Art

Current Exhibitions

Gladys Nilsson, Pearly Shade, 2005. Watercolor and gouache on paper, 40 1/2 x 60 inches. Collection of the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art. The Bill McClain Collection of Chicago Imagism. Gladys Nilsson, <em>Pearly Shade</em>, 2005. Watercolor and gouache on paper, 40 1/2 x 60 inches. The Bill McClain Collection of Chicago Imagism, Madison Museum of Contemporary Art.
 Santiago Cucullu, <em>The Wandering Rocks</em>, 2020. Digital inkjet print, and stoneware vessels, dimensions variable. Courtesy the artist, Galleria Umberto Di Marino and The Alice Wilds.
Santiago Cucullu: The Wandering Rocks
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Jenny Holzer: YOUVOTE 2020
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Upcoming Exhibitions

MMoCA Collection Highlights

Chicago Imagists

MMoCA has one of the premier institutional collections of Chicago Imagist works. The Imagists were a group of figurative artists who emerged in Chicago in the mid-1960s. They used vibrant color, bold lines, and depicted the human body grossly distorted and highly stylized. Their bizarre portrayals of the human form expanded on Chicago’s artistic tradition of the grotesque established by artists like Ivan Albright and Leon Golub. Although influenced by the encyclopedic collection of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Imagists were equally inspired by ethnographic collections at the Field Museum, self-taught artists, comic books, storefront window displays, and advertisements in magazines.

Past Exhibitions

Learn more about MMoCA’s previous exhibitions. A complete list of exhibitions since 1979 is available here.

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