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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Student exhibition closes tonight!

(Re)Connect
May 26 - June 2, 11:30 am - 5:30 pm
at Pop-Up Art Loop Gallery, 205 S State Street
Free and open to the public!

(Re)Connect features artwork created by 15 students from Lindblom Math and Science Academy, a Chicago Public School, and six teenagers from YOUmedia, a drop-in digital and media program at the Harold Washington Library. The exhibition includes photographs, paintings, sculptures, installations, and works in a variety of digital media, including sound and video. Inspired by Mark Bradford’s work and his practice, students at Lindblom responded to the related themes of journeys and mapping. Students at YOUmedia responded to specific works by Bradford, reinventing and remixing to create their own artworks.

Photos: Opening reception for (Re)Connect, at Pop-Up Gallery, Chicago, May 25, 2011. Part of The Mark Bradford Project. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.

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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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Student exhibition opening tonight!

Join us for the opening of (Re)Connect at Pop-Up Art Loop Gallery, 205 S State Street, from 4:30 to 6:30 pm.  Free and open to the public!

(Re)Connect features artwork created by 15 students from Lindblom Math and Science Academy, a Chicago Public School, and six teenagers from YOUmedia, a drop-in digital and media program at the Harold Washington Library. The exhibition includes photographs, paintings, sculptures, installations, and works in a variety of digital media, including sound and video. Inspired by Mark Bradford’s work and his practice, students at Lindblom responded to the related themes of journeys and mapping. Students at YOUmedia responded to specific works by Bradford, reinventing and remixing to create their own artworks.

(Re)Connect 
May 26 - June 2, 11:30 am - 5:30 pm
Closed Sundays and Memorial Day

Photos: Nathan Keay © MCA Chicago

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The youth have moved from production to presentation, conversing with Mark to explore installation ideas.

— Elena Goetz, MCA Coordinator of Youth and Family Programs, about preparing for the student exhibition, (Re)Connect

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From production to presentation

YOUmedia encourages critique, conversation, and collaboration. Each time I walk into the space, I see teens gathered in groups chatting together, playing Rock Band as “band mates,” listening to someone’s new audio track, sharing out poetry with mentors. Within all these shared experiences, the youth are listening to each other’s ideas, contributing their own, appreciating differences, and propelling themselves to better understand their own ideas. As part of The Mark Bradford Project, the option of who you could critique, converse, or collaborate with has included some additional faces, including Mark Bradford. 

Now, with the culminating exhibition of this work, (Re)Connect, set to open next week, the youth have moved from production to presentation, spending time thinking about how their artworks exist in an exhibition space. Recently, the teens visited the MCA and Skyped with Mark to explore installation ideas. They are hungry for suggestions and information, and seem energized by the various ways that artists choose to display work. They are revising their work and thinking about the experience of the viewer. The youth process this new mode of thinking with great openness and excitement. It is so beneficial, maybe even critical, to have an encouraging environment of critique, conversation, and collaboration already in place, which YOUmedia provides. As I see it, this allows for risk-taking to take place and thus meaningful processes and experience to occur. That’s what I like to call, The Mark Bradford Project.

Check out a slideshow of a recent “Mark Bradford Monday” when youth came to the MCA to explore the exhibition Without You I’m Nothing: Art and Its Audience and spent time talking about their artwork for (Re)Connect with curator Tricia Van Eck. 

— Elena Goetz, MCA Coordinator of Youth and Family Programs; Images of (Re)Connect installation at Pop-Up Art Loop Gallery, 205 S. State Street, Chicago, IL; Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago

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The Mark Bradford Opening

As an MCA staff member in Membership, one of the best parts of my job is getting the chance to meet and interact with artists as their opening events are planned. Every Members’ Opening is born out of the Development office, and keeping the artist and our members of all levels in mind, we try to create an event that will fully reflect the artists’ work and personality. With Mark Bradford, this experience was particularly fun, and Mark’s infectious inspiration helped fuel our creativity as we started to develop his opening activity months in advance.

Mark began his relationship with MCA staff members by hosting a discussion where he presented his thoughts, passions, and opinions about art and community. While Mark Bradford’s creative residency was still taking shape, he talked about the importance of community and how it influences his art. In planning for the opening he challenged us to reach out to our community in new ways with a specific emphasis on being all-inclusive, to inspire new audiences throughout Chicago. With his ideas in mind, we went to work planning the Mark Bradford Opening with a public component as our centerpiece.

The MCA prides itself on being an active community organization, so we are more than excited to welcome the community to this event by offering a paid ticket option. To highlight the importance of Mark’s interaction with the Chicago community, we have invited the students and teens involved in The Mark Bradford Project, from Lindblom Math and Science Academy and Digital Youth Network’s YOUmedia program at the Harold Washington Library, and their families.

With all this considered, we are very pleased to invite you to the Mark Bradford Opening on May 26 from 6:30 to 9 pm. Member tickets are free, and public tickets are $20. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres from Wolfgang Puck, a cash juice and alcohol bar, and fresh beats from DJ Kid Color. And don’t miss an engaging discussion in the MCA Theater at 7 pm.

In this discussion, you can learn more about the artist behind this exhibition. Kym Pinder, associate professor and chair of the Department of Art History, Theory and Criticism at the School of the Art Institute, facilitates a conversation with Mark, Erika Hanner, Director of Education at the MCA, and students from Lindblom and YOUmedia. Gain behind-the-scenes insight into The Mark Bradford Project, hear the voices of key participants from the Project speak about their interactions with Mark, and understand Mark’s passion for connecting students to art in various communities. I look forward to seeing you at the Mark Bradford Opening for this incredible show and to celebrate art in Chicago!

— Jen Rhodes, MCA Membership Assistant; Images (top to bottom): Mark speaks to MCA staff, photo by Erica Sanko; Mark helping out in the office, photo by Mia Wicklund. © MCA Chicago

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