Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Surrealism in Chicago

A marvelous new exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art links Surrealism to Chicago with 100
works by iconic artists such as Rene Magritte, Matta, Max Ernst, Balthus, Leonora Carrington, and Dorothea Tanning, as well as Chicago-based artists Jim Nutt, Leon Golub, and Christina Ramberg. Pieces by international Surrealist-inspired artists such as Mark Grotjahn, Wangechi Mutu, Jeff Koons, and Cindy Sherman are also represented here.

I spent two hours immersed in these otherworldly images, thinking about life in other realms, symbols, and animal totems. I left in a rather dream-like state, one which was quickly dispelled once I joined the pedestrian shoppers along Michigan Avenue, pursuing very different, and decidedly more materialistic, dreams. Kudos to MCA curator Lynne Warren for organizing this remarkable show. Surrealism: A Conjured Life runs from November 21, 2015 - June 5, 2016. You might see me there again.