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Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago announces Skyscraper. Art and Architecture Against Gravity

The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago presents Skyscraper. Art and Architecture Against Gravity, an exhibition on view Jun 30–Sep 23, 2012

Michael Wolf Transparent City #6, 2007 Chromogenic print 62 x 48 in. (157.5 x 121.9 cm) Edition of 9, plus 2 APs Courtesy of the artist and Robert Koch Gallery, San Francisco

Skyscraper: Art and Architecture Against Gravity examines contemporary artwork that takes as its subject the form, technology, myth, message, and image of that iconic building structure, the skyscraper. While the exhibition has particular relevance to Chicago, the city that is widely known as the birthplace of this architectural type, artists throughout the world—in addition to authors, filmmakers, poets, and of course architects—have been enthralled by the human desire to build farther and farther into the sky, testing technological limits while also embodying a yearning for spiritual connection to the heavens. Artists’ endeavors to explore this desire have taken many forms, from video and film to sculpture, painting, and photography.

Skyscraper brings together a wide-ranging group of artists from around the world and across the 20th and 21st centuries to explore this enduring fascination. The exhibition features the work of Fikret Atay, Jennifer Bolande, Roger Brown, Jeff Carter, Roe Ethridge, Jonathan Horowitz, Bodys Isek Kingelez, Jakob Kolding, Vera Lutter, Abelardo Morell, Eliza Myrie, Ahmet Öğüt, Claes Oldenburg, Gabriel Orozco, Enoc Perez, Monika Sosnowska, Thomas Struth, Jan Tichy, Andy Warhol, Peter Wegner, H. C. Westermann, Wesley Willis, Catherine Yass, and Shizuka Yokomizo, among others.

Skyscraper: Art and Architecture Against Gravity is curated by MCA James W. Alsdorf Chief Curator Michael Darling, and co-curated by MCA Marjorie Susman Curatorial Fellow Joanna Szupinska.

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