Media

Surrealism: The Conjured Life

Nov 21, 2015–Jun 5, 2016

Images

Matta, Let’s Phosphoresce by Intellection #1, 1950. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of Mr. and Mrs. E. A. Bergman
Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago
René Magritte, Les merveilles de la nature (The Wonders of Nature), 1953. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of Joseph and Jory Shapiro. © 2015 C. Herscovici/Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York
Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago
Willie Cole, Heal and Rest, 1992. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of Lannan Foundation
Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago
Forrest Bess, Wheatfield, c. 1951. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of Mary and Earle Ludgin Collection
Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago
Forrest Bess, Untitled, date unknown. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of Mary and Earle Ludgin Collection
Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago
Enrico Baj, Punching General, 1969. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of Joseph and Jory Shapiro
Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago
Lee Bontecou, Untitled, 1990–2000. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of Helen and Sam Zell
Photo: Michal Raz-Russo, © MCA Chicago
Christina Ramberg, Muscular Alternative, 1979. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, bequest of Sandra Jorgensen
Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago
Forrest Bess, Seascape with Moon, 1947. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of Mary and Earle Ludgin Collection
Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago
Buzz Spector, Mallarme, 1987–88. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, restricted gift of LaSalle Bank
Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago
Forrest Bess, Homage to Ryder, 1951. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of Mary and Earle Ludgin Collection
Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago
Paul Delvaux, Penelope, 1945. Collection of Museum Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of Joseph and Jory Shapiro. © 2015 Foundation Paul Delvaux, Sint-Idesbald – ARS/SABAM Belgium
Photo © MCA Chicago
Forrest Bess, Seascape with Sun, 1947. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of Mary and Earle Ludgin Collection
Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago
Forrest Bess, Untitled, c. 1950. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of Mary and Earle Ludgin Collection
Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago
Jim Nutt, Summer Salt, 1970. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of Dennis Adrian in honor of Claire B. Zeisler
Photo © MCA Chicago
Matta, Conference, 1957. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of Joseph and Jory Shapiro
Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago
Ed Paschke, Sunburn, 1970. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of Muriel and Albert Newman in honor of Dennis Adrian
Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago
Forrest Bess, Untitled, date unknown. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of Mary and Earle Ludgin Collection. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago
A surreal painting shows a purple human head attached to a yellow hive-like structure.
Ken Warneke, The Tyranny of Everyday Life, 1990. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of Mr. and Mrs. M. A. Lipschultz, Mr. and Mrs. E. A. Bergman, Nathan Cummings, Grace and Edwin Hokin, and Mr. and Mrs. Richard L. Feigen by exchange
Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago
Enrico Baj, Le General Mechant et Decore (Angry General with Decorations), 1961. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of Joseph and Jory Shapiro
Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago
Marco Raya, Night Nurse, 1993/96. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, restricted gift of Roy and Mary Cullen
Photo: James Isberner, © MCA Chicago
Tom Czarnopys, Untitled, 1984. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, restricted gift of MCA Collectors Group and Illinois Arts Council Purchase Grant
Photo © MCA Chicago
Wangechi Mutu, That’s My Death Mask You’re Wearing, 2004. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of Sara Szold
Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago
Installation view, Surrealism: The Conjured Life, MCA Chicago, Nov 21, 2015–Jun 5, 2016. Work shown: Enrico Baj, Punching General, 1969. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of Joseph and Jory Shapiro. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago
Installation view, Surrealism: The Conjured Life, MCA Chicago, Nov 21, 2015–Jun 5, 2016. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago
Installation view, Surrealism: The Conjured Life, MCA Chicago, Nov 21, 2015–Jun 5, 2016. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago
Installation view, Surrealism: The Conjured Life, MCA Chicago, Nov 21, 2015–Jun 5, 2016. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago
Installation view, Surrealism: The Conjured Life, MCA Chicago, Nov 21, 2015–Jun 5, 2016. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago
Installation view, Surrealism: The Conjured Life, MCA Chicago, Nov 21, 2015–Jun 5, 2016. Work shown: H. C. Westermann, The Rascette, 1961. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of anonymous donor. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago
Installation view, Surrealism: The Conjured Life, MCA Chicago, Nov 21, 2015–Jun 5, 2016. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago
Installation view, Surrealism: The Conjured Life, MCA Chicago, Nov 21, 2015–Jun 5, 2016. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago
Installation view, Surrealism: The Conjured Life, MCA Chicago, Nov 21, 2015–Jun 5, 2016. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago
Installation view, Surrealism: The Conjured Life, MCA Chicago, Nov 21, 2015–Jun 5, 2016. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago
Installation view, Surrealism: The Conjured Life, MCA Chicago, Nov 21, 2015–Jun 5, 2016. Work shown: Lee Bontecou, Untitled, 1990–2000. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of Helen and Sam Zell. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago
Installation view, Surrealism: The Conjured Life, MCA Chicago, Nov 21, 2015–Jun 5, 2016. Work shown: Antonia Contro, iO, 2013. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago
Installation view, Surrealism: The Conjured Life, MCA Chicago, Nov 21, 2015–Jun 5, 2016. Work shown: Harry Bertoia, Landscape Fantasy, date unknown. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of Ruth Horwich. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago
Installation view, Surrealism: The Conjured Life, MCA Chicago, Nov 21, 2015–Jun 5, 2016. Work shown: René Magritte, Les merveilles de la nature (The Wonders of Nature), 1953. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of Joseph and Jory Shapiro. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago
Installation view, Surrealism: The Conjured Life, MCA Chicago, Nov 21, 2015–Jun 5, 2016. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago
Installation view, Surrealism: The Conjured Life, MCA Chicago, Nov 21, 2015–Jun 5, 2016. Work shown: Henry Darger, Untitled (At Jennie Richee—Mabel introduces her blengin sisters (three of them) to the little Vivians one p.m./At Jennie Richee 12:35 p.m. storm breaks loose (Vivian girls) seeking shelter with blengin friends, date unknown. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of Nathan Lerner. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago
Installation view, Surrealism: The Conjured Life, MCA Chicago, Nov 21, 2015–Jun 5, 2016. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago
Installation view, Surrealism: The Conjured Life, MCA Chicago, Nov 21, 2015–Jun 5, 2016. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago
Installation view, Surrealism: The Conjured Life, MCA Chicago, Nov 21, 2015–Jun 5, 2016. Work shown: Don Baum, The Babies of della Robbia, 1965. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of Joseph and Jory Shapiro. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago
Installation view, Surrealism: The Conjured Life, MCA Chicago, Nov 21, 2015–Jun 5, 2016. Work shown: Gladys Nilsson, Giant Byrd, 1971. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of Herbert Gibbs. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago
Installation view, Surrealism: The Conjured Life, MCA Chicago, Nov 21, 2015–Jun 5, 2016. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago
Installation view, Surrealism: The Conjured Life, MCA Chicago, Nov 21, 2015–Jun 5, 2016. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago
Installation view, Surrealism: The Conjured Life, MCA Chicago, Nov 21, 2015–Jun 5, 2016. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago
A surreal painting shows a purple human head attached to a yellow hive-like structure.
Installation view, Surrealism: The Conjured Life, MCA Chicago, Nov 21, 2015–Jun 5, 2016. Work shown: Ken Warneke, The Tyranny of Everyday Life, 1990. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of Mr. and Mrs. M. A. Lipschultz, Mr. and Mrs. E. A. Bergman, Nathan Cummings, Grace and Edwin Hokin, and Mr. and Mrs. Richard L. Feigen by exchange. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago
Installation view, Surrealism: The Conjured Life, MCA Chicago, Nov 21, 2015–Jun 5, 2016. Work shown: Matta, Conference, 1957. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of Joseph and Jory Shapiro. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago
Installation view, Surrealism: The Conjured Life, MCA Chicago, Nov 21, 2015–Jun 5, 2016. Work shown: Max Ernst, Red Owl, 1952. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of Joseph and Jory Shapiro. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago
Installation view, Surrealism: The Conjured Life, MCA Chicago, Nov 21, 2015–Jun 5, 2016. Work shown: Marcos Raya, Excerpt from Night Nurse, 1993/96. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, restricted gift of Roy and Mary Cullen. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago
Installation view, Surrealism: The Conjured Life, MCA Chicago, Nov 21, 2015–Jun 5, 2016. Work shown: William Baziotes, Cat, 1950. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of Joseph and Jory Shapiro. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago
Installation view, Surrealism: The Conjured Life, MCA Chicago, Nov 21, 2015–Jun 5, 2016. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago
Installation view, Surrealism: The Conjured Life, MCA Chicago, Nov 21, 2015–Jun 5, 2016. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago
Installation view, Surrealism: The Conjured Life, MCA Chicago, Nov 21, 2015–Jun 5, 2016. Work shown: Yves Tanguy, Untitled (The Fluidity of Time), 1930. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of Joseph and Jory Shapiro. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago
Installation view, Surrealism: The Conjured Life, MCA Chicago, Nov 21, 2015–Jun 5, 2016. Work shown: Victor Brauner, L'Objet qui reve II (The Object that Dreams II), 1938. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of Joseph and Jory Shapiro. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago