Jeff Wall's "Flooded Grave," hangs on the east wall of the first floor of the Modern Wing. I found its illuminated, surreal setting of sea life growing in a dug grave provocative and stirring. You might overlook the piece as it's kind of tucked under the grand staircase, but it serves as an enticing tease before entering the photography gallery.
Location: First Floor
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Jeff Wall, Canadian, born 1946. The Flooded Grave, 1998-2000. Silver dye bleach transparency in light box. 89 15/16 x 111 in. (228.5 x 282 cm) The Art Institute of Chicago, promised gift of Pamela J. and Michael N. Alper; Claire and Gordon Prussian Fund for Contemporary Art; Harold L. Stuart Endowment; through prior acquisitions of the Mary and Leigh Block Collection. Copyright: Jeff Wall