National Museum of Mexican Art
1852 W. 19th St.
Chicago, IL 60608
Up through Aug. 14, 2016, this exhibition features more than 60 prints by artists of Mexican ancestry from after 1960 to current times. It begins with the Chicano Movement then continues with art expressions that changed as economics and identity changed around them in the United States. The show, put together by San Antonio’s McNay Art Museum, has five themes: identity, tradition, struggles, culture and memory.
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
220 E. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622
Mastry is not a typo. Marshall himself used the word in his Rythm Mastr project of comic book-style expressions of black heroes. But the MCA exhibit shows Marshall in all his guises using all sizes of work including large, wall-size pieces. The word reflects black jargon and African-American slave history while at the same time it refers to Marshall’s mastery of all forms of art. The exhibit is a stunning retrospective that ranges from Marshall’s early works on black invisibility to later explorations into nudes, abstract forms and African-American history. Organized by the MCA with the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where it will go in October, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, where it heads next March, the show first opens at the MCA Chicago April 23 and continues through Sept. 25, 2016.
Intuit Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art
756 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60642
For its twenty-fifth anniversary, the Intuit Center decided to revisit the Corcoran Gallery of Art’s historic1982 “Black Folk Art in America: 1930-1980.” However, the Intuit exhibition under the curatorial leadership of Faheen Majeed continues on where the Corcoran left off. At the Intuit Center July 15, 2016, through Jan. 2, 2017, it will have some works by artists in the original show plus current works by black artists. Programs will also provide background into artists’ styles and messages.
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Art Institute of Chicago
111 S. Michigan Ave.
Architecture and art, technology and industry all connect when the Art Institute of Chicago does “Laszlo Moholy-Nagy: Future Present,” from Oct. 2, 2016 through Jan. 3, 2017. Moholy-Nagy was a Bauhaus professor who influenced industrial design. But Moholy-Nagy was also an artist who worked in several mediums. He was a painter, photographer, sculptor, typographer, printmaker and stage set designer. He also liked incorporating light and movement into his works. The Art Institute exhibition is the first major look at Moholy-Nagy’s works in several decades.
The Art Center of Highland Park
1957 Sheridan Road
Highland Park, IL 60035
Organized by the McCormick Gallery, Chicago, The Art of Expression is in the Main Gallery of The Art Center May 5 through July 5, 2016. It showcases the works of Art Brenner, Michael Hedges, Ezio Martinelli, Lisa Nankivil, Melville Price, Darrell Roberts, Kyle Surges and Vidvuds Zviedris.