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Museum of Contemporary Art

The Propeller Group

“Are you ready to see the M16 exhibit?” I heard distinctly as I finished fastening the admissions tag to myself. As the enthused visitors scurried ahead of me into the Propeller Group’s exhibition at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA), I couldn’t help but wonder why they were so eager to lay eyes on an instrument of war. They would not, of course, see an actual M16 or AK-47, but rather a series of representations of them—as a drawing in a movie, or an implication in the…

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