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The Shape of the Future

Works that explore modernism as a way of visualizing a utopian future--where clarity, familiar geometry, and universal legibility builds better worlds--and as an ideology embedded with political fantasies and cultural turmoil. Artists such as Buckminster Fuller, David Hartt, Richard Misrach and more use mediums associated with architectural design, including photography, scale models, and schematic drawings, to examine how modernism is interpreted in Chicago and around the world.

Richard Misrach, Tennis Courts and Pyramids, Giza, Egypt, 1989/1995. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Bernice and Kenneth Newberger Fund. Photo: James Isberner, © MCA Chicago.
Yto Barrada, Palissade de chantier (Building Site Wall), 2009/2011. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, restricted gift of Kay Torshen, © Yto Barrada, courtesy Pace Gallery; Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Hamburg, Beirut; and Galerie Polaris, Paris Photography courtesy the artist and Pace Gallery.
Mary Brogger, Earthwork, 2000. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Gift of the Susan and Lewis Manilow Collection of Chicago Artists. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.
Jack Pierson, In every dream home a heartache, 1990. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, © 1990 Jack Pierson. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.
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