and Thomas Dittmer; and Bernice and Kenneth Newberger Fund. © Stan Douglas. Courtesy the artist and David Zwirner
Stan Douglas, Evening, 1994. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, restricted gift of Frances and Thomas Dittmer; and Bernice and Kenneth Newberger Fund. © Stan Douglas. Courtesy the artist and David Zwirner
Stan Douglas, Evening, 1994. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, restricted gift of Frances and Thomas Dittmer; and Bernice and Kenneth Newberger Fund. © Stan Douglas. Courtesy the artist and David Zwirner
Stan Douglas, Evening, 1994. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, restricted gift of Frances and Thomas Dittmer; and Bernice and Kenneth Newberger Fund. © Stan Douglas. Courtesy the artist and David Zwirner
Stan Douglas, Evening, 1994. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, restricted gift of Frances and Thomas Dittmer; and Bernice and Kenneth Newberger Fund. © Stan Douglas. Courtesy the artist and David Zwirner
Stan Douglas, Evening, 1994. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, restricted gift of Frances and Thomas Dittmer; and Bernice and Kenneth Newberger Fund. © Stan Douglas. Courtesy the artist and David Zwirner
Lorna Simpson, Necklines, 1989. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift from The Howard and Donna Stone Collection. © 1989 Lorna Simpson. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago
Jenny Holzer, For Chicago, 2007. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, commissioned through the generosity of the Edlis/Neeson Art Acquisition Fund. © 2018 Jenny Holzer, member Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago
Jenny Holzer, For Chicago, 2007. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, commissioned through the generosity of the Edlis/Neeson Art Acquisition Fund. © 2018 Jenny Holzer, member Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago
Jenny Holzer, For Chicago, 2007. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, commissioned through the generosity of the Edlis/Neeson Art Acquisition Fund. © 2018 Jenny Holzer, member Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago
Jenny Holzer, For Chicago, 2007. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, commissioned through the generosity of the Edlis/Neeson Art Acquisition Fund. © 2018 Jenny Holzer, member Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago
Jenny Holzer, For Chicago, 2007. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, commissioned through the generosity of the Edlis/Neeson Art Acquisition Fund. © 2018 Jenny Holzer, member Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago
Jenny Holzer, For Chicago, 2007. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, commissioned through the generosity of the Edlis/Neeson Art Acquisition Fund. © 2018 Jenny Holzer, member Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago
A square of warm, earthy scribbles of color is mounted on a background of gray similar smudges and scribbles.
Robert Rauschenberg, Untitled (from the portfolio Dante’s Inferno), 1964. Print on paper. 16 15/16 × 34 ½ in. (43 × 87.6 cm). Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of Mrs. Robert B. Mayer, 1991.60.31. © 1964 Robert Rauschenberg
Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago