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© Julie Curtiss, La Machine, 2020. Oil and vinyl on canvas; 48 3/16 × 60 1/16 in. (122.4 × 152.6 cm). Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Tony Salame, Aishti Foundation - Beirut, Lebanon and Elie Khouri - Elie Khouri Art Foundation, Dubai UAE, 2021.7. © 2020 Julie Curtiss. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.

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Descending the Staircase Museum Of Contemporary Art (MCA)

16 Dec 2023 — 25 Aug 2024

Descending the Staircase considers novel artistic approaches to representing the human body. Spread across two floors of the museum, the exhibition presents figures of all kinds, from the fragmented, absurd, and surreal to the curated, self-aware, and media savvy. Together, these artworks delve into fundamental questions about the human body in the contemporary world, including its...

Descending the Staircase considers novel artistic approaches to representing the human body. Spread across two floors of the museum, the exhibition presents figures of all kinds, from the fragmented, absurd, and surreal to the curated, self-aware, and media savvy. Together, these artworks delve into fundamental questions about the human body in the contemporary world, including its relationship to labor and machines, its presentation in advertising and social media, and its role within the everyday domestic sphere.

Drawn primarily from the MCA’s permanent collection, this immersive exhibition brings together new works and old favorites, revealing ongoing conversations among past and present artists.

Descending the Staircase is part of an ongoing exhibition series that highlights key artists represented in the MCA’s collection. The exhibition is curated by Jadine Collingwood, Associate Curator, and Jack Schneider, Assistant Curator.

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4.4 / 5 (77 reviews)

Chicago's premier art gallery is dedicated to showcasing art in all its forms – so expect to see painting, photography, film, music, theater and more in a stunningly designed exhibition space.

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Tuesday 10:00 - 21:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 10:00 - 17:00
Monday Closed

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Lexi,  United States United States
08 Mar 2024
Good
great experience and loved the exhibits just wish there was a bit more. people said it would take 2 hours but i took my time and it was only 1 hour
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Alexander ,  United Kingdom United Kingdom
26 Mar 2024
Good
Great, quite a few areas closed off but what we saw was really good.
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Jeanne,  United States United States
05 Feb 2024
Excellent
Great museum outstanding exhibit exhibit and awesome gift shop!
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