Chicago area people: make time between now and June to see This Will Have Been: Art, Love & Politics in the 1980s at the MCA if you haven’t already. I went into it thinking it would a retrospective of the NY art scene during those years—and those kids are there!—but there’s a great sense of the global climate, too. The exhibition does a great job of placing works from disparate geographic and political climates next to one another and letting the viewer draw connecting lines.
Another cool thing is that the MCA has placed some of the works in public spaces, like Gran Fury’s 1989 KISSING DOESN’T KILL: GREED AND INDIFFERENCE DO. I was pleasantly surprised to see this on my morning train stop, but more pleasantly surprised that it wasn’t accompanied by a bright ad imploring CTA passengers to come see the show at the MCA. There’s just a dark area on the right that says in small print “Paid for the Museum of Contemporary Art.” Color me impressed.