Shaping Chicago

Artists Chicago Future

Each exhibition at the MCA contributes to the shape of Chicago, and this change over time is what it means to be contemporary.

Each exhibition we have, each Chicago Works exhibition we have, each new artist that we show, gently, gently changes the shape—the shape of this thing called Chicago. And it changes that shape, and it’s meaningful. So, I think it goes on over time. I think we’re on a trajectory. It’s not the end. It’s what we’re doing, and what people want to see, and how they want to understand their society is pretty complex. So, it’s in the process, and I hope it’s always in the process, because I think that’s what it means to be contemporary. And that’s where we are and that’s where we’re going.

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