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Opening: The Long Dream at the MCA, Chicago

Imaginary Homelands, 2020, video still

Against the backdrop of a global pandemic and a renewed reckoning over racial justice and inequality, The Long Dream invites visitors to see the city of Chicago, the world, and themselves, through the eyes of more than 70 local artists whose work offers us ways to imagine a more equitable and interconnected world.

Named after the 1958 novel by socially committed author Richard Wright, The Long Dream brings together work by both emerging and established Chicago artists, and includes painting, performance, sculpture, video, and sound art. The exhibition extends beyond the gallery walls into the digital space, culminating in a live arts event in January where artists from across the exhibition will share their work.

The Long Dream is organized collectively by the Artistic Division, which includes the museum's curatorial, learning, and content teams. It is presented in the Griffin Galleries of Contemporary Art on the museum's fourth floor.

Participating artists, amongst others: Candida Alvarez, Kirsten Leenaars, Tonika Lewis Johnson, Riva Lehrer, Claire Pentecost, Cheryl Pope, and Rhonda Wheatley, Brendan Fernandes, Edra Soto, Sadie Woods, Dawoud Bey, Nick Cave, Julia Fish, Jim Nutt, William Pope.L, Amanda Williams, Selina Trepp, Lise Haller Bagessen, The Floating Museum, Jefferson Pinder, Alberto Aguilar, Joanna Furnans, Derek McPhatter, Darling Shear


Nov 7, 2020–Jan 17, 2021

Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago

220 E Chicago Ave, , IL 60611


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