Alexander Calder and Contemporary Art: Form, Balance, Joy @ MCA
By Ben Schuman Stoler in Arts & Entertainment on Jun 25, 2010 4:30PM
Alexander Calder. Performing Seal, 1950. Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, the Leonard and Ruth Horwich Family Loan. © 2010 Calder Foundation, New York / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Unless you were raised by wolves, you probably spent many a formative hour developing brain cells while watching a mobile spin around above your little baby crib. You can thank Calder for all that, and his import in contemporary art as well as in cities can hardly be overstated. Chicago has the Flamingo among others to be thankful for - MCA has a neat map of the Calders in Chicago here - and, actually, two of Calder's first American shows were in Chicago. So this exhibition builds on the Calder-Chicago connection, but more than anything else it's a great opportunity to see a swath of his works in one space.