2017 Annual Meeting and Acquisition Vote

Meeting & Dining

At the Annual Meeting, members will have an opportunity to hear presentations on acquisition finalists, and then vote on a work for the SCA to purchase for the Art Institute of Chicago’s permanent collection.


The Acquisition Committee of the Society for Contemporary Art at the Art Institute of Chicago is pleased to announce the five acquisition finalists for 2017: a triptych by Charles Gaines; a painting by Jutta Koether; a film by David Lamelas; a selection of photographs by Josephine Pryde; and a sculpture by Cameron Rowland.


An exhibition of the acquisition finalists will be on view in the Modern Wing at the Art Institute of Chicago May 27 – August 15, 2017.


On May 31, Society for Contemporary Art members will be invited to hear presentations and will select two works to purchase this year. Please be aware that you must be a member in good standing to vote. Couples may share a single membership vote. Absentee ballots will only be available May 30th and 31st. Please contact the SCA at 312-443-3630 for more information on absentee ballots.


Sponsored by Sotheby’s


Charles Gaines
American, born 1944, active in Los Angeles
Walnut Tree Orchard: Set 9, 1975-2014
Black-and-white photograph, ink on paper
Three parts, 31 3/4 x 25 1/2 inches each (framed)
Courtesy of the artist and Paula Cooper Gallery


Jutta Koether
German, born 1958, active in New York and Berlin
A Bar at … #5, (feat. a Bar, AM-painting, Pain Bottle, Man, Bruised Grid, Infiniti, Balls, spectator), 2013
Acrylic, pastel, pencil and metallic paint on canvas, Dibond, wooden shelf
48 x 72 1/4 x 2 1/3 inches (painting)
5 3/4 x 6 x 188 inches (shelf)
Courtesy of the artist and Bortolami Gallery


David Lamelas
Argentine, born 1946, active in Los Angeles, Buenos Aires, and Paris
A Study of the Relationships between Inner and Outer Space, 1969
16mm black-and-white film, sound; 19:35 min. loop
Courtesy of the artist, Jan Mot, and Sprüth Magers


Josephine Pryde
British, born 1967, active in London and Berlin
Dimmable Lights Level 2, one of 10 from a series of 32, 2014
10 C-prints, 31 ¼ x 24 2/3 inches each (framed)
Courtesy of the artist and Reena Spaulings Fine Art


Cameron Rowland
American, born 1988, active in New York
Insurance, 2015
Lashing bars, Lloyd’s Register certificates
102 x 96 x 11 ½ inches
Courtesy of the artist and Essex Street


Lloyd’s of London monopolized the marine insurance of the slave trade by the early 18th Century. Lloyd’s Register was established in 1760 as the first classification society in order to provide insurance underwriters information on the quality of vessels. The classification of the ship allows for a more accurate assessment of its risk. Lloyd’s Register and other classification societies continue to survey and certify shipping vessels and their equipment. Lashing equipment physically secures goods to the deck of the ship, while its certification is established to insure the value of the goods regardless of their potential loss.


Registration Details
SCA Members at 2016 Annual Meeting / Acquisition Vote