Chicago

Melanie Schiff, Emergency, 2006, color photograph, 28 x 19 3/4".

Melanie Schiff, Emergency, 2006, color photograph, 28 x 19 3/4".

Chicago

“Sympathy for the Devil: Art and Rock and Roll Since 1967”

Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (MCA Chicago)
220 East Chicago Avenue
September 29, 2007–January 6, 2008

Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami
770 NE 125th Street
May 31–September 8, 2008

Curated by Dominic Molon

“Please allow me to introduce myself,” squawked Mick Jagger in 1968, and forty years later our love affair with that two-backed beast born of man and guitar—rock ’n’ roll—still burns strong. Spanning those four decades, with art by more than sixty artists from four continents—including Richard Hamilton’s collage Swingeing London 67, 1968–69, and Dan Graham’s seminal video Rock My Religion, 1982–84—this survey of some 125 works shows that rock, with its meretricious cousin pop, contains a lexicon of politics and style coded in mere glances and swaggers. Avoiding simple “cock rock” homage, the show features contributions by a number of female artists—Jutta Koether, Aleksandra Mir, and Linder Sterling, among others. Taking the mosh pit to the museum, this acknowledgment of influence is long overdue.Travels to the Museum of Contemporary art, North Miami, FL, May 31–Sept. 8, 2008.