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MCA DNA: little lower layer
  • Presented By: Museum of Contemporary Art
  • Location: Museum of Contemporary Art
  • Address: 220 E. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60611
  • Dates: June 3, 2017 - September 17, 2017
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Time: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  • June 3 - September 17, 2017
    little lower layer features 13 artists who examine what lies just below the surface by scraping, scrambling, puncturing, or otherwise manipulating their media. Jack Whitten, Paul Chan, Kate Gilmore, Isa Genzken, and Simon Starling among others take a critical eye to what a viewer can see, and what is just out of reach, using techniques like peeling back layers of paint or kicking through walls to expose the multiple planes of matter beyond. The title of the show comes from Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick, in which Captain Ahab makes sense of his mysterious obsession to capture the white whale by suggesting a “little lower layer” of meaning runs through his hunt. Suggesting there is always something beneath the surface, little lower layer engages viewers in a way of thinking and questioning that is particularly urgent in today’s political climate.

MCA DNA: little lower layer
  • Location: Museum of Contemporary Art
  • Address: 220 E. Chicago Ave.
  • June 3, 2017 - September 17, 2017
  • Museum of Contemporary Art
  • Recurring weekly on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday