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Jenny Holzer, Yellow Looming, 2004, LED signs. Installation view, Kunsthaus Bregenz. © Jenny Holzer/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Attilio Maranzano.

Chicago

Jenny Holzer

Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (MCA Chicago)
220 East Chicago Avenue
October 25–February 1

Curated by Elizabeth Smith

In dealing with the edgy overlap between art and language, Jenny Holzer's work connects with the Conceptual art of the 1960s and '70s, but its quality of social engagement is more explicit—it started out, in fact, as street art, a kind of enigmatic agitprop. Fairly early on, too, it moved into sculpture, installation, and elaborate experiments with computerized lighting and signage. The early '90s, according to MCA chief curator Elizabeth Smith, marked “a turning point where [Holzer] began to work more directly with issues of violence and trauma,” and this exhibition surveys the years since then—a period in which the country again went to war. Holzer's will be an important voice on that subject. The catalogue features contributions by Smith, Whitney curator-at-large Joan Simon, and an interview of the artist conducted by art historian Benjamin H. D. Buchloh.