Tickets go on sale Wednesday, May 16, for powerful lineup of fall programs
The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago announces the Fall 2018 lineup of public programs and performances, featuring bold, provocative programming by local, national, and global artists addressing relevant social issues in spaces across the museum campus, ranging from the theater and galleries to the MCA’s new engagement space, the Commons.
Highlights of the season include Prime Time: #FutureSelf – which expands on the museum-wide after-hours series with a concert by Japanese Breakfast and interactive projects designed to explore notions of the future; along with Relations, the first-ever collaboration of legendary choreographers and pioneers of black experimental dance, Ishmael Houston-Jones, Ralph Lemon, and Bebe Miller.
Prime Time: #FutureSelf
September 15, 7-11 pm, ages 21+
Prime Time – the MCA’s after-hours series that taps into the creative pulse of Chicago with an eclectic mix of live music, performance art, film screenings, and interactive programs – returns this fall with #FutureSelf, featuring concerts by Japanese Breakfast and Ought. Visitors can experience the museum as a lively and immersive backdrop for a diverse array of art encounters staged by Chicago artists and key cultural groups in the city. This 21+ event takes place during the last few weeks of the immersive, tech-focused exhibition I Was Raised On the Internet and offers a kaleidoscope of opportunities to engage with and dream of the future.
Dorothée Munyaneza: Unwanted
Rwandan performance artist Dorothée Munyaneza traveled to her homeland to create this testimonial about female strength, drawing from stories told to her by women who are survivors of the genocide of the Tutsis. In Unwanted, Munyaneza performs original choreography in collaboration with the American punk rocker Holland Andrews, a.k.a. Like a Villain; French electronic composer Alain Mahé, who mixes from the house; and South African visual artist Bruce Clarke, a recognized figure in the anti-apartheid movement who provides the central totemic artwork.
The Lit & Luz Festival’s “Live Magazine Show”
October 20, 6 pm
The Lit & Luz Festival of Language, Literature, and Art is an annual series of readings, conversations, artist talks, and performances created to foster cultural exchange between the United States and Mexico. The MCA presents the festival’s signature program, the “Live Magazine Show” that showcases brand new works made in collaboration with contemporary writers, visual artists, and musicians from Chicago and Mexico City. These works explore the relationship between their respective languages, art forms, and cultures. The festival is presented in both Spanish and English in Chicago this fall, followed by a presentation in Mexico City this winter.
Ishmael Houston-Jones, Ralph Lemon, and Bebe Miller: Relations
Longtime friends and legendary influencers of black experimental dance, with over ten Bessie Awards between them, Ralph Lemon, Bebe Miller, and Ishmael Houston-Jones come together for their first time ever as a trio in an improvised performance that pays homage to their past selves, gestures to the future of dance they have inspired in others, and testifies to their present-tense artistry. Houston-Jones, Lemon, and Miller have influenced each other from afar for decades, but that kinship unfolds in real-time in Relations.
Talk: Architecture and Art with Deborah Berke and Samara Golden
November 9, 6 pm
World-renowned architect Deborah Berke and artist Samara Golden – who plays with architecture and light to create her immersive, eye-tricking installations – discuss the intersections of art and architecture. The conversation is moderated by architecture expert Reed Kroloff and presented in partnership with the Chicago Architecture Foundation.
Talk: Los Frikis
November 30, 6 pm
In partnership with QUEER, ILL + OKAY, the MCA presents a conversation between Radio Ambulante’s Luis Trelles and documentary filmmaker Vladimir Ceballos with special guests Gerson Govea and Yoandra Cardoso, who were part of a group of punk rockers in Cuba who intentionally gave themselves HIV. This talk looks back at the ‘Special Period’ – a decade of desperation when Soviet support was withdrawn from the Cuban government and HIV+ individuals were moved to state-run sanatoriums – and the ways life in sanatoriums afforded the artistic freedom to speak out against those in power. The program will be presented in Spanish and English.
Will Rawls and Claudia Rankine: What Remains
December 5-9 at the MCA Warehouse
MacArthur Fellow poet Claudia Rankine, Bessie Award-winning choreographer Will Rawls, and filmmaker John Lucas present What Remains, a collaborative performance that uses movement, language, and video to explore the dualism of visibility and disappearance of black citizens in society. What Remains is staged at the MCA Warehouse in a dreamlike environment reminiscent of an entombed imagination, where performers Leslie Cuyjet, Jessica Pretty, Tara Aisha Willis, and sound designer Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste respond to notions of violence, resistance, and identity through dance and a resonant, ghostly chorus.
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