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Brendan Fernandes: A Call and Response at the MCA

This summer, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago presents Brendan Fernandes: A Call and Response, a dance-based installation comprised of interactive sculptures and a series of prompts for audiences to perform choreographed movements in the museum’s Commons. It opens Tuesday, June 18, and continues through October 13, 2019. Visitors respond to cures such as, “hide in the landscape,” “make eye contact,” “call and respond,” or “sway, softly,” encouraging spontaneous interactions with other visitors. The installation’s built structures such as swings and a plinth invite participants to explore the ways that daily movements can convey meaning and move other bodies in social spaces. Professional dancers join visitors in open rehearsals, creating new choreography throughout the run of the exhibition, in addition to scheduled performances and dialogues. Brendan Fernandes: A Call and Response takes place in the MCA Commons space and is organized by January Parkos Arnall, Curator of Public Programs, with Christy LeMaster, Assistant Curator of Public Programs. The Museum of Contemporary Art is located at 220 E. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL. For more information, call 312-280-2660 or visit

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