Eternal YouthSince the 90s

The concept of coming-of-age as a crossroads
in art history



  The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago presents Eternal Youth, a survey of works drawn mostly from the MCA’s collection that explores the concept of coming-of-age as a crossroads in art history. This exhibition examines the different ways youth are portrayed, and in particular, since the 1990s, images of youth in the western world have elicited both desire and fear, responding to social, cultural, and political shifts such as HIV awareness and gender bending transition. At the beginning of the exhibition, audiences are greeted by a major new acquisition, Eddie Peake’s Destroyed by Desire. Also at the start of the exhibition are photographs by Larry Clark from his now infamous Kids series, and from the set of the seminal movie of the same name, which was released in 1995. Written by Harmony Korine and coproduced by Gus Van Sant, the film tells the story of a single day in the life of a group of sexually active teenagers in New York City, and offered breakout roles for actors Chloë Sevigny and Rosario Dawson. On view from March 11 to July 23, 2017, Eternal Youth is curated by Omar Kholeif, MCA Manilow Senior Curator, with Grace Deveney, MCA Curatorial Assistant.