PRINT Summer 1997




To the Editor:

Katy Siegel gets many things right in her review of “Art in Chicago, 1945–1995” (March ’97), but nevertheless nagging questions remain. Why did the editorial staff feel it necessary to choose a writer from outside the Chicago art establishment (Siegel is listed as an art historian from the University of Memphis) to write this review? Is the Chicago art scene considered such a backwater that just about anyone could cover it? One could not imagine the same being done for the Whitney Biennial or a comparable Los Angeles exhibition.

I agree with Siegel that the installation resembled a “garage sale.” This cramped and jumbled exhibition is partly a result of the MCA’s decision not to relinquish the entire space of the museum. (One of the best spaces, the upper galleries, is used to display the permanent collection, which ironically comprises largely blue-chip art from

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