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The Long Dream
Through Jan 17, 2021
Griffin Galleries of Contemporary Art: Fourth Floor

Please reserve your admission ticket online prior to visiting.

Artists help us see our world more clearly. What aspects, which might have gone ignored in the past, can they help us see now?

Against the backdrop of a global pandemic and a renewed reckoning over racial justice and inequality, The Long Dream invites visitors to see the city of Chicago, the world, and themselves, through the eyes of more than 70 local artists whose work offers us ways to imagine a more equitable and interconnected world.

Named after the 1958 novel by socially committed author Richard Wright, The Long Dream brings together work by both emerging and established Chicago artists, and includes painting, performance, sculpture, video, and sound art. The exhibition extends beyond the gallery walls into the digital space, culminating in a live arts event in January where artists from across the exhibition will share their work.

The Long Dream is organized collectively by the Artistic Division, which includes the museum's curatorial, learning, and content teams. It is presented in the Griffin Galleries of Contemporary Art on the museum's fourth floor.
content warning

The artwork How much does this moment weigh for you? includes a bright, motion-activated light that may affect photosensitive visitors

artists in this exhibition
Alberto Aguilar (Mexican and American, b. 1974)
Madeleine Aguilar (Mexican and American, b. 1998)
Candida Alvarez (American, b. 1955)
Jeanette Andrews (American, b. 1990)
Selva Aparicio (Catalonian, b. 1987)
Lise Haller Baggesen (Danish, b. 1969)
Sarah Bastress (American, b. 1989)
Jonas N.T. Becker (American, b. 1982)
Dawoud Bey (American, b. 1953)
Nick Cave (American, b. 1959)
Mariano Chavez (American, b. 1974)
Diane Christiansen (American, b. 1958) and Jeanne Dunning (American, b. 1960) with Steve Dawson (American, b. 1965))
Jessica Christy (American, b. 1986)
Mike Cloud (American, b. 1974)
Bethany Collins (American, b. 1984)
Experimental Sound Studio (collective, established 1986)
Brendan Fernandes (Canadian, b. Kenya, 1979)
Julia Fish (American, b. 1950)
Joanna Furnans (American, b. 1980)
Max Guy (American, b. 1989)
Andres L. Hernandez (American, b. 1974)
Paul Heyer (American, b. 1982)
shawné michaelain holloway (American, b. 1991)
Jesse Howard (American, b. 1952)
Aaron Hughes (American, b. 1982)
Jeremiah Hulsebos-Spofford (American, b. 1983)
Manal Kara (Moroccan and American, b. 1986)
Jin Soo Kim (American, b. Korea, 1950)
Wesley Kimler (American, b. 1953)
Kirsten Leenaars (Dutch, b. 1976)
Riva Lehrer (American, b. 1958)
Tony Lewis (American, b. 1986)
Tonika Lewis Johnson (American, b. 1979)
Damon Locks (American, b. 1968)
Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle (American, b. Spain, 1961)
Derek McPhatter (American, b. 1979)
Miller & Shellabarger (American collective, established 1993)
Devin T. Mays (American, b. 1985)
Cae Monāe (American, b. 1993)
Corinne Mucha (American, b. 1983)
Floating Museum (American collective, established 2016) with Cecil McDonald Jr. (American, b. 1965)
Ryan Nault (American, b. 1991)
Jeroen Nelemans (Dutch, b. 1974)
Gladys Nilsson (American, b. 1940)
Jim Nutt (American, b. 1938)
William J. O'Brien (American, b. 1975)
OTV – Open Television (collective, established 2015)
Chris Pappan (Kanza/Osage, Lakota, b. 1971)
Kamau Amu Patton (American, b. 1972)
Nereida Patricia (American, b. 1996)
Ebony G. Patterson (Jamaican, b. 1980)
Claire Pentecost (American, b. 1956)
Jefferson Pinder (American, b. 1970)
Cheryl Pope (American, b. 1980)
William Pope.L (American, b. 1955)
Quarantine Times (American collective, established 2020)
Eduardo F. Rosario (Puerto Rican, b. 1988)
Jason Salavon (American, b. 1970)
Moises Salazar (American, b. 1996)
Farah Salem (Kuwaiti, b. 1991)
Darling “Shear” Squire
Andy Slater (American, b. 1975)
Edra Soto (Puerto Rican, b. 1971)
Leonard Suryajaya (Indonesian, b. 1988)
Selina Trepp (Swiss and American, b. 1973)
Jina Valentine (American, b. 1979)
Kevin Weil (American, b. 1990)
Rhonda Wheatley (American, b. 1972)
Amanda Williams (American, b. 1972)
Bernard Williams (American, b. 1964)
Sadie Woods (American, b. 1978)
Derrick Woods-Morrow (American, b. 1990)
SANTIAGO X (Koasati and Chamoru, b. 1982)
Guanyu Xu (Chinese, b. 1993)
Debra Yepa-Pappan (Jemez Pueblo and Korean, b. 1971)
Nate Young (American, b. 1981)
Kiki Jia Qi Zhen (Chinese, b. 1996)
Label Writing Project

Continuing The Long Dream’s exploration of equity, the Label Writing Project invites Chicago community members to author artwork labels in the gallery. Offering this powerful point of connection to people outside the museum provides insights into the role of art in our city and offers a unique opportunity for personal reflection to the visitor.

The Location of Lines
Aug 29, 2020–Feb 21, 2021
Carol & Douglas Cohen Gallery:Fourth Floor, North Side
Marion & Jerome H. Stone Gallery: Fourth Floor, North Sid

About the Exhibition
Lines are the first gesture in writing, drawing, and sculpture making them central to representation. While we often describe lines as definitive—“a line in the sand,” or “crossing the line”—artists in this exhibition play with these limits, revealing how they can change and move.

Taking the title from a Sol LeWitt artist’s book, The Location of Lines further examines the form of a line in the context of space and politics. Through a variety of representations in the prints, drawings, photographs, and videos that make up the exhibition, viewers are invited to reconsider the line and its meaning, both in imagination and in reality. These uses span from the abstract to the concrete: the line as a form, as a symbol, as a concept, and ultimately as a geographic border. Each artwork reveals how lines, limits, and borders are constructed and how they can change. After all, for those in power, lines can be erased just as easily as they are drawn.

The exhibition is organized by Line Ajan, Barjeel Global Fellow. It is presented in the Cohen Gallery and Stone Family Gallery on the fourth floor.

Francis Alÿs (Belgian, b. 1959)
Latifa Echakhch (Moroccan, b. 1974)
Mona Hatoum (British-Palestinian, b. Lebanon, 1952)
Alfredo Jaar (Chilean, b. 1956)
Emily Jacir (American, b. 1973)
Edward Krasiński (Polish, 1925–2004)
Sol LeWitt (American, 1928–2007)
Ana Mendieta (American, b. Cuba, 1948–1985)
Annette Messager (French, b. 1943)
Howardena Pindell (American, b. 1943)
Zarina (Indian, b. 1937)

Alien vs. Citizen
Through Feb 21, 2021
Sylvia Neil and Daniel Fischel Galleries, Second Floor, North Side

How do you know what you are worth?

Inspired by conversations about the visas awarded to "aliens of extraordinary ability" and other merit-based immigration policies, Alien vs. Citizen considers how an individual’s value is understood in relationship to community. The exhibition asks us to think about the way a person’s value is determined in the United States, through mechanisms including citizenship, work, and personal relationships. The artworks are organized around these three ways of estimating worth, inviting us to consider the cultural biases embedded in each.

The exhibition is organized by Interim Senior Curator January Parkos Arnall with Line Ajan, Barjeel Global Fellow. It is presented in the Sylvia Neil and Daniel Fischel Galleries on the museum's second floor.

Monica Bock (American, b. 1960)
Jennifer Bornstein (American, b. 1970)
Stephanie Brooks (American, b. 1970)
Mary E. Carlisle (American)
Enrique Chagoya (Mexican, b. 1953)
Larry Clark (American, b. 1943)
Dora García (Spanish, 1965)
Cathy Lynn Gasser (American)
Melissa Goldstein (American, b. 1961)
Ramiro Gomez (Mexican-American, b. 1986)
Doug Hall (American, b. 1944)
Gabriel Kuri (Mexican, b. 1970)
Claire Fontaine (French Collective)
Glenn Ligon (American, 1960)
Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle (American, b. Spain, 1961)
Kerry James Marshall (American, b. 1955)
Hương Ngô (American, b. Hong Kong, 1979)
Christina Quarles (American, b. 1985)
Robert Rauschenberg (American, 1925–2008)
Andres Serrano (American, b. 1950)
Sandrine Sheon (French, b. 1964)
Yinka Shonibare CBE (British, b. 1962)
Catherine Smith (American, b. 1950)
Nedko Solakov (Bulgarian, b. 1957)
Thomas Struth (German, b. 1954)
Hồng-Ân Trương (American, b. 1976)
Gillian Wearing (British, b. 1963)
Carrie Mae Weems (American, b. 1953)
Eric Wesley (American, b. 1973)

July 17–Nov 15, 2020
McCormick Tribune Gallery: Second Floor, North Side

.paint examines how the traditional art form of painting is being redefined with digital tools, opening up unprecedented new possibilities. By merging and maintaining the craft of painting with digital technologies including photoshop, mobile devices, and inkjet printing, these artists bridge the physical and digital worlds.

.paint is organized by James W. Alsdorf Chief Curator Michael Darling, with Harry C. H. Choi, Marjorie Susman Curatorial Fellow.

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