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Members’ Preview | Gary Simmons: Public Enemy

June 11, 202312:00 pm - 2:00 pm

This event is open to MCA Members only. Join or renew today!

A long artwork is hung on a white wall.

Gary Simmons (b. 1964, New York, NY; lives in Los Angeles, CA), In the Blink of an Eye, 2006. Pigment and oil on panel; 120 × 480 in. (304.8 × 1219.2 cm). Planned acquisition, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. © Gary Simmons. Installation view, 1964, Bohen Foundation, New York, New York. March 11 – May 26, 2006. Photo: Tom Powell, courtesy of the Bohen Foundation.

About the Event

MCA Members enjoy first-look access of the MCA’s newest exhibitions alongside curators, artists, and fellow art enthusiasts. Pritzker Director Madeleine Grynsztejn and the MCA invite you and a guest to attend the Members’ Preview for Gary Simmons: Public Enemy. Join us for complimentary light fare and refreshments while being among the first to view this timely exhibition, the first comprehensive career survey of the work of multidisciplinary artist Gary Simmons.

Since the late 1980s, Simmons has played a key role in situating questions of race, class, and gender identity at the center of contemporary art discourse. Guided by an internal logic, his approach is cool, analytical, and unflinching in its interrogation of intense historical narratives, yet the results consistently deliver a strong emotional charge.

Recapturing Memories of the Black Ark | Bonita Appleblunt

noon–2 pm

Chicago DJ Bonita Appleblunt ushers in the Members’ Preview of Gary Simmons: Public Enemy. Named one of the Chicago Reader’s Best Hip-Hop DJs, Appleblunt works to evoke the ephemeral, magnetic ambiance of a house party, weaving a sense of closeness, connection, and celebration among their audience. Guests are invited to commemorate the opening of Public Enemy with a moment that will remain part of the history of Recapturing Memories of the Black Ark, an artwork by Simmons inspired by Lee “Scratch” Perry’s famed Jamaican studio and the site of the birth of dub.


Lead support is provided by the Harris Family Foundation in memory of Bette and Neison Harris, Zell Family Foundation, Cari and Michael Sacks, Nancy and Steve Crown, Hauser & Wirth, The Joyce Foundation, and Karyn and Bill Silverstein.

Major support is provided by the Bluhm Family Foundation; Ellen-Blair Chube; Jack and Sandra Guthman; Susie L. Karkomi and Marvin Leavitt; Kovler Family Foundation; Liz and Eric Lefkofsky; Gael Neeson, Edlis Neeson Foundation; Carol Prins and John Hart; and the Terra Foundation for American Art.

Generous support is provided by Dr. Anita Blanchard and Martin Nesbitt; Diane Kahan; Cheryl and Eric McKissack; Stephanie and Neil Murray; D. Elizabeth Price and Lou Yecies; the Rennie Collection, Vancouver; Nathaniel Robinson; and Joyce Yaung and Matt Bayer.

This project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Major support for Gary Simmons: Public Enemy is provided by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

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