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The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago is proud to present Trade Windings: De-Lineating the American Tropics, an exhibition that investigates the history, impact, and legacy of colonial trade routes from the 15th and 16th centuries. On view from May 18 through August 24, 2024, the exhibition challenges the so-called age of exploration and discovery by revealing the displacement, enslavement, and extraction that occurred during this time of imperial prosperity—realities that continue to haunt the world today.




































 




















 





























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Trade Windings

MCA, Chicago (United States)

18.05 - 25.08.2024


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Drawn primarily from the MCA Collection, Trade Windings features artworks by Tania Bruguera, Rafael Ferrer, Ana Mendieta, Emilio Rojas, Juana Valdés, and Carrie Mae Weems, among others, who incorporate or reference maps and colonial products, such as coffee, gunpowder, and cotton, in their works. By outlining the historical entanglements of the American tropics, the exhibition exposes the ways in which the structural and material dimensions of coloniality permeate our daily lives.


The exhibition is curated by Cecilia González Godino, Marjorie Susman Curatorial Fellow. It is presented in the McCormick Tribune Gallery on the museum’s second floor.

Exhibition 18 May - 25 August 2024. Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E Chicago Ave - 60611 Chicago, IL (USA). Hours: Tuesday 10am–9pm, Wednesday–Saturday 10am–5pm










 





 



























 





 











Eyes in the Stone, Stari Sanatorij, Maribor (Slovenia)

© ArtCatalyse International / Marika Prévosto 2024 All Rights Reserved

Emilio Rojas, Santa María Llena Eres de Gracia, 2018. Color photograph, 14 × 21 inches. Collection of DePaul Art Museum, gift of the artist, 2020. Courtesy of the artist.

Emilio Rojas, Santa María Llena Eres de Gracia, 2018. Color photograph, 14 × 21 inches. Collection of DePaul Art Museum, gift of the artist, 2020. Courtesy of the artist.