MOHOLY-NAGY: FUTURE PRESENT | Art Institute of Chicago
On a quick trip to Chicago in October, I heard the Moholy-Nagy exhibit had just opened at the Art Institute that day, so on a whim decided to check it out. It turned out to be an extraordinary exhibit! Moholy challenged the obvious in his life and in his art.
American, born in Hungary 1895-1946, he lived and taught in Chicago the last decade of his life. He was an artist, a teacher, an author, a public speaker – and was described as living “intensely in the present” and was “fiercely opposed conformism and settled thinking“.
Moholy believed that the future is in abstraction, that our minds can only be opened when we “go against our programmed conventions and train our senses to think about producing something deliberately unfamiliar”.
He was a passionate learner and a passionate teacher. “Every citizen should be a student, and every student should make art.”
Moholy-Nagy was deeply interested in personal interactions, collaborations and expressing them in his paintings. I had a beautiful ah-ha moment after reading this bold graphic statement about intersecting “currents” that gave his paintings more meaning. I wanted to circle back around to look at them all again, thinking about that. Amazing!
The Moholy-Nagy: Future Present runs through January 2017.
The Art Institute of Chicago was founded in 1879 and located in Chicago’s Grant Park, it is one of the oldest and largest art museums in the United States. The museum added the Modern wing in 2009, and in 2014 was voted by travelers to be the best museum in the world!
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