Must See Exhibits at Museum of Contemporary Art and Art Institute of Chicago

Over the last month I viewed a number of great exhibits in Chicago, at the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Chicago Art Institute.

At the Art Institute is the exhibit: Windows on the War Soviet Tass Posters, through Oct. 23, 2011. At the opening they had a performance of wonderful Russian Folk Music, photos below:

Russian Folk Singing at: Windows on the War: Soviet Tass Posters at Home and Abroad.

Russian Folk Singing at Windows on the War: Soviet Tass Posters at home and Abroad..

At the Museum of Contemporary Art take a look at the Exhibit: Pandora’s Box: Joseph Cornell Unlocks the MCA Collection, through Oct. 16. 2011. This features  both Joseph Cornell’s work and artists that were influenced by him, which runs the gamet from paintings to sculpture to an  interesting traveling bubble video called The Tenant, 2010 by Rivane Neuenschwander and Cao Guimaraes. Another outstanding exhibit was Mark Bradford, a contemporary artist dealing with racial profiling in his abstract multilayered, richly colored paintings, sculptures and installations. Also very interesting and mysterious at MCA are the Eiko & Koma , Japanese American dance artists. Hope you get to take in some of this rich culture!

Joseph Cornell from Pandora's Box exhibit.


03 Joseph Cornell from Pandora's Box exhibit.


04 Sculpture from Joseph Cornell's Pandora's Box exhibit


05 René Magritte Les merveilles de la nature (The wonders of nature), 1953, oil. Painting from Pandora's Box Exhibit.


06 Mark Bradford


07 Mark Bradford Detail


08. Mark Bradford Detail


09. Mark Bradford Record Album


11. Mark Bradford Series Record Album





12. Mark Bradford Installation

About Michelle Kogan Art, Illustration, & Writing

Michelle Kogan is an artist, illustrator, instructor, and writer, creating colorful allegorical figure, flora and fauna paintings and children's illustrations, which have a sensitivity to endangered species, and the environment. She is an art instructor at the Evanston Art Center and offers Plein Air Painting Workshops at nature venues in the Chicago area including the Lincoln Park Conservatory, Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, and Lurie Gardens at Millennium Park. Visit her online Etsy Shop at: and her website:
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