With its title taken from a signature work by Bruce Nauman, Life, Death, Love, Hate ,Pleasure, Pain presents a selection of approximately 190 works from the collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. A wide-ranging, insightful survey, arranged in roughly chronological order, it features work by such artists as Vito Acconci, Magdalena Abakanowicz, Francis Bacon, Matthew Barney, Joseph, Beuys, Christo, Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle, KerryJames Marshall, Mariko Mori, Martin Puryear, Richard Serra, Yinka Shonibare, and H. C. Westermann. In an introductory essay, chief curator Elizabeth Smith discusses key trends in art from World War II to the present and provides a brief history of the MCA and its collection. Additional, accessible short texts by the curatorial staff of the MCA focus on individual works. Artists Include: Ann Hamilton, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Jenny Holzer, Max Ernst, Cady Noland, Jeanne Dunning, Jean Dubuffet, Chuck Close, Christo , Alexander Calder, Joseph Beuys, Bernd & Hilla Becher, Matthew Barney, Francis Bacon, Dan Flavin, Adrian Piper and Vito Acconci, amongst many others. Essays by Lynne Warren, Elizabeth A. T. Smith, Alison Pearlman, Julie Rodrigues, Francesco Bonami, Staci Boris, Sylvia Chivaratanond, Monika Gehlawat, Lela Hersh, Dominic Molon, Heather Ring, Michael Rooks, Jenni Sorkin, and Tricia Van Eck. Foreword by Robert Fitzpatrick.