Society for Contemporary Art

Society for Contemporary Art The SCA was founded at the Art Institute of Chicago in 1940 to promote a better understanding and appreciation of the art of our time.

The Society for Contemporary Art (SCA) supports the Art Institute of Chicago by engaging the community in a dialogue about the art of our time and acquiring works that enrich the museum’s collection. Through its lectures and events, the Society has become one of the museum’s principle vehicles for exploring new and challenging art. Monthly SCA programs provide access to an exciting roster of leadi

ng national and international artists, dealers, critics, historians, and curators, as well as visits to distinguished private collections and major art centers within the United States and abroad. The Society has also made a tremendous impact on the museum’s collection of modern and contemporary art. On an annual basis, acquisition committee members review a carefully selected group of contemporary works and present them throughout the Art Institute’s galleries. The entire membership then votes to purchase one or more objects for the museum’s permanent collection. Over the years, the SCA has acquired more than 150 works of art by distinguished artists such as Emma Amos, Carl Andre, Lee Bontecou, Larry Clark, Tacita Dean, Nicole Eisenman, Leon Golub, Dan Graham, Maren Hassinger, Jasper Johns, Donald Judd, Guillermo Kuitca, Joan Mitchell, Jackson Po***ck, Paul Sharits, Lorna Simpson, James Turrell, Martin Wong, and Christopher Wool.

SCA members are invited to a guided curator tour of the Art Institute’s latest exhibition, Christina Ramberg: A Retrospe...
04/19/2024

SCA members are invited to a guided curator tour of the Art Institute’s latest exhibition, Christina Ramberg: A Retrospective Friday, May 24th at 9am!

Led by the Art Institute’s curators, Thea Liberty Nichols and Mark Pascale, this exclusive private tour invites SCA members to delve into Ramberg’s influential career within Chicago’s contemporary art scene, tracing her artistic evolution from early paintings focused on women’s hairstyles to mature works featuring cropped torsos in lingerie. Witness approximately 100 pieces that showcase the breadth of her artistry, including the mid- to late-1970s boundary-blurring paintings and experimental quilts from the late 1980s. The exhibition, featuring her final body of dark geometric abstractions, pays homage to Ramberg’s commitment to drawing, painting, and quilting.

Image credit: © The estate of Christina Ramberg.

Thank you .llc for hosting SCA members  last night for an evening of rich conversations and engaging work. Members wande...
04/19/2024

Thank you .llc for hosting SCA members last night for an evening of rich conversations and engaging work. Members wandered through Good Weather’s dynamic galleries led by , , from .scherben, and Artist Max Guy. Thank you again to all who came out in support!

To stay updated on upcoming SCA events, visit scaaic.org!

On Saturday April 27th, SCA Benefactor, Patron, Sponsor, and Friend level members are cordially invited to an exclusive ...
04/18/2024

On Saturday April 27th, SCA Benefactor, Patron, Sponsor, and Friend level members are cordially invited to an exclusive tour of the school’s remarkable art collection.

Led by Dr. Canice Prendergast, the W. Allen Wallis Distinguished Service Professor of Economics and the collection’s founder, this tour offers a personalized exploration of 800 pieces by nearly 200 artists. Gain insights into the collection’s distinctive acquisition strategy, focusing on early-career artists and geographic diversity. Discover iconic and newly acquired works by artists like Lisa Alvarado, Jean Katambayi Mukendi, Edgar Calel, and Ulala Imai. Immerse yourself in the vibrant and accessible atmosphere of the Harper Center, where art seamlessly converges with scholarship and innovation.

Afterwards, we will have a reception in recognition of the commitment and generosity of our Friend, Sponsor, Patron, and Benefactor members.

Join SCA members for a compelling public lecture with John Knight at 6pm on Saturday, May 4th! (Registration link in bio...
04/17/2024

Join SCA members for a compelling public lecture with John Knight at 6pm on Saturday, May 4th! (Registration link in bio)

As an architect, John Knight has long been attuned to the ideologies of the built environment, a quality showcased wonderfully in his upcoming exhibit at the Art Institute of Chicago, John Knight: A work in situ, curated by Giampaolo Bianconi.

John Knight creates projects in situ, which are the result of careful observation of specific sites, and ex situ, which bring references to other places into the exhibition space. Whether in situ or ex situ, Knight’s works are context dependent, crystalizing the social, political, and economic forces that structure our built environment.

After the lecture, SCA members are open to engage with the exhibition more intimately in the Bluhm Terrace with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.

This public program is made possible with the support of Stephanie Skestos Gabriele and Jim Gabriele.

This weekend SCA members got the chance to explore the robust international network of galleries and collectors at . Spe...
04/15/2024

This weekend SCA members got the chance to explore the robust international network of galleries and collectors at . Special thanks to all the galleries that welcomed SCA members on our tour, and to .gent for leading yet another excellent walk through.

This rare opportunity allows SCA members to explore the innovative work of Chryssa, Greek-born pioneer in luminosity scu...
04/10/2024

This rare opportunity allows SCA members to explore the innovative work of Chryssa, Greek-born pioneer in luminosity sculpture work. Thursday May 16th at 6pm, we invite SCA members to examine Chryssa’s profound formal concerns and critical exploration of post-World War II United States over refreshments in the thoughtfully and beautifully designed space by architect Tadao Ando at Wrightwood 659.

Chryssa & New York presents a comprehensive survey of the artist’s work, marking the first North American exhibition since 1982. The exhibition unveils Chryssa’s innovative use of signage, text, and neon, transcending Pop, Conceptual, and Minimalist art. Immerse yourself in her dynamic oeuvre, ranging from early works like the Cycladic Books series to captivating plaster and metal reliefs capturing natural light phenomena. Witness the restoration of the monumental sculpture, “The Gates to Times Square,” gaining valuable insight into her artistic processes.

Image credit: Chryssa, Americanoom, 1963. Aluminum, welded steel, stainless steel, and neon, 90 x 108 in. (228.6 x 274.3 cm). Collection of the Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami (Coral Gables, FL). Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Aron B. Katz, 82.0226 © The Estate of Chryssa, National Museum of Contemporary Art Athens (EMST). Photo: Oriol Tarridas © Lowe Art Museum.

Robert Munch has graciously opened his home to SCA Benefactor members for a private viewing of his collection Thursday, ...
04/09/2024

Robert Munch has graciously opened his home to SCA Benefactor members for a private viewing of his collection Thursday, May 9th at 6pm.

Robert notes “My focus has been to assemble holdings of seminal works and ‘little gems’ by significant voices dating from the 1950s-1970s in America and Europe. The art collection is further complimented by prototypes, early and rare examples of Postwar design and craft”. The collection includes examples from leaders within the Pop, Conceptual and Minimalist movements and vernacular. Robert considers the dialogue and discourse between each work in the collection, including how they relate aesthetically while also exploring the relationships of the artists and patrons. Works from the collection have been exhibited at the MoMA, Site Santa Fe, the High Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art, LACMA, the Walker Art Center, Denver Art Museum, Art Gallery of Ontario, The Menil, among others.

Robert resides in a Perkins and Will designed building, with a recent remodel designed by architects Norman Kelley with Spencer McNeil.

Complimentary to SCA Members. Registration required.

Arrival instructions will be given upon registration.

Image: Kendall McCaugherty Ristau (Hall+Merrick+McCaugherty)

📣SAVE THE DATE: 2024 SCA Collectors Sale on June 6 - a party and silent auction to benefit the Society for Contemporary ...
04/05/2024

📣SAVE THE DATE: 2024 SCA Collectors Sale on June 6 - a party and silent auction to benefit the Society for Contemporary Art at the Art Institute of Chicago.

Thursday, June 6 at Freeman’s | Hindman,
1550 W Carroll Ave

Pre-sale tickets available for members on April 15 ❤️

Last night, SCA members embarked on an insightful after hours tour of the International Modern Art galleries here at the...
04/03/2024

Last night, SCA members embarked on an insightful after hours tour of the International Modern Art galleries here at the Art Institute. Considering recent additions to the collection by Maria Blanchard, Maruja Mallo, Wolfgang Paalen, Franz Wilhelm Seiwert and others, curator Caitlin Haskell discussed the ways that the history of 20th-century painting and our understanding of modern art remains dynamic. To learn more about Dr. Haskell’s perspective on expanding the traditional canon of art history check out her recent article with the Comer Family Foundation: “The Modern Canon & 20th Century Discoveries at the Art Institute of Chicago: A Conversation with Caitlin Haskell.”

To stay updated on upcoming SCA events and become a member, visit scaaic.org.

SCA Free Public Lecture: Steffani Jemison | Wednesday, Apr 24 at 6pm at the Art Institute of Chicago (link in bio). Stef...
04/02/2024

SCA Free Public Lecture: Steffani Jemison | Wednesday, Apr 24 at 6pm at the Art Institute of Chicago (link in bio).

Steffani Jemison’s multidisciplinary approach spans time-based, sculptural, and discursive mediums, informed by deep research into movement practices, literature, ethnomusicology, and the history of cinema. Her recent work examines the liberatory potential of opacity and quiet. Calligraphic drawings on clear film or tempered glass suggest an unreadable language, amplifying what she calls the “tensions between what can be read, what can be intuited, and what refuses to give up its secrets.” Mining the Black vernacular tradition of encrypting what cannot be said, Jemison looks to the archive for alternative genealogies of mark-making that sidestep the modernist narrative.

Steffani Jemison (b. 1981) lives and works in New York. Solo exhibitions, screenings, and performances include Greene Naftali, New York (forthcoming 2024, 2021); JOAN, Los Angeles (2022); Annet Gelink Gallery, Amsterdam (2022, 2020); Galeria Madragoa, Lisbon (2021); Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati (2021); Kai Matsumiya, New York (2019); Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2019); Lincoln Center, New York (2018); Jeu de Paume, Paris (2017); CAPC Bordeaux (2017); MASS MoCA, North Adams, Massachusetts (2017); Nottingham Contemporary (2017); RISD Museum, Providence, Rhode Island (2015); and The Museum of Modern Art, New York (2015). Jemison is Associate Professor of Art & Design at Rutgers University; her first novel, A Rock, A River, A Street, was published by Primary Information in 2022. Her work is in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago; Baltimore Museum of Art; Brooklyn Museum, New York; Buffalo AKG Art Museum, New York; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, among others.

A ticketed dinner will be held at Summer House Santa Monica at 7:30pm.

This public program is made possible with the support of Stephen Pratt, Sarai Hoffman, Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises.

Join your fellow SCA members at Good Weather for a curator’s tour of solo exhibitions by Max Guy and Jerry Phillips at 6...
03/19/2024

Join your fellow SCA members at Good Weather for a curator’s tour of solo exhibitions by Max Guy and Jerry Phillips at 6pm on Thursday, April 18.

Good Weather is a contemporary art gallery from North Little Rock, Arkansas with current locations in Chicago, Illinois and Little Rock, Arkansas. The gallery is recognized for a deeply collaborative and rigorous program that focuses on the contextualization and advancement of artists’ practices within a broader art discourse.

Light refreshments will be served. Complimentary to SCA members and their guests.

Image Credit: Raque Ford A Better Liar from February 26–May 6, 2023 at Good Weather (Chicago). Image credit: Courtesy of the artist and Good Weather, North Little Rock/Little Rock/Chicago. Photo: Travis Roozée.
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SCA members were invited to a happy hour at 65GRAND gallery to experience Shane Huffman’s solo exhibition. Curated from ...
03/18/2024

SCA members were invited to a happy hour at 65GRAND gallery to experience Shane Huffman’s solo exhibition. Curated from diverse series, his photographs delve into the realms of light, space-time, and movement. It was a truly intimate occasion as the artist shared insights into his practice and his ‘22 top laws of swimming,’ a conceptual and metaphorical cornerstone of his work. Many thanks to 65GRAND gallery for collaborating with us on this event.



Join your fellow SCA members for a guided tour of EXPO Chicago led by Aron Gent of  at noon on Saturday, April 13.ABOUT ...
03/15/2024

Join your fellow SCA members for a guided tour of EXPO Chicago led by Aron Gent of at noon on Saturday, April 13.

ABOUT EXPO CHICAGO
showcases leading contemporary and modern art galleries each April at Navy Pier’s Festival Hall, alongside a diverse and inventive program of talks, on-site installations, and public art initiatives. Inaugurated in 2012, EXPO CHICAGO draws upon the city’s rich history as a vibrant international cultural destination, while highlighting the region’s contemporary arts community. In 2023, EXPO CHICAGO was acquired by Frieze, the world’s leading platform for modern and contemporary art.

In appreciation of the commitment and generosity demonstrated by our Sponsor, Patron, and Benefactor members, we cordial...
03/11/2024

In appreciation of the commitment and generosity demonstrated by our Sponsor, Patron, and Benefactor members, we cordially invite members at those tiers to join us for a curator-led tour of the Modern Art collection at the Art Institute, followed by a complimentary reception at the Chicago Athletic Association on April 2nd.

This after-hours tour, led by Caitlin Haskell, Gary C., and Frances Comer, Curator and Director Ray Johnson Collection and Research, will take place in the galleries of International Modern Art. Considering recent additions to the collection by Maria Blanchard, Maruja Mallo, Wolfgang Paalen, Franz Wilhelm Seiwert, and others, it will address the ways that the history of 20th-century painting and our understanding of modern art remains dynamic.

You must be a Sponsor, Patron, or Benefactor member in good standing to attend this complimentary event.

The membership of the Society for Contemporary Art plays a crucial role in fostering discourse about the art of our time...
03/01/2024

The membership of the Society for Contemporary Art plays a crucial role in fostering discourse about the art of our time and supporting the Art Institute of Chicago. We deeply appreciate our members’ dedication to keeping our community vibrant. Learn more about the SCA membership on our website (link in bio). Join today!

These programs are made possible through the active participation of our members and the generous support of our Partners and Sponsors. Each membership includes invitation for two individuals. Complimentary receptions are provided at various member events. Keep an eye out for upcoming registration details!

Presented in partnership with the Art Institute of Chicago, join us for a compelling panel conversation on Radical Clay:...
02/24/2024

Presented in partnership with the Art Institute of Chicago, join us for a compelling panel conversation on Radical Clay: Contemporary Women Artists from Japan. Ceramicists Hosono Hitomi and Yamaguchi Mio will share their insights at 2pm on Saturday, March 23rd, at Fullerton Hall. (Link in bio)

Hosono Hitomi (b.1978) has built a career crafting complex botanical sculptures that recreate dense foliage in molded porcelain. Yamaguchi Mio (b.1992) mimics nature’s repetitions, pleating and folding clay to evoke a world that is almost aquatic. Both artists present striking perspectives on ceramics, globally and in Japan. Hear about their creative processes, techniques, inspiration, and thoughts on the current and future state of clay art in this exciting conversation.

This talk is generously supported by the Carol Given Winston Fund.

Hosono Hitomi was born in 1978 in Gifu Prefecture, Japan. She studied Kutani pottery at the Kanazawa College of Art between 1998 and 2002 and received a MA in ceramics and glass from the Royal College of London in 2009. She was an artist in residence at Wedgwood from 2017–2018.

Image courtesy of Adrian Sassoon, London. Photography by Sylvain Deleu.

Yamaguchi Mio was born in 1992 in Aichi, Japan, and graduated from Aichi University of Education. Since 2020, she has been studying ceramics at the Ishoken Tajimi City Pottery Design and Technical Center.

Images:

1. Yamaguchi Mio. Shura, 2020. Carol & Jeffrey Horvitz Collection of Contemporary Japanese Ceramics

2. Yamaguchi Mio

3. Hosono Hitomi. A Very Large Pine Tree Pool, 2019. Scottish National Museum. © 2023 Hitomi Hosono

4. Image courtesy of Adrian Sassoon, London. Photography by Sylvain Deleu.

Join us for a Happy Hour experience at 65GRAND Gallery  and immerse yourself in the captivating exhibition of Shane Huff...
02/21/2024

Join us for a Happy Hour experience at 65GRAND Gallery and immerse yourself in the captivating exhibition of Shane Huffman from 6-8pm on Friday, March 15.

Shane Huffman’s art investigates the individual as a participator in cosmic order rather than mere observer and parasite. Using photography as an investigative process that works with three core phenomena, light, space-time and movement, which can be more accurately thought of as a single, unified phenomena, light motion space, he creates experiments with the materials of photography that exist somewhere between lab work and alchemical sorcery.

Enjoy an onsite reception while meeting the artist and socializing with your fellow SCA members.

Image: ​installation view, Speed at the Sound of Loneliness, 2021



Please join us for Regina José Galindo’s artist lecture at 6pm on Wednesday, March 6 at the Art Institute of Chicago. (R...
02/15/2024

Please join us for Regina José Galindo’s artist lecture at 6pm on Wednesday, March 6 at the Art Institute of Chicago. (Registration link in bio)

This public program is made possible with the support of Linda Usher and Malcolm Lambe.

Dinner at The Dalcy catered by Aba is made possible with the support of Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises.

Regina José Galindo (1974) is a visual artist and poet, whose main medium is performance. Galindo lives and works in Guatemala, using its own context as a starting point to explore and accuse the ethical implication of social violence and injustices related to gender and racial discrimination, as well as human rights abuses arising from the endemic inequalities in power relations of contemporary socialites. Galindo is, in Loris Romano‘s words, ”an artist who pushes herself beyond her own limits, through performances which are radical, unsettling and ethically discomfiting“.

Galindo received the Golden Lion for Best Young Artist in the 51st Biennial of Venice (2005) for her work ”¿Quién puede borrar las huellas“ and ”Himenoplastia“, two crucial pieces of her oeuvre, which critique Guatemalan violence that comes from misconceptions of morality as from gender violence, while she demands the restitution of the memory and humanity of the victims. In 2011, she was awarded the Prince Claus Award from the Netherlands for her ability to transform injustice and outrage into powerful public acts that demand a response.

She has also participated in the 49th, 53rd, and 54th Venice Biennials; Documenta 14 in Athens and Kassel; the 9th International Biennial of Cuenca, the 29th Biennial of Graphic Arts of Ljubljana, the Shanghai Biennial (2016), the Biennial of Pontevedra (2010), the 17th Biennial of Sydney, the 2nd Biennial of Mosco, the First Triennial of Auckland, the Venice-Istanbul Exhibition, the 1st Biennial of Art and Architecture of the Canarian Islands, the 4th Biennial of Valencia, the 3rd Biennial of Albania, the 2nd Biennial of Prague, and the 3rd Biennial of Lima.


Announcing SCA artist lecture by Regina José Galindo at 6pm on Wednesday,March 6 at the Art Institute of Chicago. (Regis...
02/15/2024

Announcing SCA artist lecture by Regina José Galindo at 6pm on Wednesday,March 6 at the Art Institute of Chicago. (Registration link in bio)

The lecture will be conducted in Spanish with English audio translation and closed captions. Instructions for accessing translation services will be shared prior to the event.

Regina José Galindo (1974) es una artista visual y poeta, quien utiliza como medio principal de trabajo su cuerpo a través de la performance y más recientemente en acciones colectivas.

Galindo vive y trabaja en Guatemala, su país natal, utilizando su propio contexto como punto de partida para explorar y denunciar las implicaciones éticas de la violencia social y las injusticias relacionadas a la discriminación racial y de género, así como los abusos a los derechos humanos provenientes de las desigualdades endémicas en las relaciones de poder de las sociedades contemporáneas. Se ha caracterizado siempre por una vasta producción que busca generar en el pensamiento un punto crítico que señala, denuncia, y compromete a juicio las diferentes acciones de abuso a las cuales se ven sometidos distintos grupos sociales, pero que han sido normalizadas a través de los años y del silencio que ella rompe.

Galindo recibió el premio León de Oro al Mejor Artista Joven en la 51ª Bienal de Venecia (2005) por su trabajo “¿Quién puede borrar las huellas?” e “Himenoplastía”, dos piezas cruciales de su obra que critican la violencia guatemalteca proveniente de conceptos erróneos de la ética y la moral, así como de violencia de género, mientras exige la restitución de la memoria y la humanidad de las víctimas. En 2011 recibió el Premio Príncipe Claus de los Países Bajos por su capacidad para transformar la injusticia y la indignación en actos públicos que exigen respuesta. Recientemente recibió el premio Robert Rauschenberg Award de Foundation for Contemporary Arts.

Register for Feb 28 free artist lecture and ticketed dinner: New Red Order (link in bio)ABOUT THE SPEAKERNew Red Order i...
02/07/2024

Register for Feb 28 free artist lecture and ticketed dinner: New Red Order (link in bio)

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

New Red Order is a public secret society that collaborates with informants to create exhibitions, videos, and performances that question and rechannel subjective and material relationships to indigeneity. New Red Order orients their work through the paradoxical conditions of Indigenous experience, and explores the contradictions and missteps that embody desires for indigeneity in the myths, dreams, and political foundations of the so-called Americas. Through modes of entertainment and corporate address, museological display, re-appropriation, and a multiplicity of swerving artistic strategies, NRO aim to collectively advance understandings of how identity is conveyed and configured within contemporary art practices, in order to create sites of acknowledgment that promote solidarity and shift obstructions to Indigenous growth.

New Red Order is facilitated by core contributors Adam Khalil (Ojibway), Zack Khalil (Ojibway), and Jackson Polys (Tlingit). They have presented their work with Art Sonje, Artists Space, Creative Time, Haus der Kulturen der Welt Berlin, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Kunstverein in Hamburg, Lincoln Center, Momenta Biennale de l’image, Museum of Modern Art, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, New York Film Festival, Sharjah Biennial, Sundance Film Festival, Toronto Biennial 2019, Walker Arts Center, and Whitney Biennial 2019, among others, expanding the public secret society network across numerous institutional platforms.

Dinner

Dinner at Il Porcellino, situated in the heart of River North in downtown Chicago. This charming neighborhood restaurant specializes in serving classic Italian-American comfort food.

This dinner is made possible with the support of Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises.

We extend our gratitude to curator Jay Clarke for leading a private tour of the highly sought-after Picasso exhibition a...
02/06/2024

We extend our gratitude to curator Jay Clarke for leading a private tour of the highly sought-after Picasso exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago for SCA members. Dr. Clarke provided valuable insights into the artist’s complicated legacy and his drawings on view through a perspective reflective of our current times. Members were immersed in behind-the-scenes stories, ranging from the curator’s framing choices to the artist’s linocut printing processes.

To stay updated on upcoming SCA events and become a member, visit scaaic.org.

SCA Free Public Lecture: New Red Order is a public secret society that collaborates with informants to create exhibition...
01/24/2024

SCA Free Public Lecture: New Red Order is a public secret society that collaborates with informants to create exhibitions, videos, and performances that question and rechannel subjective and material relationships to indigeneity. New Red Order orients their work through the paradoxical conditions of Indigenous experience, and explores the contradictions and missteps that embody desires for indigeneity in the myths, dreams, and political foundations of the so-called Americas. Through modes of entertainment and corporate address, museological display, re-appropriation, and a multiplicity of swerving artistic strategies, NRO aim to collectively advance understandings of how identity is conveyed and configured within contemporary art practices, in order to create sites of acknowledgment that promote solidarity and shift obstructions to Indigenous growth.

New Red Order is facilitated by core contributors Adam Khalil (Ojibway), Zack Khalil (Ojibway), and Jackson Polys (Tlingit). They have presented their work with Art Sonje, Artists Space, Creative Time, Haus der Kulturen der Welt Berlin, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Kunstverein in Hamburg, Lincoln Center, Momenta Biennale de l’image, Museum of Modern Art, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, New York Film Festival, Sharjah Biennial, Sundance Film Festival, Toronto Biennial 2019, Walker Arts Center, and Whitney Biennial 2019, among others, expanding the public secret society network across numerous institutional platforms.

Ticketed Dinner:
Dinner at Il Porcellino, situated in the heart of River North in downtown Chicago. This charming neighborhood restaurant specializes in serving classic Italian-American comfort food.

This dinner is made possible with the support of Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises.

SCA Member Event: Curator-led Tour | Picasso: Drawing from Life (registration link in bio)Explore Picasso’s life and art...
01/23/2024

SCA Member Event: Curator-led Tour | Picasso: Drawing from Life (registration link in bio)

Explore Picasso’s life and art through a special curator-led tour at the Picasso: Drawing from Life exhibition. Delve into the artist’s circles of influence, showcasing the impact of friends, printers, art dealers, romantic partners, and children on his work. Beyond the portrayal of Picasso as a solitary genius, the exhibition unveils the network of individuals crucial to his success. Focused on works on paper, the display features over 60 pieces, spanning 70 years of Picasso’s career.

Curator Jay A. Clarke guide you chronologically, revealing the evolution from student years to the profound impact of wartime experiences. This tribute on the 50th anniversary of Picasso’s death celebrates the artist’s enduring legacy.

Image credit: © 2018 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

The Society for Contemporary Art (SCA) at the Art Institute of Chicago seeks well-rounded and passionate candidates for ...
12/27/2023

The Society for Contemporary Art (SCA) at the Art Institute of Chicago seeks well-rounded and passionate candidates for a full-time Coordinator position reporting to the Director.

As a full-time Coordinator, you will play a crucial role in executing programs and events that align with the SCA’s mission.

This dynamic position involves collaborating with and reporting to the Director on communications, marketing efforts, programs, events, membership operations, and inquiries. Your support will enrich membership experiences, actively engage the public, and enhance the connection between SCA and the Art Institute of Chicago.

To view the full job description visit the link in our bio.

To apply, submit a cover letter and resume as a single PDF with “Coordinator” in the subject line to: [email protected].

Inside the freshly rebuilt, stunning gallery front, SCA members gathered at Andrew Rafazc Gallery, celebrating its grand...
12/16/2023

Inside the freshly rebuilt, stunning gallery front, SCA members gathered at Andrew Rafazc Gallery, celebrating its grand reopening with a special exhibition preview. The holiday happy hour was filled with engaging dialogues around the thoughtfully curated exhibition "Nocturne” showcasing works from 18 artists and complemented by a delightful reception. A sincere thank you to for being the ultimate host! Don't miss out – make a return trip to the gallery for the eagerly anticipated Part II of the exhibition in January.

Join us for a FREE public program featuring sculptor Julia Phillips and REGISTER NOW for a post-program dinner with the ...
12/14/2023

Join us for a FREE public program featuring sculptor Julia Phillips and REGISTER NOW for a post-program dinner with the artist at the Nichols Board of Trustees Suite on Wednesday, Jan 10. Explore her captivating artwork, where tools and objects become metaphors for social and psychological experiences. Discover the mechanical and bodily dimensions of her sculptures, often featuring ceramic elements cast from her own body, reflecting a nuanced exploration of power relations.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER:
Julia Phillips (b. 1985), born in Hamburg and currently living and working in Chicago and Berlin, has had one-person exhibitions at MoMA PS1, Kunstverein Braunschweig, and participated in the Berlin Biennial, New Museum Triennial, and the 59th Venice Biennale’s central exhibition, The Milk of Dreams.

This public program is made possible with the support of PRADA.

Before the museum opened yesterday, SCA members sauntered through the contemporary galleries at the Art Institute of Chi...
12/05/2023

Before the museum opened yesterday, SCA members sauntered through the contemporary galleries at the Art Institute of Chicago. With Associate Curator leading the way, SCA members immersed themselves in the joy of discovering new works, engaging in rich conversations, and unveiling behind-the-scenes stories. We look forward to seeing you all at the next member event.

We are delighted to share that the 2012 SCA acquisition gift to the Art Institute of Chicago, Martin Wong’s painting “Sw...
12/01/2023

We are delighted to share that the 2012 SCA acquisition gift to the Art Institute of Chicago, Martin Wong’s painting “Sweet Oblivion,” is now displayed in the museum’s Modern Wing galleries.

Wong, a third-generation Chinese-American immigrant artist, depicted a decaying tenement near his Lower East Side home in Manhattan, showcasing intricate brickwork surrounded by refuse. Two groups of Wong's trademark hands communicate the caption in American Sign Language fingerspelling: "Sweet Oblivion, Clinton on the other side of Delancy Street."

Born in 1946, Wong was mostly self-taught and a prominent figure in the vibrant multi-ethnic East Village art scene during the 1980s and early 1990s. As an artist, gay activist, and street art collector, he engaged with gritty urban landscapes and explored themes of personal and countercultural experiences.

Acrylic on canvas
213.4 × 274.3 cm (84 × 108 in.)
Gift of Society for Contemporary Art
2012.485

We thank the SCA members who supported this major acquisition, curator for featuring the work in the newly reinstalled gallery, and curatorial assistant .bohanec for modeling in the photo.

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