The gods have a funny of way of keeping us humble. We can’t get too cocky, or presumptuous, or arrogant. So they keep us in check by, oh I don’t know, giving us a sibling who is clearly better looking, or worse- having an ex marry someone who is much better looking than us. Thankfully, I never have to worry about either, which is why I have been walking all around town with an ego big enough to be mistaken for implants. But alas, my complacency came to a cruel and abrupt end last week when I chipped my tooth, and instantly looked homeless. Yep, that bad. No smiling for me, let alone karaoke.
Which is fine, because a great space where keeping my mouth shut and my newfound snaggle tooth from showing is the Museum of Contemporary Arts latest show- Exposed. The show–which I have already visited twice and will probably continue to stalk until I have memorized the size of each one (love is love) showcases the best that the famed Chicago institution has to offer. Highlights include works by Lorna Simpson, Rineke Dijkstra, David Robbins, Gillian Wearing, Jeff Wall, Sam Taylor-Wood, Cindy Sherman, Rashid Johnson and Andres Serrano. Curatorially, the show makes as much sense as wearing banana leaves to the opera, but the collection is so impressive that you almost don’t notice. Keep in mind that Tuesdays are free and the museum is also open until eight. So forget your hotter younger sibling, your current-reality-star ex, and your deformed canines, and allow yourself to draw inspiration–and humility–from a truly beautiful place.