Current Exhibitions

 Natalie Frank, <em>All Fur III</em>, from <em>Tales of the Brothers Grimm</em> (2011–14). Gouache and chalk pastel on paper, 30 x 22 inches. Private Collection.
Natalie Frank: Unbound
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 <em>AMENDS</em>. Nick Cave and Bob Faust, 2020. Phase I: Letters to the World Toward the Eradication of Racism. Photo by James Prinz, courtesy of Facility, Chicago.
AMENDS: Nick Cave and Bob Faust
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 Guanyu Xu, <em>Facing North, Looking West</em>, from the series <em>Temporarily Censored Home</em>, 2019. Archival pigment print, 56 x 70 in. Courtesy of the artist, Yancey Richardson Gallery, and Gaotai Gallery.
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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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