Eternal Youth at MCA Chicago

Installation view, Eternal Youth, MCA Chicago, Mar 11–Jul 23, 2017 Photo: Nathan Keay © MCA Chicago

In particular, since the 1990s, images of youth in the western world have elicited both desire and fear, responding to social, cultural, and political shifts such as HIV awareness and gender bending transition. This exhibition examines the different ways youth is portrayed—as simultaneously innocent and desirous—revealing the treatment of young bodies as sexualized, radical, and medicated objects.

Installation view, Eternal Youth, MCA Chicago, Mar 11–Jul 23, 2017 Photo: Nathan Keay © MCA Chicago

This survey of works, comprised mostly of the MCA’s collection, starts with photographs by Larry Clark from his now infamous Kids series (from a major gift by the Howard and Donna Stone Collection), and the movie of the same name, which was released in 1995. Written by Harmony Korine and coproduced by Gus Van Sant, the film tells the story of a single day in the life of a group of sexually active teenagers in New York City, and offered breakout roles for actors Chloe Sevigny and Rosario Dawson.

Installation view, Eternal Youth, MCA Chicago, Mar 11–Jul 23, 2017 Photo: Nathan Keay © MCA Chicago

The works gathered together for this exhibition—by Dawoud Bey, Mona Hatoum, Thomas Hirschhorn, Jack Pierson, Wolfgang Tillmans, and Francesca Woodman—stretch from analog culture into the utopic digital age. Accompanying programming includes talks and an online debate about art, youth, and society at large.

This exhibition is curated by Omar Kholeif, Manilow Senior Curator, with Grace Deveney, Curatorial Assistant.

It is presented in the Sylvia Neil and Daniel Fischel Galleries on the museum’s second floor.

 

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Photographs by Nathan Keay © MCA Chicago

Installation view, Eternal Youth, MCA Chicago, Mar 11–Jul 23, 2017 Photo: Nathan Keay © MCA Chicago
Installation view, Eternal Youth, MCA Chicago, Mar 11–Jul 23, 2017 Photo: Nathan Keay © MCA Chicago
Installation view, Eternal Youth, MCA Chicago, Mar 11–Jul 23, 2017 Photo: Nathan Keay © MCA Chicago

 

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