Museum of Contemporary Art

The Shape Of The Future

19 Oct 2019 - 16 Aug 2020

Richard Misrach, Tennis Courts and Pyramids, Giza, Egypt, 1989/1995. Chromogenic dye coupler print. 40 1/8 × 49 7/8 in. (101.9 × 126.7 cm). Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Bernice and Kenneth Newberger Fund, 1996.37. © Richard Misrach, courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco
Photo: James Isberner, © MCA Chicago
19 October 2019 – 16 August 2020

Carol & Douglas Cohen Gallery
Fourth Floor, North Side

The Shape of the Future features works from the MCA permanent collection that reckon with the dubious dream of a universal design language. Coinciding with the 2019 Chicago Architecture Biennial, the exhibition explores global modernism as a framework for utopia and speculative world making, marked by traces of labor, political fantasy, and cultural turmoil. Highlighting the histories and ideologies embedded in the built environment, these artists reveal the complexity—and at times absurdity—of the modernist project as a collection of disasters and reveries.

The exhibition is organized by Nina Wexelblatt, Curatorial Assistant. It is presented in the Cohen and Stone Family Galleries on the museum’s fourth floor.