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Nicole Eisenman

What Happened

April 6September 22, 2024

MCA Chicago

This image illustrates a link to the exhibition titled Nicole Eisenman <br><i>What Happened</i>

Nicole Eisenman: What Happened is the first major exhibition surveying Nicole Eisenman’s expansive artistic practice, bringing together roughly 100 works produced from 1992 to today. Formally inventive and materially ambitious, Eisenman works across a range of formats and techniques, from painting to drawing to large-scale murals and installations. A similar sense of variety carries forward into the artist’s subject matter, which features an array of cultural and historical sources, including Renaissance painting, underground comics, and 1930s socialist murals, among many others. Through careful juxtaposition and idiosyncratic detail, Eisenman confronts the most pressing crises of our time, examining significant contemporary moments with a style and vision that is entirely her own.

This exhibition, which traces the entirety of Eisenman’s career to date, begins with murals and drawing installations from her time in the New York art scene in the 1990s, and ends with a selection of large vertical paintings that address key political and social concerns shaping the world today. Despite the massive cultural shifts that have taken place in the decades since Eisenman began working, what remains constant throughout her work is the unfailing determination to hold space for resistance, to hold space for community, and to almost always meet the viewer with an anarchic sense of humor.

The exhibition is organized by Museum Brandhorst and Whitechapel Gallery, London, and curated by Monika Bayer-Wermuth and Mark Godfrey. The MCA presentation is curated by Jadine Collingwood, Associate Curator, and Jack Schneider, Assistant Curator.