MCA Chicago

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1960s

1966

Bruce Nauman, Mold for a Modernized Slant Step,1966. Plaster; installed: 18 ¼ × 14 ½ × 13 3/8 in. (46.4 × 36.8 × 34 cm). Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Gerald S. Elliott Collection, 1995.70.a–b. © 2018 Bruce Nauman/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.
Bruce Nauman, Self-Portrait as a Fountain (from the portfolio Eleven Color Photographs), 1966–67/1970/2007. Ink-jet print exhibition copy (originally chromogenic development print); image: 19 7/8 × 23 ¾ in. (50.9 × 60.3 cm). Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Gerald S. Elliott Collection, 1994.11.k. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.

1967

Ed Ruscha, Mason Williams, and Patrick Blackwell, Royal Road Test, 1980. Offset printing; spiral bound with color card-stock. 3 copies: 9 9/16 × 6 ½ in (24.2 × 16.5 cm), 60 pp. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, National Endowment for the Arts Purchase Grant and gift of the MCA Men’s Council, 2012.94. © Ed Ruscha. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.

1968

A black-and-white photograph of two men shaking hands is mounted to a light-colored piece of wood.
Ed Ruscha and Billy Al Bengston, Business Cards, 1968. Offset on paper with business card and gold-backed paper stapled on final page; punched and tied with leather cord with silver gelatin print and photo corners adhered to wood-grained Bristol board; 7 1/16 × 5 9/16 in. (18 × 14 cm). Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of Robert L. Mollers, 2012.95. © Ed Ruscha and Billy Al Bengston. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.

1968

Billy Al Bengston and Ed Ruscha collaborate on Business Cards (1968), an artist book in the MCA’s collection.

1969

Ed Ruscha, Twentysix Gasoline Stations, 1969. Offset print on paper; perfect bound, softcover; 7 1/16 x 5 9/16 in. (18 x 14 cm). Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, National Endowment for the Arts Museum Purchase Grant and gift of the Men’s Council, 2012.84. © Ed Ruscha. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.

1969

Gladys Nilsson, Jim Nutt, and Karl Wirsum are included in the group exhibition Don Baum Says: "Chicago Needs Famous Artists" at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.

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1970s

1971

Jim Nutt, She Seams Up Set, 1971. Acrylic on paper; sheet: 7 ¾ × 7 in. (19.7 × 17.8 cm). Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of Gerald S. Elliott, 1989.1. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.
Roy De Forest, The Dual Life of a Horse Girl, 1971. Acrylic and varnish on canvas; 64 × 63 7/8 in. (162.6 × 162.2 cm). Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of Joseph and Jory Shapiro, 1992.59. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.

1971

Terry Allen has a solo exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.

1972

Gladys Nilsson, The Big Green Man, 1972. Acrylic on canvas; canvas: 84 7/8 × 72 7/8 in. (215.6 × 185.1 cm). Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of Dr. and Mrs. Peter W. Broido, 1985.29. Courtesy of the artist and Garth Greenan Gallery, New York. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.

1972

Gladys Nilsson, Jim Nutt, and Karl Wirsum are included in the group exhibition Chicago Imagist Art at MCA Chicago.

1974

Bruce Conner, 10/15/74, 1974. Ink on paper; sheet: 22 × 20 ¼ in. (55.9 × 51.4 cm). Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of Baxter Travenol Laboratories, Inc., Deerfield, IL, 1983.25. © 2018 Conner Family Trust, San Francisco/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.
Bruce Conner, 7/29/74, 1974. Ink on paper; sheet: 21 13/16 × 20 ¼ in. (55.4 × 51.4 cm). Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of Baxter Travenol Laboratories, Inc., Deerfield, IL, 1983.23. © 2018 Conner Family Trust, San Francisco/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.
Bruce Conner, 8/16/74, 1974. Ink on paper; sheet: 21 7/8 × 20 ¼ in. (55.6 × 51.4 cm). Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of Baxter Travenol Laboratories, Inc., Deerfield, IL, 1983.24. © 2018 Conner Family Trust, San Francisco/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.

1974

Jim Nutt has a solo exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.

1975

Barbara Kasten, Untitled 75/36 from the series Photogenic Painting, 1975. Cyanotype; 30 × 40 in. (76.2 × 101.6 cm). Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of Mary and Earle Ludgin by exchange, 2011.44. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.

1976

Senga Nengudi, R.S.V.P. Fall 1976 (detail), 1976/2017. Nylon mesh, sand, and pins; 41 × 19 ½ × 2 ½ in. (104.1 × 49.5 × 6.4 cm). Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of Irving Stenn, Bernard I. Lumpkin and Carmine D. Boccuzzi, and Jackson Tang in honor of Naomi Beckwith, 2017.17. © Senga Nengudi. Photo: Elisabeth Bernstein, courtesy of Lévy Gorvy Gallery, New York, and Thomas Erben Gallery, New York.
Senga Nengudi, R.S.V.P. Fall 1976 (detail), 1976/2017. Nylon mesh, sand, and pins; 41 × 19 ½ × 2 ½ in. (104.1 × 49.5 × 6.4 cm). Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of Irving Stenn, Bernard I. Lumpkin and Carmine D. Boccuzzi, and Jackson Tang in honor of Naomi Beckwith, 2017.17. © Senga Nengudi. Photo: Elisabeth Bernstein, courtesy of Lévy Gorvy Gallery, New York, and Thomas Erben Gallery, New York.
Senga Nengudi, R.S.V.P. Fall 1976, 1976/2017. Nylon mesh, sand, and pins; 41 × 19 ½ × 2 ½ in. (104.1 × 49.5 × 6.4 cm). Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of Irving Stenn, Bernard I. Lumpkin and Carmine D. Boccuzzi, and Jackson Tang in honor of Naomi Beckwith, 2017.17. © Senga Nengudi. Photo: Elisabeth Bernstein, courtesy of Lévy Gorvy Gallery, New York, and Thomas Erben Gallery, New York.

1978

Karl Wirsum, Icabod Cranes His Neck in Plumb Thumb Bumper Tag, 1978. Airbrushed acrylic on canvas; canvas: 35 × 25 7/8 × ¾ in. (91.4 × 65.7 × 1.9 cm). Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of The Robert A. Lewis Fund in honor of William and Polly Levey, 1982.9. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.

1979

William T. Wiley, Bad Balance, 1979. Acrylic, and ink and charcoal on canvas; 94 ½ × 130 ½ in. (240 × 331.5 cm). Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift from the Collection of Kay and Craig Tuber, 2012.15.a-b. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.

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1980s

1980

Ed Ruscha, Mason Williams, and Patrick Blackwell, Royal Road Test, 1980. Offset printing; spiral bound with color card-stock. 3 copies: 9 9/16 × 6 ½ in (24.2 × 16.5 cm), 60 pp. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, National Endowment for the Arts Purchase Grant and gift of the MCA Men’s Council, 2012.94. © Ed Ruscha. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.
Robert Cumming, Four Corrugated Boxes in One (from the portfolio Five Still Lifes), 1980. Internal dye diffusion transfer process print; 20 × 24 in. (50.8 × 61 cm). Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Myron J. Hokin, 1981.10.1. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.

1981

Terry Allen, Angel Whispers, 1981/82. Lithograph on paper, edition 7 of 30; 22 × 30 in. (55.9 × 76.2 cm). Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of Jeanne Marienthal-Weislow, 1986.47. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.
William Wegman, Airedale Sitting, 1981. Internal dye diffusion transfer process print; 24 × 20 in. (61 × 50.8 cm). Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of William J. Hokin, 1985.37. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.

1981

Karl Wirsum has a solo exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago titled Hare Toddy Kong Tamari: Selected Objects by Karl Wirsum.

1983

Judithe Hernández, El Encuentro/The Encounter, 1983. Pastel on paper; paper: 30 × 39 ¾ in. National Museum of Mexican Art Permanent Collection, gift of Judithe Hernández in memory of Mr. and Mrs. Peter C. Hernández, 2011.5. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.

1985

Allen Ruppersberg, The Impossible Girl, 1985. Wood; three parts, part a: 20 ¾ in. (52.7 cm) length; 9 ½ in. (24.1 cm) diameter; part b: 61 ½ in. (156.2 cm) length; 9 ½ in. (24.1 cm) diameter; part c: 24 ¼ in. (62.2 cm) length; 14 ½ in. (36.8 cm) diameter. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of Hudson, 1997.11.a–c. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.

1986

Ed Ruscha, Words Without Thoughts, 1986. Acrylic on canvas; 54 × 60 in. (137.2 × 152.4 cm). Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of Lannan Foundation, 1997.49. © Ed Ruscha. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.
Jim Isermann, Flower Painting, 1986. Enamel on wood; 48 × 48 × 2 in. (121.9 × 121.9 × 5.1 cm). Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of Hudson, 1997.5. © 1986 Jim Isermann. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.

1988

Stephen Prina, Exquisite Corpse: The Complete Paintings of Manet, No.   of 556, 1988–present. Ink wash on rag, barrier paper, and offset lithography on paper; overall dimensions variable. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of the William J. Hokin Family, 2014.14.a–b. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.

1989

Joe Goode, Cuquenan (Waterfall #4), 1989. Oil on board; 90 × 21 in. (228.6 × 50.8 cm). Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, restricted gift of Angela and Rudolf Rossmann, 1992.102. Photo © MCA Chicago.

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1990s

1991

Jim Shaw, Untitled (2 Figures in Teargas) from the aestheticized disaster series, 1991. Graphite on paper; 16 ¾ × 13 5/8 in. (42.5 × 34.6 cm). Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of Lannan Foundation, 1997.51.6. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.
Mike Kelley, Craft Morphology Flow Chart, 1991. Dolls and figures, gelatin silver prints, acrylic on paper, folding banquet tables, and folding card tables; overall dimensions variable. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of Lannan Foundation, 1997.41. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.

1992

Jim Shaw, Untitled (Bikini H-Bomb Test) from the aesheticized disaster series, 1992. Graphite on paper; 16 ¾ × 13 5/8 in. (42.5 × 34.6 cm). Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of Lannan Foundation, 1997.51.4. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.
Jim Shaw, Untitled (Tickertape Parade for Nixon & Eisenhower) from the aestheticized disaster series, 1992. Graphite on paper; 16 ¾ × 13 5/8 in. (42.5 × 34.6 cm). Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of Lannan Foundation, 1997.51.12. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.
Jim Shaw, Untitled (Woodstock Garbage Heap) from the aestheticized disaster series, 1992. Graphite on paper; 16 ¾ × 13 5/8 in. (42.5 × 34.6 cm). Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of Lannan Foundation, 1997.51.13. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.
Mary Kelly, Untitled, 1992. Graphite on paper; 42 × 34 in. (106.6 × 86.4 cm). Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, anonymous gift, 1997.113. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.

1995

Bruce Nauman has a solo exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago titled Bruce Nauman: Elliott's Stones.

1997

Jorge Pardo, Vince Robbins, 1997. Plastic, steel, lightbulb, and electric wire; overall dimensions variable; plastic shade: 20 in. diameter, 17 in. height. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, restricted gift of Carlos and Rosa de la Cruz, 1998.29. Photo: James Isberner, © MCA Chicago.

1998

Laura Owens, Untitled, 1998. Acrylic and oil on canvas; 168 × 132 in. (426.7 × 335.3 cm). Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, restricted gift of Andrea and Jim Gordon, 2000.4. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.

1999

Jim Nutt has a solo exhibition at MCA Chicago titled Jim Nutt: Portraits.

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2000s

2000

Catherine Opie, Ron Athey seated smoking, 2000. Color Polaroid; framed: 107 ¼ × 43 ½ in. (272.4 × 110.5 cm). Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of Gary Heiferman, Chip Tom and Michael W. Rabkin, C. Bradford Smith, and Donald L.Davis, in honor of the birth of Oliver Hill Opie; and gift in memory of John S. Baran, 2003.2. Photo: Michael David Rose, © MCA Chicago.

2002

Kori Newkirk, Suggett, 2002. Nickel-plated basketball hoops, pony beads, and synthetic hair; overall: 108 × 18 × 23 in. (274.3 × 45.7 × 58.4 cm). Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of Howard and Donna Stone, 2013.27. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.

2004

Catherine Opie, Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer (Lake Michigan), 2004–5. Chromogenic development prints; 4 prints, each: 49 ¼ × 39 ¼ in. (125.1 × 99.7 cm); framed: 51 × 41 × 2 in. (129.5 × 104.1 × 5.1 cm). Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Joseph and Jory Shapiro Fund by exchange, 2006.1.a–d. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.
Rebecca Morris, Untitled (#04-04), 2004. Oil and spray paint on canvas; 82 5/8 × 73 ½ × 2 5/8 in. (209.8 × 186.7 × 6.8 cm). Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of Burt Aaron in honor of Shane Campbell Gallery, 2005.3. © 2004 Rebecca Morris. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.

2006

Melanie Schiff, Spit Rainbow, 2006. Chromogenic development print; 29 × 39 ½ in. (73.7 × 100.3 cm). Collection Museum of Contemporary Art, restricted gift of Kay and Malcolm Kamin and Kay Torshen in honor of the MCA’s 40th Anniversary, 2007.34. © 2006 Melanie Schiff. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.

2009

Aaron Curry, Figure Drawing, 2009. Wood, spray paint, acrylic, colored pencil, paper, painter’s tape, and steel base; 122 × 38 × 39 in. (310 × 97 × 99 cm). Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of Helen and Sam Zell, 2013.1. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.

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2010s

2010

Sterling Ruby, SP104, 2010. Spray paint on canvas; 125 × 185 in. (317.5 × 469.9 cm). Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, restricted gift of the Simkins Family, 2011.7. Photo: Robert Wedemeyer, courtesy of Sterling Ruby Studio.

2011

Aaron Curry and Richard Hawkins, Trophy, brown, 2011. Acrylic on rubber mask with wire on board, and silkscreen on cardboard; installation: 144 × 132 × 3 in. (365.8 × 335.3 × 7.6 cm); collage: 37 × 26 ½ × 3 in. (94 × 67.3 × 7.6 cm). Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of Mrs. E.A. Bergman by exchange, 2012.3. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.

2011

Jim Nutt has a solo exhibition at MCA Chicago titled Jim Nutt: Coming Into Character. It is accompanied by Seeing Is a Kind of Thinking: A Jim Nutt Companion, which included works by Nutt, Aaron Curry, Mike Kelley, Bruce Nauman, Gladys Nilsson, and Karl Wirsum.

2012

Rodney McMillian, Carpet Painting (Bedroom and TV Room), 2012. Carpet and ink; 272 × 166.5 × .5 in. (691 × 423 × 1.3 cm); installed dimensions variable. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of the Albert A. Robin Estate by exchange, 2017.1. Courtesy of the artist and Maccarone, New York. Photo: Jeffrey Sturges.

2012

Aaron Curry and Sterling Ruby are included in the group exhibition Phantom Limb: Approaches to Painting Today at MCA Chicago.

2013

Sterling Ruby, Basin Theology/The Poacher 2, 2013. Fired ceramic and glaze; 32 × 36 × 41 in. (81.3 × 91.4 × 104.1 cm). Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, restricted gift of the Simkins Family, 2014.30. Photo: Robert Wedemeyer, courtesy of Sterling Ruby Studio.
Sterling Ruby, Basin Theology/The Poacher 2, 2013. Fired ceramic and glaze; 32 × 36 × 41 in. (81.3 × 91.4 × 104.1 cm). Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, restricted gift of the Simkins Family, 2014.30. Photo: Robert Wedemeyer, courtesy of Sterling Ruby Studio.

2015

Aaron Curry, Gladys Nilsson, and Jim Nutt are included in the group exhibition Surrealism: The Conjured Life at MCA Chicago.

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