On Saturday, Feb. 23, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, 220 E. Chicago Ave., will open "Laurie Simmons: Big Camera/Little Camera," the first major survey of the work of artist Laurie Simmons.
During the run of this exhibition, and in honor of Simmons' activism to expose inequality across the lines of gender, sexuality, and race, the MCA will be offering $12 admission to any visitor who has been affected by the gender pay gap.
The $12 represents about 81 percent of the regular $15 admission priceapproximate to the average pay gap that women experience in the United States. This percentage was determined using data from the Institute for Women's Policy Research.
A press release stated, "This comprehensive exhibition shows how Simmons's work upended traditional ideas of photography in a career-long exploration of image culture, using fictional scenes to mirror and unsettle the American dream of prosperity and domesticity. The resulting works turn a critical eye on symbols that dominated the era of her upbringing, including archetypal gender roles, such as the 1950s housewife and the Wild West cowboy."
See MCAChicago.org .