Mona Hatoum: Early Works

Wednesday, Mar 29 – Oct 22, 2023

220 E. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611

Early in her career, Mona Hatoum’s work took the body as both subject and material. Using performance as her primary medium, her works from this period afforded her an inexpensive and direct way of communicating with her audience, often employing technology like video and radio in innovative ways. In this exhibition, three key performance works—all produced in the 1980s, and all part of the MCA Collection—engage themes that continue to be fundamental to her practice, from the body to the impetus to connect with viewers. Twenty-five years after hosting Hatoum’s first US solo museum exhibition in 1997, the MCA is pleased to revisit three foundational works from the vantage of the present.

This exhibition is organized by Pamela Alper Associate Curator Bana Kattan.