Current Exhibitions

James Cagle, Aurora, 2019. Archival pigment print, 6 x 5 inches. Courtesy of the artist.0

Upcoming Exhibitions

Sebura&Gartelmann, Finger Sew (video still), 2019. Single-channel video with sound, 2:09 minutes. Courtesy of the Artists.0
Exhibition // Jun 06 – Sep 27
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.0
Exhibition // Jun 27 – Feb 21
Amy Cutler, Viragos, 2003. Gouache on paper, 19 ½ x 30 inches. Private Collection, New York. Image © Amy Cutler, courtesy Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects, New York.0
Exhibition // Dec 05 – Mar 07
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.