At MCA Chicago’s latest blockbuster, there’s more to comics than just the funnies

The parallels between architecture and comics have not gone unremarked upon. There is, of course, a shared proclivity for world-building, as well as a reliance on grid, contour, line. But there’s one other point of commonality: both mediums tend to suffer when transplanted to the gallery context. That Chicago Comics: 1960 to Now, open at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago through October 3, manages to avoid this fate is thanks, in large part, to the exhibition design by Chicago- and New Orleans–based architecture firm Norman Kelley.

Using the subtlest applications of color and depth, architects Thomas Kelley and Carrie Norman have wrangled curator Dan Nadel’s kaleidoscopic vision into

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