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Copyright © Gordon Parks Foundation
Copyright © Gordon Parks Foundation
Invisible Man: Gordon Parks and Ralph Ellison In Harlem
CHICAGO, UNITED STATES  •  Art Institute of Chicago  •  21 May - 28 August 2016

The exhibition provides an in-depth look at two understudied collaborations, executed in 1948 and 1952, that aimed to bring to national consciousness the black experience in postwar America, with Harlem as its nerve center. Gordon Parks (1912-2006), a renowned photographer and filmmaker best known for his photo-essays for Life magazine, and Ralph Ellison (1913-1994), author of one of the most acclaimed novels of the 20th century, Invisible Man (1952), are both major figures in American Art and literature. The two friends, united by a shared vision of racial injustices and a belief in the communicative power of photography, sought to counter stereotypical representations of African American life that filled mainstream publications in their day.

Parks and Ellison first joined forces on the 1948 illustrated essay "Harlem Is Nowhere" for '48: The Magazine of the Year, which focused on Harlem's Lafargue Mental Hygiene Clinic as a means of highlighting the social and economic effects of racism and segregation. In 1952, shortly after the publication of Ellison's Invisible Man, they worked on a story for Life, "A Man Becomes Invisible," to introduce Ellison's novel. Through these projects, Parks and Ellison offered an alternative, meaningful representation of African American life in the hopes of reshaping attitudes about the root causes of racial inequality.

Invisible Man: Gordon Parks and Ralph Ellison In Harlem
features over 50 never-before-seen objects, including photographs, contact sheets, and manuscripts.

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<DIV class=attachment_image_caption><SPAN class="attachment_image full_caption"><SPAN class=title>Kerry James Marshall: <EM>Untitled (Painter)</EM>, 2009Acrylic on PVC; 44 5/8 x 43 1/8 x 3 7/8 in. (113.4 x 109.5 x 9.8 cm).Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of Katherine S. Schamberg by exchange, 2009.15© 2009 Kerry James Marshall</SPAN> <SPAN class=photo_credit>Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago</SPAN></SPAN></DIV>
Kerry James Marshall: Untitled (Painter), 2009
Acrylic on PVC; 44 5/8 x 43 1/8 x 3 7/8 in. (113.4 x 109.5 x 9.8 cm).
Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of Katherine S. Schamberg by exchange, 2009.15
© 2009 Kerry James Marshall

Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago
Kerry James Marshall: Mastry
CHICAGO, UNITED STATES  •  Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago  •  23 April - 25 September 2016

The MCA is honored to present a major museum survey of Kerry James Marshall (b. 1955), one of America’s greatest living artists. The exhibition focuses primarily on Marshall’s paintings made over the last 35 years, from his seminal inaugural statement Portrait of the Artist as a Shadow of His Former Self (1980) to his most recent explorations of African American history.

Born before the passage of the Civil Rights Act, in Birmingham, Alabama, and witness to the Watts riots in 1965, Marshall has long been an inspired and imaginative chronicler of the African American experience. Best known for his large-scale paintings featuring black figures, defiant assertions of blackness in a medium in which African Americans have long been “invisible men,” Marshall’s interrogation of art history covers a broad temporal swath stretching from the Renaissance to 20th-century American abstraction. He critically examines the Western canon through its most canonical forms: the historical tableau, landscape, and portraiture. His work also touches upon vernacular forms such as the muralist tradition and the comic book, as seen in his comics-inspired Rythm Mastr drawings (2000–present), in order to address and correct the “vacuum in the image bank”—in other words, to make the invisible visible.

Marshall studied in Los Angeles with acclaimed social realist painter Charles White and participated in the residency program at the Studio Museum in Harlem. He has received solo exhibitions throughout Europe and North America and his work has been included in such prestigious international exhibitions as the 1997 Whitney Biennial, the 2003 Venice Biennial, the 2009 Gwangju Biennial, two Documentas (1997 and 2007), and the 1999 Carnegie International. His paintings are in private collections and foundations as well as major public collections including the MCA’s.

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Juan Muñoz: <EM>Thirteen Laughing at Each Other</EM>, 2001 Courtesy of Juan Muñoz Estate and Marian Goodman Gallery Photo by Cathy Carver.
Juan Muñoz: Thirteen Laughing at Each Other, 2001
Courtesy of Juan Muñoz Estate and Marian Goodman Gallery Photo by Cathy Carver.
Juan Muñoz: Thirteen Laughing at Each Other
CHICAGO, UNITED STATES  •  Art Institute of Chicago  •  1 April - 6 October 2016
A theatrical installation by Spanish sculptor Juan Muñoz (1953–2001) flips the experience of viewer and viewed. Many of Muñoz’s works unfold like stories in which the spectator is written into the drama. In the case of Thirteen Laughing at Each Other (2001), the viewer is thrust right into the center of the scene. By entering the installation space, one is surrounded by laughing figures seated on bleacher-like structures. From this vantage point, it quickly becomes clear that Muñoz is not merely granting the viewer unusual access to the artwork but also shifting the role of the observer to that of an unwitting subject, and potentially even an object of ridicule as the sculptural figures laugh hysterically—some toppling from their seats—at the spectacle in their midst. The work creates a tension and psychological depth that is at once unsettling and captivating. “I try to make the work engaging for the spectator,” said Muñoz. “And then unconsciously, but more interestingly, I try to make you aware that something is really wrong.”

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Unidentified artist, active in South America. <EM>Saint Francis Xavier</EM>, 18th centuryCarl and Marilynn Thoma Collection.
Unidentified artist, active in South America. Saint Francis Xavier, 18th century
Carl and Marilynn Thoma Collection.
Doctrine and Devotion: Art of the Religious Orders in the Spanish Andes
CHICAGO, UNITED STATES  •  Art Institute of Chicago  •  19 March - 25 June 2016
Presenting 13 paintings by South American artists from the 17th through 19th century, this focused exhibition introduces visitors to images promoted by several Catholic orders at work in the Spanish Andes—the Dominicans, Franciscans, Mercedarians, and Jesuits—examining the politics of the distinct iconographies each group developed as they vied for devotees and dominion.

Francisco Pizarro arrived in Peru with a mandate from Charles V to impose Spanish law and order, as well as the Roman Catholic religion, upon the indigenous Inca society that he encountered. The enormous task of converting the indigenous peoples of Spain’s overseas territories to Christianity fell largely to missionaries from several religious orders rather than parish clergy. For a native population that had no written language tradition, the missionaries relied heavily on works of art to illustrate their sermons and lessons and help them gain converts.

In the wake of the Protestant Reformation, the Catholic church embraced the use of images both as pedagogical tools and instruments of devotion, and the religious orders in South America relied on them in similar ways—as didactic materials employed in the teaching of new converts, and in later years as a means of spreading devotions specific to their own interests. While their ultimate goals were the same, each religious order promoted images specific to their own histories, identities, and goals. This exhibition explores examples of the iconographies that were particular to each group.

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