Blog: MCA DNA Index

Best of 2018: The Year in Review

By Abraham Ritchie

Featured images

Kerry James Marshall, 7am Sunday Morning, 2003. Acrylic on canvas banner; 120 × 216 in. (304.8 × 548.6 cm). Collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Joseph and Jory Shapiro Fund by exchange, 2003.16 © 2003 Kerry James Marshall. Photo: © MCA Chicago

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The time of the year-end list is here. These collections are frequently a symbol and reminder of not only the work done the past year, but also years prior. At the MCA, the end of 2018 also reminded us of the months—if not years—of effort that went into our many diverse offerings.

Notably, artist Kerry James Marshall and his major survey Mastry continued to make “best of” lists in 2018, despite the fact that the exhibition closed at LA MOCA in 2017. Powerful storytelling continued on the MCA Stage this year with Dorothée Munyaneza’s choreographic work Unwanted. “Some shows stay with you long after the curtain falls,” remarked critic Lauren Warnecke in her roundup of the “Best in Chicago dance in 2018” for the Chicago Tribune. The virtual reality–based artwork Transdimensional Serpent by Jon Rafman, on view this past year in I Was Raised on the Internet, represents the spirit of 2018 according to Metropolis Magazine’s “The Year in Exhibitions”.

Read below for more acknowledgements of artists featured at the MCA, notable exhibitions, and delicious dining experiences.

Each of us experiences art differently—what was your most memorable experience at the MCA this past year? Tweet it to us: @mcachicago


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Okwui Okpokwasili, Poor People’s TV Room. Photo: © Ian Douglas

Artists and Exhibitions Links

Dorothée Munyaneza/Kadidi, Unwanted
Chicago Tribune, “Best of Chicago Dance” List

Okwui Okpokwasili
MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship Recipient

Kerry James Marshall and Judy Chicago
Artsy, “The Most Influential Artists of 2018”

Enrico David: Gradations of Slow Release
Chicago Tribune, “Best Museum Exhibits 2018”

Kerry James Marshall, Mastry
Chicago Tribune, “Best in Visual Art”

Porpentine Charity Heartscape, The Shape You Make When You Want Your Bones to Be Close to the Surface
ARTnews, “The Year in Screens”


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MCA Building Exterior. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago

City Guides and Tourism Links


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Marinated zucchini with blackberry, thyme crème fraîche, and summer flowers. Photo: John Neil Burger
Speaking from the Void: A Conversation with Filmmaker Amelia Umuhire