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Luisa Lambri, Untitled (Barragan House, #08A), 2005. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Restricted gift of Verge: The Emerging Artists Advisory Group of the MCA and Bernice and Kenneth Newberger Fund. Copyright Barragan Foundation, Switzerland, owner of the copyright on the work of Luis Barragan Morfin. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.

Chicago Design Serves as Global Through Line for Two MCA/Biennial Exhibitions This Fall

In partnership with the 2019 Chicago Architecture Biennial, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago will present two important exhibitions this fall, Chicago Works: Assaf Evron (through February 16, 2020) and The Shape of the Future (October 19, 2019 to April 5, 2020). Both exhibitions use architecture and design to reflect global narratives and their connection to Chicago.

In Chicago Works: Assaf Evron, former photojournalist Assaf Evron's first solo museum exhibition connects architecture in Chicago to his home country of Israel. For this exhibition, Evron creates an immersive environment that spans from wall to wall and features the 'meander,' a decorative motif based on the natural curves of rivers and streams found since ancient times. The meander runs across continents, cultures, and styles of design, and connects several works in the exhibition, including images of Mount Sodom in the Judean Desert, the ornamental facade of the iconic Monadnock building in Chicago, and the pavers in Rabin Square in Tel Aviv. Evron traces how different forms of decorative design meander and meet as images across the world, accruing new cultural significance in each collision. Chicago Works: Assaf Evron runs from July 23, 2019 to February 16, 2020.

The Shape of the Future is an exhibition of works drawn from the MCA Collection that respond to twentieth century modernism and the promise of a global design language. Works in the exhibition explore modernism as a way of visualizing a utopian future--where clarity, familiar geometry, and universal legibility builds better worlds--and as an ideology embedded with political fantasies and cultural turmoil. Artists such as Buckminster Fuller, David Hartt, Richard Misrach, Damien Ortega, Jack Pierson, and Mauro Restiffe use mediums associated with architectural design, including photography, scale models, and schematic drawings, to examine how modernism is interpreted in Chicago and around the world. Highlighting the dreams and histories reflected in the built environment, The Shape of the Future runs from October 19, 2019 to April 5, 2020.

In addition, on Saturday, September 28 at 1 p.m., Assaf Evron will lead an architecture walking tour around the Streeterville neighborhood to see his recent installation on the windows of the iconic Mies van der Rohe apartment building located at 900 North Lake Shore Drive. Using commercial, large-scale window-wrap technology, Evron's installation covers the windows of architect Mies van der Rohe's building with landscape photographs of mountain ranges and cave dwellings, reversing the relationship between interior and exterior and collapsing the modernist architecture of Mies van der Rohe with the natural world.

​For more information about these or other upcoming MCA Chicago programming, visit the museum’s website at mcachicago.org.

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