Art on the CTA
Felix Gonzalez-Torres, “Untitled”, 1995
As part of the exhibition Forecast Form: Art in the Caribbean Diaspora, 1990s–Today, the MCA has realized one of Felix Gonzalez-Torres’s multisited billboard works, “Untitled” featuring a black-and-white photograph of a lone bird soaring through a cloudy sky. Dispersed across many installation sites on the Chicago Transit Authority’s elevated rail system as well as on the MCA’s loading dock door off of Chicago Avenue, before greeting visitors outside the exhibition’s galleries on the fourth floor, Curator Carla Acevedo Yates writes that ““Untitled” might beckon us to daydream of travel, solitude, migration, or freedom.” Learn more about the artwork and each station it’s located at; the artwork is only on view for a limited time.
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Belmont (Brown, Purple, Red)
Cermak/McCormick Place (Green)
Conservatory-Central Park Drive (Green)
Fullerton (Brown, Purple, Red)
Harold Washington Library-State/Van Buren (Loop)
Howard (Purple, Red, Yellow)
Logan Square (Blue)
Merchandise Mart (Brown, Purple)
About the Work
In Felix Gonzalez-Torres’s final work, “Untitled” (1995), a lone bird soars through a cloudy sky. Haunting and poetic, the work calls into question the meaning of the bird: is it predatory or migratory; one that prefers solitude or has it lost its flock? First realized as billboards across several installation sites in mostly diverse neighborhoods in New York (as stipulated by the artist), the image, freed from the walls of art institutions and their interpretive sway, becomes part of the landscape itself, thus creating the potential for more private and unmediated encounters with the work.
Lead individual sponsorship for Forecast Form: Art in the Caribbean Diaspora, 1990’s–Today is generously contributed by Kenneth C. Griffin.
Lead support is provided by the Harris Family Foundation in memory of Bette and Neison Harris; Zell Family Foundation; Cari and Michael Sacks; the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; Jana and Bernardo Hees; Mellon Foundation; Gael Neeson, Edlis Neeson Foundation; and Karyn and Bill Silverstein.
Major support is provided by Julie and Larry Bernstein, Robert J. Buford, Citi Private Bank, Lois and Steve Eisen and the Eisen Family Foundation, Marilyn and Larry Fields, Nancy and David Frej, the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Foundation, Anne L. Kaplan, Charlotte Cramer Wagner and Herbert S. Wagner III of the Wagner Foundation, and an anonymous donor.
Generous support is provided by the Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation and by Marisa Murillo.
This project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.
This exhibition is supported by Etant donnés Contemporary Art, a program from Villa Albertine and FACE Foundation, in partnership with the French Embassy in the United States, with support from the French Ministry of Culture, Institut français, Ford Foundation, Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, CHANEL, and ADAGP.