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The first major survey of Howardena Pindell’s work brings the sporting life to the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. 

Howardena Pindell’s work “Untitled (Baseball)” will be on display at the MCA this spring. 


Howardena Pindell, the artist whose work will comprise What Remains To Be Seen, the Museum of Contemporary Art’s next big show, “provides another history of American art,” says curator Naomi Beckwith. Born in pre-civil rights Philadelphia to an African-American family obsessed with Jackie Robinson-era baseball, Pindell has frequently found inspiration in the movements of sports, translating them into abstract works. The new exhibition, the artist’s first major survey, invites audiences to dive into a true experimenter’s half-century journey of tackling societal ills such as sexism and racism in part through examining the deep societal bonds of sports. “Her experiments are radical art practices,” says Beckwith. “But in another way, they allow her to speak to a broader audience.” Feb. 24-May 20, 5220 E. Chicago Ave.