Images from Opening Night

(Top to bottom, left to right) Adrienne Samuels Gibbs and Naomi Beckwith. Barabara Ruben. Dave Pabellon and Meaghan Burritt. Mark Bradford and Madeleine Grynsztejn. Michelle Boone, Sara Albrecht, and Lisa Key. Mark Bradford and Tina Williams. Nora Daley with Michael Darling. Teshear Hull, Ava Hurdlik, and Doris Davis. Raymond Abercrombie. Inez Saunders, Barabara Ruben, Tricia Van Eck, and Kay Moody.

All images: Mark Bradford Exhibition Opening; Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; May 26, 2011. Photos by Jeremy Lawson, © MCA Chicago.

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Recent Press for Mark Bradford

Dateline Australia’s video segment, “LA Laid Bare,” about Mark, the exhibition, and the residency project.

Laura Pearson’s review for Time Out Chicago.

Urban Re-Planning,” by Laura Fox, in Newcity.

Ebony Magazine’s “The Mark Bradford Project Connects Artist + MCA + Community.”

Paul Klein’s Art Letter review, which also ran on Huffington Post.

A feature on the exhibition and the residency in The Art Newspaper.

WBEZ’s interview with new MCA Curator Naomi Beckwith includes a conversation about Mark’s work.

Time Out Chicago’s Summer Preview and Q&A with Mark, both by Lauren Weinberg.

W. Keith Brown’s review in Chicago Art Magazine.

Laurie Apple’s coverage in the Chicago Reader.

A Truly Rich Man,” by KP Dawes, in Arte Y Vida Chicago.

Monica Westin’s “Editor Pick” in Flavorpill.

The Kansas City Star art critic Alice Thorson’s “…art shows that are worth a road trip.”

Inclusion in Time Magazine’s Summer Entertainment Preview.

Image: from Chicago Art Magazine.

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"He just wants to do art with us … We’re art kids."

For the past six months, the MCA’s video production team has been working hard to document The Mark Bradford Project. We have interviewed dozens of people involved in the project and made trips all over the city, and even to LA, to capture footage of the project in progress. Our goal was to put together a video, to be played at Mark’s exhibition opening, that told the story of the important work that had already taken place during the residency.  Enjoy!

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Art is not something outside of their experiences. It lives right there with them.

— Mark Bradford, about the youth artists from Lindblom and YOUmedia, whose work is currently on display in (Re)Connect, an exhibition at a Pop-Up Art Loop Gallery, 205 S. State Street, Chicago. 

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Exhibition Opening Tonight!

"Skinny Jeans" is a track Mark created for his multimedia installation, Pinocchio Is On Fire. The song expresses Mark’s interest in relationships between clothing and identity in pop culture. (May contain strong language.)

Text wall installation

Text installation

Above photos: MCA preparators installing part of Pinocchio Is On Fire on the front wall of the atrium. Text is created by peeling away layers of white paint from drawings of previous artists’ projects. Over the past 15 years, the front wall has been the site of wall drawings by many artists, including Sol LeWitt, Franz Ackermann, and Damien Hirst.

MCA plaza banner

Join us for the Mark Bradford exhibition opening tonight, 6:30-9 pm. Tickets are $20, and free for MCA members.

Photos: Mia Wicklund © MCA Chicago

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Pinocchio Is On Fire

Preparators working on Mark Bradford’s multimedia installation, Pinocchio Is On Fire, in the MCA atrium this week.

Mark Bradford’s Pinocchio Is On Fire, 2010. Courtesy of the artist and Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York. Photos: Mia Wicklund, © MCA Chicago

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Artist in Residence

Mark describes the essence of the project and what draws him in.


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In Mark’s studio

Last week, the MCA’s video team went to Los Angeles to capture footage of Mark in his studio. Mark was a generous host and a great interview. Stay tuned for more from Mark soon.

All photos by Sarah Wambold.

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Black Venus
According to the Mark Bradford microsite (created by Wexner Center for  the Arts), the term “Black Venus” was used regularly in the 19th century to describe women of African descent. Referring to the Roman goddess of love and fertility, this description was used as “a way of insinuating sexual availability and potency.”
For this work, Mark layers these historical references with a map of the “wealthy, black part of LA” called Baldwin Hills. Click here to watch Mark describe this work.
Image:  Mark Bradford, Black Venus, 2005. Billboard paper, photomechanical reproductions, acrylic gel medium, carbon paper, and additional mixed media, 120 x 192 inches (304.8 x 487.7 cm). Berezdivin Collection, Photo: Bruce M. White.

Black Venus

According to the Mark Bradford microsite (created by Wexner Center for the Arts), the term “Black Venus” was used regularly in the 19th century to describe women of African descent. Referring to the Roman goddess of love and fertility, this description was used as “a way of insinuating sexual availability and potency.”

For this work, Mark layers these historical references with a map of the “wealthy, black part of LA” called Baldwin Hills. Click here to watch Mark describe this work.

Image:  Mark Bradford, Black Venus, 2005. Billboard paper, photomechanical reproductions, acrylic gel medium, carbon paper, and additional mixed media, 120 x 192 inches (304.8 x 487.7 cm). Berezdivin Collection, Photo: Bruce M. White.

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Mark’s recent visit

Mark was in town last month participating in a variety of residency activities. He dined with MCA friends and donors, met with the exhibition installation team, worked with and inspired the student groups, activated a casual get-together with local artists, and connected with the MBP team. Whew! Mark’s energy was nonstop, and we were running to keep up. Here’s a glimpse.

Mia Wicklund

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