Three ART on THE MART Alumni Doing Amazing Things

Feb 22, 2024

Check Out Upcoming Projects by Barbara Kruger, Chicago Black Dance Legacy Project, and Nick Cave:

ART on THE MART has projected the work of a diverse range of artists and organizations over the years, from international artists utilizing AI tools to Chicago arts and culture organizations. We love to keep up with and support our alumni's projects and accomplishments, even after their projections have wrapped. Here are a few upcoming highlights:

Barbara Kruger

Thinking of You. I Mean Me. I Mean You. 

On view from 1 February to 17 March, 2024, Barbara Kruger's current exhibition at Serpentine is her first institutional show in London in over 20 years, featuring a selection of installations alongside moving image works and soundscapes. For the exhibition, Kruger combines text, audio clips, found images, and memes ranging from selfies to animated cats, showcasing her adaptations to indoor and outdoor locations throughout the galleries. 

Kruger's commission for ART on THE MART, Untitled (Questions), premiered as part of the fall 2021 program coinciding with her exhibit at the Art Institute of Chicago. The projection was intentionally created without audio to focus the audiences' attention on the persistent questions on the façade. 

Derrick Adams

Derrick Adams at The High Line

Now on view on the High Line - Moynihan Connector Billboard are Sitting Pretty (2016) and Sing It Like You Mean It (2016) by multidisciplinary artist Derrick Adams. Both pieces are from Adams' 'Live' and 'In Color' series, which focuses on the moment between the 1970s and 1990s that national television attempted to reflect the diversity of its audience. This representation, however, portrayed Black personalities as overly dramatized and exaggerated. 

Visit the High Line in New York City to see the two billboards while they are on view through March 2024. Adams' commission for ART on THE MARTFuntime Unicorn: Ruby Rides Through Four Seasonsbuilt upon the artists' 'Funtime Unicorn' project celebrating Black joy, love, and play. 

Nick Cave

Each One, Every One, Equal All

Artwork commissioned by Nick Cave for New York's subway systems is featured in the publication, Contemporary Art Underground: MTA Arts and Design New York, set to be released in April 2024. The publication will tell the story behind the program and the 100+ artworks installed in the MTA system.

Tied to his exhibition at MCA Chicago, Cave's ART on THE MART commission debuted in 2022 and was created using remastered content from the artist's original film Drive-By (2011) combined with new original footage. The projection, titled Boom Boom Pa Pop Pop, bridged dance, performance, film, and public art by bringing Cave's Soundsuits to the facade of the iconic MART building.