Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago The MCA Chicago is an innovative and compelling center of contemporary art where the public can directly experience the work and ideas of living artists.
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One of the nation’s largest facilities devoted to the art of our time, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago offers exhibitions of the most thought-provoking art created since 1945. MCA Chicago documents contemporary visual culture through painting, sculpture, photography, video and film, and performance. Located in the heart of downtown Chicago, the MCA boasts a gift store, bookstore, restaurant, 300-seat theater, and a terraced sculpture garden with a great view of Lake Michigan.

Mission: The MCA is an innovative and compelling center of contemporary art where the public can experience the work and ideas of living artists, and understand the historical, social and cultural context of the art of our time. The museum boldly interweaves exhibitions, performances, collections, and educational programs to excite, challenge, and illuminate our visitors and offer insight into the creative process. The MCA engages diverse audiences and creates a sense of community by providing a place to contemplate and discuss contemporary art and culture and issues of our day.

Wishing you a powerful and proud Juneteenth weekend! Celebrate and study intersectionally with pins by Chicago's own Ref...
06/20/2020

Wishing you a powerful and proud Juneteenth weekend! Celebrate and study intersectionally with pins by Chicago's own Reformed School - Chicago, a book of Butch Heroes, and the 25th anniversary edition of Angelou and Basquiat's illustrated poetry! Pride is at the MCA Store online: https://bit.ly/2CouRmS

Join us next week, Saturday, June 27, for Kiki in the Commons Online, a panel + performances that will "consider how dra...
06/18/2020
Kiki in the Commons Online | Various locations throughout Chicago | LGBTQ+ in Chicago

Join us next week, Saturday, June 27, for Kiki in the Commons Online, a panel + performances that will "consider how drag can exist in art museums and how performers are adapting to virtual performances as live venues remain closed!"

Learn more + RSVP: https://bit.ly/KikiInTheCommons

Chicago drag performers Irregular Girl, Kelly Boner, Lucy Stoole and Pastiche get together for a conversation about the drag as an art form and its relationship

This Friday is Juneteenth, a holiday commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. Find ways to celebrate fo...
06/17/2020
7 Juneteenth Events for Chicago Families

This Friday is Juneteenth, a holiday commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. Find ways to celebrate for the whole family thanks to Chicago Parent!

Celebrate Freedom Day with kids on June 19.

Congratulations to all the new Leaders for a New Chicago named by The Field Foundation of Illinois, including friends of...
06/16/2020
11 Chicagoans each awarded $50,000 by Field Foundation for the plans they have to make a difference in the city

Congratulations to all the new Leaders for a New Chicago named by The Field Foundation of Illinois, including friends of the MCA Faheem Majeed of The Floating Museum, Ryan Keesling of Free Write Arts & Literacy, Hoda Katebi of Blue Tin Production Co-op, and Elijah McKinnon of Reunion Chicago and OTV - Open Television.

The Field Foundation named its newest winners for the Leaders for a New Chicago award. The awards are part of Field’s ongoing investment in racial justice visionaries and organizations addressing systemic issues in Chicago’s divested communities

Wishing a Happy Fathers Day to you and the Dads in your life! Celebrate Fathers day with gifts that promote contemplatio...
06/13/2020

Wishing a Happy Fathers Day to you and the Dads in your life! Celebrate Fathers day with gifts that promote contemplation and togetherness. Free gift wrap and free standard shipping over $20 for members.
https://bit.ly/2XFgS33

Tomorrow, the Black drag community of Chicago will be leading the March for Change. We're excited that friends and past ...
06/13/2020
No Pride Parade this summer, but a drag queen’s Black Lives Matter march in Boystown on Sunday is drawing interest from thousands

Tomorrow, the Black drag community of Chicago will be leading the March for Change. We're excited that friends and past artist collaborators of the MCA like Lucy Stoole and Shea Couleé are among the leaders! Check out this Chicago Tribune interview with Jo Mama, one of the organizers of the March.

We are sharing this article as part of our commitment to greater equity, empathy, and justice across our programs, operations, and workplace to dismantle systemic racism. We want to use our platform to uplift Black voices and organizations.

Meet Jo Mama, the Chicago drag queen who is leading a Black Lives Matter protest march in Boystown on Sunday. Thousands have expressed interest in going.

The MCA Chicago stands in solidarity with Black communities and protesters in denouncing racial injustice. We honor the ...
06/05/2020

The MCA Chicago stands in solidarity with Black communities and protesters in denouncing racial injustice. We honor the lives of Tony McDade, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and many others who have been unjustly killed by racial violence. We hear you calling out for us to consider what a relationship with the CPD means for this museum and for our larger Chicago community. The MCA is not engaged in any current contracts, ongoing contracts, or special services with the Chicago Police Department (CPD), nor does it fund the CPD.

We commit to greater equity, empathy, and justice across our programs, operations, and workplace to dismantle systemic racism. We recognize that we do not have all the tools to do that work alone and, before we go any further in words and actions, we need to work on ourselves first. We pledge to continue public programs that enable us to listen and learn from you. We promise that this is ongoing work we will pursue with vulnerability and courage. Black lives matter.

Artists have always been important interpreters of society and soothsayers on our future. Chicago artist Nick Cave made ...
06/01/2020

Artists have always been important interpreters of society and soothsayers on our future.

Chicago artist Nick Cave made his first "soundsuit" as a way to process the beating of Rodney King by police in 1992 and has made more than 500 of these sculptures since then.

This one, "Speak Louder," is a powerful statement for this tumultuous moment, figures with megaphone-like heads joined together to project their voices as a collective whole.

We honor the peaceful protestors who are using their collective voices to call out injustice.

Celebrate Pride month with the MCA! We have inspiring books on Queer history, gifts designed by intersectional artists, ...
05/30/2020

Celebrate Pride month with the MCA! We have inspiring books on Queer history, gifts designed by intersectional artists, and Pride-inspired products that benefit LGBTQ organizations. Plus your purchase supports education and programming at the MCA! Shop Rainbow: https://bit.ly/3eDcXux

Listen now to Soundtrack: Ayana Contreras, exclusively streaming on the MCA's website! The host of Reclaimed Soul with A...
05/29/2020
Soundtrack: Ayana Contreras

Listen now to Soundtrack: Ayana Contreras, exclusively streaming on the MCA's website! The host of Reclaimed Soul with Ayana Contreras responds to the exhibition "Duro Olowu: Seeing Chicago" with a set of soulful deep cuts focusing on Chicago’s cultural and music history.

Contemporary sound-based artists transform your MCA experience on select Fridays with custom soundtracks reflecting their perspective of works on view. DJ sets and live bands occupy spaces in the museum as the building itself amplifies their sound constructions. For this virtual event, Ayana Contrer...

Need the perfect gift for your grad? The MCA Store is featured in this Chicago Tribune list of the "Best Graduation Gift...
05/28/2020
Best graduation gifts for 2020

Need the perfect gift for your grad? The MCA Store is featured in this Chicago Tribune list of the "Best Graduation Gifts for 2020!"

Shop the MCA Store: https://bit.ly/3d9pg1e

Celebrate your grad's accomplishments with these great gifts.

Check out this open zine call for artists living and working in the United States who have been financially impacted by ...
05/27/2020
"Impossible Sites," a COVID-19 Artist Relief Award, Is Open for Submissions

Check out this open zine call for artists living and working in the United States who have been financially impacted by COVID-19!

The nomadic art museum Black Cube will select five sketch submissions from US-based artists, who will be included in an online zine and awarded $650 each. The deadline to apply is June 5.

"I believe it is precisely in times of crisis that art achieves its most profound meaning." - Doris SalcedoIn 2015, the ...
05/26/2020
Opinion | Naming the Disappeared, Raising the Dead

"I believe it is precisely in times of crisis that art achieves its most profound meaning." - Doris Salcedo

In 2015, the MCA presented the first retrospective of the work of Doris Salcedo. Learn more: http://bit.ly/324BZf6

Art can give witness to those who governments have tried to erase from history.

Find your inner peace with a puzzle by Piecework. Designed to bring people together and enjoy the present moment. These ...
05/23/2020

Find your inner peace with a puzzle by Piecework. Designed to bring people together and enjoy the present moment. These puzzles are bright with saturated colors and full of humorous details. Swipe up to shop puzzles online: https://bit.ly/3bVEpBI

Have you checked out the MCA's #elearning resources yet? The latest CONSIDER activity opens up works currently on view i...
05/22/2020
CONSIDER: The Frame, Your Body, Residue

Have you checked out the MCA's #elearning resources yet? The latest CONSIDER activity opens up works currently on view in "Duro Olowu: Seeing Chicago" for creative thinking and personal connection.

We're excited to share that our exhibition catalogue for Virgil Abloh: "Figures of Speech" won the 50 Books | 50 Covers ...
05/20/2020
Virgil Abloh ‘Figures of Speech’ Book Receives Award for Design

We're excited to share that our exhibition catalogue for Virgil Abloh: "Figures of Speech" won the 50 Books | 50 Covers award from AIGA | the professional association for design!

The title recognized for its design chronicled Abloh’s works in fashion, architecture and art.

05/20/2020
Virtual Event: Dialogue Keynote: Kerby Jean-Raymond

The MCA's 2020 Dialogue Series asks, what does inheritance mean in the public sphere? In this culminating keynote, designer Kerby Jean-Raymond addresses the audience with a keynote presentation on inheriting creative legacies and leads an immersive discussion that imagines our collective future.

Today is #InternationalMuseumDay and this year's theme is Museums for Equality: Diversity and Inclusion. To celebrate, w...
05/18/2020
BBC Radio 4 - An Alternative History of Art, Elizabeth Catlett

Today is #InternationalMuseumDay and this year's theme is Museums for Equality: Diversity and Inclusion. To celebrate, we're listening to MCA Senior Curator Naomi Beckwith's appearance on BBC Radio 4's "An Alternative History of Art" to talk about her work expanding the canon.

Naomi Beckwith examines the overlooked printmaker and sculptor Elizabeth Catlett.

Trick out your WFH setup with gear that's designed for fun and function. Check out our finds to help you Create, Cogitat...
05/16/2020

Trick out your WFH setup with gear that's designed for fun and function. Check out our finds to help you Create, Cogitate, and Hydrate during the week, so you can make the most of your weekend. Shop WFH at the MCA STore online: https://bit.ly/2WyKKP7

05/15/2020
Watch Party: What Remains

Thanks for joining MCA Chicago’s Watch Party of What Remains by Claudia Rankine and Will Rawls. Artist guide Joelle Mercedes will chat live throughout the performance. Post your thoughts and questions in the comments, and stay tuned after the performance for a brief post-show question-and-answer session. For program notes and further reading, visit https://mcachicago.org/Publications/Blog/2020/Art-Apart-An-Opportunity-To-Look-And-Then-Look-Again.

Performed by Leslie Cuyjet, Jessica Pretty, Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste, and Tara Aisha WillisThe piece was produced by Live Arts Bard.�

Did you miss "What Remains" during its original run in 2018? Watch an archival recording of it along with us on Facebook...
05/15/2020
It's not a poetry reading or a typical dance, and 'What Remains' wasn't made for Chicago — but it feels like it was

Did you miss "What Remains" during its original run in 2018? Watch an archival recording of it along with us on Facebook Live at Watch Party: Claudia Rankine and Will Rawls, What Remains tonight!

REVIEW: “What Remains” at the MCA Warehouse (3 stars) .. Multidisciplinary dance work by choreographer Will Rawls and poet Claudia Rankine is in an industrial space west of Chicago. It borrows pieces of Rankine’s “Citizen: An American Lyric,” about aggressions toward African-Americans.

05/14/2020
DuSable Bridge 100th Anniversary

Today is the 100th Anniversary of the DuSable Bridge, the iconic bridge on the Magnificent Mile! Check out this video from The Magnificent Mile celebrating the occasion, featuring Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot!

This is "DuSable Bridge 100th Anniversary" by Born Ready Films on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them.

Join us this Frdiay for Watch Party: Claudia Rankine and Will Rawls, What Remains and check out this MCA Blog post to le...
05/13/2020
Art Apart: An Opportunity to Look, then Look Again

Join us this Frdiay for Watch Party: Claudia Rankine and Will Rawls, What Remains and check out this MCA Blog post to learn more about the event!

Art Apart is a series that displays how art can connect us, even at a distance. Whether by phone, internet, or other means, art can be more than what hangs on the wall.

Need streaming recommendations on films about artists and the art world? ARTnews has you covered!
05/12/2020
The Top Ten Streaming Films About Artists

Need streaming recommendations on films about artists and the art world? ARTnews has you covered!

Some are works of fiction, some are ostensibly nonfiction, but all ten, without preciousness or corniness, present artistry as a kind of unsolvable riddle.

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220 E Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL
60611

The MCA Chicago is located four blocks east of the Chicago Avenue subway stop on the CTA Red Line and is easily accessible by the #3 King Drive, #10 Museum of Science and Industry, and #66 Chicago Avenue buses, as well as several Michigan Avenue bus routes. Chicago Transit Authority Take the CTA to the MCA. For routes, schedules, and fares, call Chicago Transit Authority Travel Information at 312.836.7000.

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