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MMoCA Collection

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Roger Brown
Chair de Triomphe, Oil on clothes iron and wooden chair
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Chicago Imagists

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.

Upcoming Exhibitions

Wisconsin Triennial
: 2019
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Jeffrey Gibson (Mississippi Band Choctaw/Cherokee), Like A Hammer, 2014. Elk hide, glass beads, artificial sinew, wool blanket, metal studs, steel, found pinewood block, and fur; 56 × 24 × 11 in. Collection of Tracy Richelle High and Roman Johnson, courtesy of Marc Straus Gallery, New York. Image courtesy of Jeffrey Gibson Studio and Roberts Projects, Los Angeles, California. Photograph by Peter Mauney.0
Jeffrey Gibson
: Like a Hammer
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Tyanna Buie, The Front Porch, 2017. Screenprint, hand-applied ink, and Caran d'Ache monotype on paper, 96 x 84 inches. Image courtesy the Artist and The Alice Wilds Gallery, Milwaukee.0
Tyanna Buie
: After Image
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Past Exhibitions

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