2018 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 2018: a video installation by Gretchen Bender (American, 1951-2004), thirty works on paper by Gordon Bennett (Australian, 1955-2014),  six works on paper by Geta Brătescu (Romanian, born 1926), an installation by Tom Burr (American, born 1963), and a painting by Adam Pendleton (American, born 1984).


An exhibition of the acquisition finalists will be on view in the Stanley McCormick Memorial Court North Garden and in the Modern Wing at the Art Institute of Chicago May 5 – August 15, 2018.


On May 9, Society for Contemporary Art members will be invited to hear presentations and will select one artwork to purchase this year. Please be aware that you must be a member in good standing to attend and vote. Couples may share a single membership vote. Absentee ballots will only be available May 7-9. Please email info@scaaic.org for more information on absentee ballots.


Sponsored by Sotheby’s




Gretchen Bender
American, 1951-2004
Total Recall, 1987
8-channel video installation, 24 monitors, 3 projections, color, sound
18 minutes
Installation view at Tate Liverpool, Liverpool, England, 2014
Courtesy of the Gretchen Bender Estate and OSMOS, New York. Photo: Jason Mandella.



Gordon Bennett
Australian, 1955-2014
Notepad Drawings, 1995
Watercolor, gouache, ink, and ballpoint on paper
30 pieces, 8 x 5 inches each
(One of thirty pieces)
Courtesy of Milani Gallery, Brisbane




Geta Brătescu
Romanian, born 1926
Axia The Studio, 1970
21 ¼ x 13 inches
(One of six from The Studio series)
Courtesy of Ivan Gallery, Bucharest




Tom Burr
American, born 1963
The Railings (May, 1970), 2017
Blackened steel, polished steel etched with Jean Genet’s 1970 “May Day Speech,” tempered glass
23 panels: 42 inches x 104 feet overall
Courtesy of Bortolami Gallery, New York




Adam Pendleton
American, born 1984
Black Dada (D), 2017-2018
Silkscreen ink on canvas
Two panels: 48 x 76 x 1 ½ inches each; 96 x 76 x 1 ½ inches overall
Courtesy of Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago

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