About the project

Mark Bradford with students at Lindblom Math and Science Academy. Photo by Nathan Diamond.

The Mark Bradford Project connects MacArthur Fellow and contemporary artist Mark Bradford with various Chicago communities to interact around the creative process. Over the course of a year, Bradford will serve as a catalyst for ongoing discussions and community engagement projects, including interactions with students at Lindblom Math and Science Academy as well as teenagers in Chicago Public Library’s YOUmedia program. The theme of mapping, which Bradford explores in many of his paintings, serves as a unifying thread for these projects and discussions.

Building on the MCA Chicago’s long history of working with artists, and exemplifying the artist-activated, audience-engaged MCA vision, this yearlong creative residency is offered in conjunction with our May 2011 presentation of Bradford’s major solo exhibition, organized by the Wexner Center for the Arts.

Support for The Mark Bradford Project is generously provided by Helen and Sam Zell, The Joyce Foundation, Sara Lee Foundation, and The Broad Art Foundation.

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