Direct Message: Art, Language, and Power

  • Griffin Galleries of Contemporary Art
    Fourth Floor
    220 E Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60611


Our lives are shaped by language and communication. Direct Message: Art, Language, and Power looks at the ways artists since the 1960s have used words to challenge our ideas about all of the messages we read, write, hear, and speak daily. In this innovative exhibition, artists remix conventional modes of communication, challenging our standards of language and, by extension, their power.

Direct Message has four sections of works that redefine how we understand communication.


This exhibition is organized by former MCA Assistant Curator Grace Deveney, with MCA Curatorial Assistant Jack Schneider.


Lead support for Direct Message: Art, Language, and Power is provided by the Harris Family Foundation in memory of Bette and Neison Harris: Caryn and King Harris, Katherine Harris, Toni and Ron Paul, Pam Szokol, Linda and Bill Friend, and Stephanie and John Harris; and the Nancy Lauter McDougal and Alfred L. McDougal Exhibition Fund.

Major support is provided by Karyn and Bill Silverstein.

Generous support is provided by Vicki and Bill Hood.