Off the Walls

The MCA presents Groundings, an exhibition celebrating performance and live movement.

By Elise Hofer Shaw

December 28, 2018 4:54 PM

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The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago presents Groundings, a unique exhibition that brings together performance and live movement in the galleries of an exhibition. MCA Assistant Curator of exhibitions Grace Deveney and MCA Associate Curator of Performance Tara Aisha Willis jointly curate the Groundings exhibition, showing how movement is integral to the artistic process. Featuring artists such as George Brecht, John Cage, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Rashid Johnson, Carrie Mae Weems, and James Welling, Groundings presents works from the MCA Collection that explore forces in motion—both seen and unseen—from history and politics, to natural and supernatural phenomena.

A series of six residencies with artists who work in dance, music and performance art hold open rehearsals in the gallery space during select museum hours. The performers create movement-based works and physical objects that document their different practices, allowing viewers to connect with the remnants of the residencies in the gallery. Groundings is on view through May 12, 2019, with rehearsals and performances in the galleries from January 15 to April 5, 2019.

Production Mode’s 2017 performance: MOVE/REPEAT
Annette Kelm, Untitled, 2012. Annette Kelm Collection MCA Chicago