PRISONER OF LOVE / Jan 26–Oct 27, 2019

https://mcachicago.org/Exhibitions/2019/Prisoner-Of-Love

Deana LawsonSons of Cush, 2016. Ink-jet print mounted on Sintra; framed: 44 × 55 ¼ in. Courtesy of the artist and Rhona Hoffman Gallery.


 

Love Is The Message, The Message Is Death, by acclaimed artist and filmmaker Arthur Jafa, is a multilayered seven-minute montage of the black experience in America. The video tells a story of trauma and transcendence in a flurry of footage—from historic speeches by Martin Luther King Jr. and Barack Obama, to clips of cultural icons Beyoncé and Notorious B.I.G., to flashes of concerts, home movies, news footage, music videos, and sports matches—all set to the soaring gospel tones of Kanye West’s Ultralight Beam. Centered around this filmic journey, the exhibition features a rotating body of work from the MCA’s collection that complements Jafa’s video and captures some of the same intense emotions about life in America today. Powerful, moving works by artists such as Deana LawsonGlenn LigonKerry James Marshall, Marilyn Minter, Robert Mapplethorpe, and Carrie Mae Weems alternate throughout the run of the show, alongside the mainstay of Bruce Nauman’s iconic Life, Death, Hate, Pleasure, Pain.

The exhibition is curated by Naomi Beckwith, Manilow Senior Curator. It is presented in the Sylvia Neil and Daniel Fischel Galleries on the museum’s second floor.

Previous Road to the Unconscious / Jan 11–Febr 22, 2019
Next Jaume Plensa. Invisibles / 16 Nov 2018 – 3 March 2019 / Palacio de Cristal

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