It’s never a bad idea to add a little culture to your weekend and Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art (220 East Chicago Ave., Chicago IL) is the perfect way to start or to revisit the renaissance that you have been missing.
Here are three of the MCA’s current exhibitions that are absolute must-sees.
Destroy The Picture: Painting The Voice 1949-1962
On view through June 2, 2013
This exhibit focuses on one of the most significant developments in contemporary abstract work… the artist’s attack on the picture plane. As an artistic show of protest to the destruction around them after World War II, a variety of artists from war-torn countries like Italy and Japan such as Lucio Fontana, Alberto Burri, Kazuo Shiraga, and Shozo Shimamoto ripped, burned and attached objects to the canvas. They literally turned the ruins around them into artwork. Painting The Void emphasizes the international art that was formed in the context of devastation global change. Other featured artists include Yves Klein and Niki de Saint Phalle (France), John Latham (England), Robert Rauschenberg (United States) and Manolo Millares (Spain). The exhibit offers the chance to think about the repercussions of this approach in painting from early experimentation to the materiality of gesture and the use of two or three dimensions. The most interesting feature is that it takes renowned artists back to the place where they got their first big break. The exhbit opened last month and runs until June 2, 2013.
Goshka Macuga: Exhibit, A
On view through April 7, 2013
This exhibit is the first by Polish-born artist, Goshka Macuga. Macuga’s work collates two ideas that have helped to define contemporary art over the last 10 years, namely the increasing focus on research and the growing interest in the strategies of display. Macuga is best known for her collaborations and how she often uses the work of other artists, both living and dead. In her more recent work, she has used post-Soviet Poland and the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq as her primary choices of setting. In the MCA’s Exhibit, A, Macuga focuses on using collage.
Color Bind: The MCA Collection In Black And White
On view through April 28
This exhibit investigates the MCA’s rich collection through the use of monochrome and black and white. Many of the artists included in the exhibit like Robert Ryman and Ad Reinhart reduce their palette or produce work of one color in other to examine and emphasize the most basic formal aspects of art such as drawing a line, using color, and changing technique.
The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago is open on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Suggested admission is $12 and $7 for seniors and students. More information is available at mcachicago.org