Museum of Contemporary Art


03 Nov 2018 - 09 Jun 2019

Jimmy DeSana, Cowboy Boots, 1984. Vintage cibachrome; framed: 26 1/8 × 19 11/16 in. (66.4 × 50 cm). Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of Marshall Field’s by exchange, 2017.25. Courtesy of the Jimmy DeSana Trust and Salon 94, New York.
Rashid Johnson, Multiple Consciousness, 2010. Gelatin silver print; sight: 39 1⁄4 × 31 1⁄4 in. (99.7 × 79.4 cm); framed: 43 3/8 × 35 3/8 in. (110.2 × 89.9 cm). Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of Carlo Bronzini Vender, 2014.41. © 2010 Rashid Johnson. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.
3 November 2018 – 9 June 2019

Groundings explores movement—both seen and unseen—through a series of residencies with artists who work in dance, music, and performance art. Using durational processes, the artists inhabit and shape the gallery space alongside works from the MCA's collection. The exhibition considers the reciprocal influence between bodies in motion and the invisible forces that govern movement, such as gravity, time, and electricity. Featured collection works consider movement and its relationship to identity, place, and action. Over the run of Groundings, the performers hold open rehearsals in which they create performances and physical objects that speak to the themes of the exhibition.


Katinka Bock (German, b. 1976)
Blythe Bohnen (American, b. 1940)
George Brecht (American, b. 1925)
John Cage (American, 1912-1992)
Martin Soto Climent (Mexican, b. 1977)
Julia Dault (Canadian, b. 1977)
Jimmy DeSana (American, b. 1949)
Jonas Dovydenas (American, b. 1939)
Adam Ekberg (American, b. 1975)
Whit Forrester (American, b. 1983)
Felix Gonzalez-Torres (American, b. Cuba, 1957-1996)
Rashid Johnson (American, b. 1977)
Isaac Julien (British, b. 1960)
Annette Kelm (German, b. 1975)
Paul Mpagi Sepuya (American, b. 1982)
Jack Pierson (American, b. 1960)
Stan Shellabarger (American, b. 1968)
Nancy Spero (American, 1926-2009)
Dannielle Tegeder (American, b. 1971)
Carrie Mae Weems (American, b. 1953)
James Welling (American, b. 1951)

This exhibition is organized by Grace Deveney, Assistant Curator, and Tara Aisha Willis, Associate Curator of Performance. It is presented in the Turner Galleries on the museum's fourth floor.

Tags: Katinka Bock, Blythe Bohnen, George Brecht, John Cage, Martin Soto Climent, Julia Dault, Jimmy DeSana, Grace Deveney, Jonas Dovydenas, Adam Ekberg, Whit Forrester, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Rashid Johnson, Isaac Julien, Annette Kelm, Jack Pierson, Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Stan Shellabarger, Nancy Spero, Dannielle Tegeder, Carrie Mae Weems, James Welling, Tara Aisha Willis