Chicago Tribune, October 24, 1967

October – November:
Pictures to Be Read – Poetry to Be Seen
Claes Oldenburg: Projects for Monuments

November - December:
Two Happening Concepts: Alan Kaprow and Wolf Vostell

December – January 1968:
Dan Flavin: alternating pink and "gold"

Fantastic Drawings (37 Chicago area artists, lower gallery)

January - February:
Made With Paper
(400 objects from 16 countries)

March - April:
Jean Tinguely
Alain Jacquet: Screened photographic images
Marial Raysse: collage-paintings and neon sculptures

April - May:
George Segal: Twelve Human Situations
Robert Whitman: Cinema Pieces

Jackson Pollock: Works on Paper

June – July:
Tom Wesselmann: The Great American Nude
Maurice Lasansky: The Nazi Drawings

The Baron and Bailey Light Circus
(17 projectors: 12 for slides, 3 for movies, 2 just for light, various screens and objects, and a rock band)

July – September:
Works from the Mr. and Mrs. Robert B. Mayer Collection
(80 works in six categories: pop, surrealist, abstract expressionist, mathematic form works, color-field paintings, physically-optically active)

September – October:
Directions I: OPTIONS
(90 works by 64 American, European, and Latin American artists - “a collection of audience-participation works”)

October – December:
From Painting and Sculpture to the Constructed Relief:

November –  January 1969:
Violence in Recent American Art
New British Painting and Sculpture

January – March:
Christo: Wrap In Wrap Out

January – March:
H.C. Westermann: Sculptures and Drawings

March - April:
Beverly Pepper
Don Baum Says, "Chicago Needs Famous Artists”
"28 artists including 3 art groups –
Hairy Who:
oldest of 3 grad Art Institute generations – Karl Wirsum, Jim Nutt, Gladys Nilsson, James Falconer, Suellen Rocca, and Art Green
Nonplussed Some:
2nd generation – Edward Flood, Sarah Canright, Ed Paschke, and Richard Wetzel
False Image:
Christine Ramberg, Phil Hanson, Roger Brown, and Eleanor Dube"

Meredith Monk choreography among the Beverly Pepper show

April – May:
Franz Kline
Contact: Cybernetic Sculpture with Les Levine

May – July:

Laszlo Maholy-Nagy

July - September:

European Painters Today

Steven Jay Urry: Dribblescapes

September – October: 
Paul Van Hoeydonck: Spaced Out

October – December:

Art By Telephone
(sculptors, painters, composers, poets, and dancers will transmit by telephone instruction for the construction oor performance of their art.” (34 artists from USA & Europe)

December – February 1970:

The Joseph Randall Shapiro Collection

February – March:
Roy Lichtenstein

March – May:
Richard Koppe, Lillian Florsheim, Kazys Varnelis
Earth and Water Projects

May – 1 week:
Roof Works

May – June:
Permutations: Light and Color (16 west coast artists)

July – September:

Andy Warhol

September – October:
Ellsworth Kelly, Morris Louis, Kenneth Noland and Frank Stella
Lasers and Holograms

October – December:
The Graphics of Robert Rauschenberg

December – February 1971:
The Architectural Vision of Paolo Soleri

February – March:
Murals for the People: Jesus Rafael Soto

April – May:
49th Parallels – New Canadian Art

May – July:
Radical Realism
Cosmo Campoli

July –  September:
Allan D’Arcangelo
Jasper Johns graphics

September - October:
Enrico Baj

October – December:
Lucas Samaras Boxes
Extended Structures: Ferrer, Graves, Hesse, Morris, Saret, and Scanga

December – January 1972:
White on White, Arp, Johns, Kelly, and others

December – January 1972:
Terry Allen, mixed media drawings

January 4, Gene Siskel: A New Film Series: “The Museum of Contemporary Art is getting into the movies in a big way. Beginning tonight, and on each Tuesday evening thruout the year, the museum will present a program of traditional or experimental films.”

February – March:
Chuck Close; Paul Sarkisian
100 drawings from the west coast underground commix

March - May:
Lee Bontecou’s first retrospective of sculpture and drawings

May – June:
Chicago Imagist Art (30 artists over 25 years)

July – September:
James Rosenquist

September – October:
Modern masters from Chicago collections, a survey of modern art from 1910 – 1960 including works of 60 artists taken from 57 collections in the city.

October – December:
Deliberate Entanglements, fabrics as art forms
Braque graphics

December – January:
Raphael Ferrer Environments
Jess’ Paste-ups

February – March:
Alan Shields; Richard Artschwager; Piero Manzoni

April – May:
Post Mondrian Abstraction in America
Diane Arbus Retrospective

May – July:
Eva Hesse: A Memorial Exhibition, 44 sculptures and 28 drawings
My First Car: eccentric sculptures by Don Potts

July – September:
Norman Rockwell: A Sixty-Year Retrospective
Executive Order 9006: photographic documents of the internment of 110,000 Japanese-Americans during World War II.

September – November:
20th Century Master Drawings from Chicago

Rooms & Shadows, Michael Hurson: miniature rooms;
Thomas Kovachevich: shadow paintings

November – January 1974:
Four Sculptors from Los Angeles: Lloyd Hamrol, Barbara
Munger, John White, and Connie Zehr
Cornell in Chicago, 40 boxes by Joseph Cornell

January –  March:
Robert Arneson: a retrospective of his ceramics;
The East is Red, papercuts from the Chinese Revolution
Jose Posada Graphics

January 16:
Philip Glass lecture recital

March - April:
Joseph Raffael; Jack Beal; Jim Nutt (3 one-man shows)

May - June:
The Logic of Vision: Jo Baer, Robert Mangold, Brice Marden, David Novros, and Anne Truitt
Bronzes by Jacob Epstein

June - August:
John D’Andrea and Duane Hanson: The Real and Ideal in Figurative Sculpture
Stephan von Huene, animated sculptures

June 30:
"The Museum of Contemporary Art concluded its series of six weekly jazz concerts last Sunday afternoon."

September - October:
Leon Golub: Paintings from 1947 to 1973
September - October:
George Tooker

October -December:
Alexander Calder retrospective

December - January 1975:
“Holiday Happenings” contemporary toys, a modular environment, family films, and performance events.

January - March:
Made in Chicago, U.S.A. (represented the US in the Sao Paolo Bienal last year and later toured South America and was shown in Washington DC);
Sources of Chicago Imagism

March 8 – April 27:

Body Works: Laurie Anderson, Chris Burden,
Gaston Lachaise, sculpture

March 23, Tribune: “For the strong of heart, here is a list of upcoming Bodyworks performances. All will take place at the Museum of Contemporary Art at 8pm. All are also to be live – if you call that living.
April 2: Dennis Oppenheim explores aging and deterioration of the body; in a second piece he takes identity of a black man.
April 4: Laurie Anderson evokes memories of her childhood in an autobiographical work called “For Instants.”
April 11: Chris Burden undergoes more agony in his continuing examination of danger and fear.

May – June:
Hans Bellme

June - August:
Video Art, an exhibition surveying the historic and aesthetic dimensions of video as an art form
Man Ray, photographs

September - November:
Contemporary African Fabrics
Bruce Conner, drawings

November - January 1976:
Robert Irwin: light and space explorations
Jeremy Anderson, drawings and sculpture

January - February: 
Peter Blume
Five West Coast visionary artists
Drawings by five abstract expressionists

March - April:

Abstract Art in Chicago
Clarence John Laughlin, photographs

May - June:
100 Years of Architecture in Chicago (160 projects dating from the Chicago Fire to the present)
Richard Diebenkorn, monotypes

July - September:
American Crafts ’76: An Aesthetic View
Fashion Photography: Six Decades

September - November:
Sculpture by David Gilhooly, Will Insley, and Joel Shapiro

November - January:
Charles Ross, light works
Manierre Dawson, paintings
John Storrs, sculpture

January - March:
Alfred Leslie, Paintings
The Photographer and the City

March - May:
Antoni Tapies
Robert B. Mayer Memorial Loan

May - July:

Richard Lindner
Words at Liberty

July - September:
Walker Evans
Improbable Furniture

September -  November:
A View of a Decade

November - January 1978:

The Mouse Museum/The Ray Gun Wing: Two Collections/Two Buildings by Claes Oldenburg
Survey of prints from Landfall Press

January - March:
Frida Kahlo and June Leaf

January - February:
Gordon Matta-Clark architectural project

March - April:
German and Austrian Expressionism Festival

May - June:
Llyn Foulkes, 50 paintings, collages, and assemblages
Alfred Jensen

October - November:
Buildings Reborn: New Uses, Old Places

November - January 1979:
Adolf Woelfli – 126 colored drawings while confined in a mental institution

Detail from 1967 clippings book, review of the first MCA exhibition.

Courtesy of the MCA Library & Archives.

Poster for one of the two first MCA exhibitions:

Chicago Sun-Times, December 17, review of Dan Flavin's first-ever solo exhibition:

Courtesy of the MCA Library & Archives.

Chicago Tribune, July 2, 1968, headline for The Baron and Bailey Light Circus.

Chicago Tribune, July 16, 1968, headline for exhibitions in response to the 1968 riots.

Chicago Tribune, January 16, 1969, headline for the Christo exhibition, "Wrap In Wrap Out." In his first wrapped U.S. building, Christo covered the Ontario Street museum in brown canvas, and likewise, wrapped the interior space in white cloth.

Chicago Tribune, September 20, 1970, headline for the show, "Lasers and Holograms."

Chicago Tribune, January 9, 1972. The Tribune's art critic liked the work, but not the presentation of this MCA exhibition.

Chicago Tribune, January 23, 1972, headline about the state of Chicago's contemporary art. The article by Jane Allen and Derek Guthrie begins, "It's a sad fact that art like almost everything else in Chicago is riddled with politics. Genuine divisions of opinion concerning aesthetis and the relationship of art to society seldom emerge, develop or mature here, because the art community is divided on questions of personal and institutional allegiances.

May 14, 1972

1972 exhibition catalogue for Chicago Imagist Art.

Chicago Tribune, April 8, 1973, headline for the first Diane Arbus retrospective, prepared by the Museum of Modern Art after her death. The show originated at MoMA, then traveled to Chicago, Baltimore, Minneapolis, and Ottawa, Canada. See the MoMA press release, here.

Catalogue for Leon Golub's 1974 MCA exhibition

Catalogue for the 1975 exhibition, Bodyworks

Chicago Tribune, January 22, 1978

Although Tribune art critic Alan Artner disliked both Frida Kahlo's and June Leaf's work in this two-person retrospective, he reserved an especially biting misogyny for Kahlo, whose work was presented for the first time in the U.S. in this MCA show:

“Kahlo led the kind of life that makes for a Ms. Magazine version of the romantic agony…  All of this shows up in her art, though after several miscarriages and medically ordered abortions, her primary subject became pain… Keeping in mind that Kahlo’s works were created in a climate that was truly repressive to women, one can only marvel at the courage with which she presented all manner of grisly feminine experience. Yet, while her consciously naïve style depicts these horrors with uncommon directness, her psychological makeup was so intensely self-oriented that she was never capable of pulling back far enough to make a more general statement. By the time Kahlo begins painting herself in necklaces of thorns or with nails and arrows piercing her skin, one realizes that this has become an art of monumental self-pity – an art that will satisfy none by the most caterwauling feminist.”

Artner concludes by describing the MCA exhibition as consisting of, “several lame still-lifes and a number of photographs that turn a gifted though minor career into one long, self-indulgent shriek. “