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.

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Show your love for every mom in your life with the gift of bold design! Now through May 9, members save 20% on everythin...
05/01/2021

Show your love for every mom in your life with the gift of bold design! Now through May 9, members save 20% on everything. Shop online or in-person. Order by May 2 for delivery by Mother’s Day. Shop now: https://bit.ly/3v76Syy

It's the final weekend to see "The Long Dream," featuring work by over 70 Chicago artists, inviting you  to see the city...
04/30/2021

It's the final weekend to see "The Long Dream," featuring work by over 70 Chicago artists, inviting you to see the city of Chicago, the world, and yourself in new ways.
More info + tickets: https://bit.ly/35ECamT

Now on view: "Emerge Selections 2021" features three works selected by the Emerge group, one of which will join the MCA ...
04/27/2021
EMERGE SELECTIONS 2021

Now on view: "Emerge Selections 2021" features three works selected by the Emerge group, one of which will join the MCA Collection after a vote by the group. On view for a limited time until May 13, learn more: https://bit.ly/3dJLhq0

04/26/2021

The weather is warming up this week just in time for the final week of "The Long Dream." Visit the museum to see the exhibition, or visit a @chicagoparks near you to experience "Invisible Museums of the Unseen," by @jeanetteandrewsmagic, an app-based audio artwork that's part of the exhibition but can only be accessed virtually. Download the @gesso.app to access the work and see the parks.

It's the final week to see "The Long Dream," which includes the work of over 70 Chicago artists. Can't make it into the ...
04/25/2021
The Long Dream

It's the final week to see "The Long Dream," which includes the work of over 70 Chicago artists. Can't make it into the galleries? There's plenty to explore online, including an online video gallery, a curator's tour, the Label Writing Project, and more: https://bit.ly/35ECamT

Against the backdrop of a global pandemic and a renewed reckoning over racial justice and inequality, The Long Dream invites visitors to see the city of Chicago, the world, and themselves, through the eyes of more than 70 local artists whose work offers us ways to imagine a more equitable and interc...

Treat all the mothers in your life to some pampering! Now through May 9, MCA Members enjoy 20% off at the MCA Store. Sho...
04/24/2021

Treat all the mothers in your life to some pampering! Now through May 9, MCA Members enjoy 20% off at the MCA Store. Shop in-person or online and order by May 2 for delivery by May 9. Find more for Mom: https://bit.ly/2KAPKMx

Take a deeper look into Tania Pérez Córdova's "breakthrough" 2017 exhibition "Smoke, nearby," with this Art in America f...
04/23/2021
Puzzles and Promises

Take a deeper look into Tania Pérez Córdova's "breakthrough" 2017 exhibition "Smoke, nearby," with this Art in America feature.

Tania Pérez Córdova’s enigmatic sculptures are a response to the materials and circumstances of their own making.

If you're a fan of artist Henry Darger, a new short film inspired by Darger's art and set of podcasts with his neighbors...
04/21/2021

If you're a fan of artist Henry Darger, a new short film inspired by Darger's art and set of podcasts with his neighbors has just been released.
Explore it all online: http://outsideronline.co/

If you're a fan of artist Henry Darger, a new short film inspired by Darger's art and set of podcasts with his neighbors has just been released.
Explore it all online: http://outsideronline.co/

Our friends at Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art are accepting applications for a paid summer fellowship...
04/19/2021
Intuit Summer Fellowship - Intuit

Our friends at Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art are accepting applications for a paid summer fellowship, open to BIPOC college students or just recently graduated. See their website for details and to apply: https://www.art.org/intuit-summer-fellowship/

INTUIT SUMMER FELLOWSHIP Aiming to encourage greater diversity in the museum field, the Intuit Summer Fellowship Program is a summer work opportunity for students enrolled in state, city and community colleges in Chicago from backgrounds that have traditionally been underrepresented…

Plant the planet! Celebrate Earth Day and go green with innovative ideas for indoor gardening, or grow your ambition wit...
04/18/2021

Plant the planet! Celebrate Earth Day and go green with innovative ideas for indoor gardening, or grow your ambition with an urban vegetable patch. Shop the MCA Store for fun and earthy gifts: https://bit.ly/2QtXLcm

#OTVTonight is streaming live on the OTV - Open Television app! Head to bit.ly/otvtonight to watch live or download the ...
04/18/2021
#OTVTonight: The Art of TV - Front and Center - OTV | Open Television

#OTVTonight is streaming live on the OTV - Open Television app!

Head to bit.ly/otvtonight to watch live or download the app on iOS, Android, Apple TV, Amazon Fire, or Roku! Search OTV Open Television.

The intersectional Late Show #OTVTonight is back with another magical premiere to kick off OTV ‘s sixth cycle of programming. Hosted by our Founders, Elijah McKinnon and Dr. Aymar Jean Christian, tap in as they lead us on a journey exploring the ART OF TV through dynamic conversations, experiment....

Two great streaming events today:At 1 pm CT on @MCAChicago's Instagram Live, join a Virtual Studio Visit with artist Ner...
04/17/2021
#OTVTONIGHT 2021 (OFFICIAL TRAILER)

Two great streaming events today:
At 1 pm CT on @MCAChicago's Instagram Live, join a Virtual Studio Visit with artist Nereida Patricia and Teen Creative Agency at MCA Chicago member Daniela Loza.
At 8 pm CT on Facebook Live, join OTV - Open Television for their new cycle of intentional and intersectional takes on late night tv in #OTVTonight: The ART OF TV.

The intersectional Late Show #OTVTonight is back with another magical premiere to kick off OTV ‘s sixth cycle of programming. Hosted by our Founders, Elijah…

Tomorrow at 1 pm, join us on Instagram Live (we're @mcachicago there too) as artist Nereida Patricia speaks with Daniela...
04/16/2021
Virtual Studio Visit: Nereida Patricia

Tomorrow at 1 pm, join us on Instagram Live (we're @mcachicago there too) as artist Nereida Patricia speaks with Daniela Loza, a member of the Teen Creative Agency at MCA Chicago, about her work on view in The Long Dream exhibition, trans myth-making, performance, and world building. Learn more: https://mcachicago.org/Calendar/2021/04/Virtual-Studio-Visit-Nereida-Patricia

Artist Nereida Patricia speaks with Daniela Loza, first-year member of the MCA’s Teen Creative Agency, about her work on view in The Long Dream exhibition, trans myth-making, performance, and world building. Read the wall label Daniela wrote about Nereida's piece, Ms. Colombia, as a part of The Lo...

Get a sneak peek of the new cycle of intersectional programming from OTV - Open Television today at 1 pm CT on Instagram...
04/13/2021
#OTVTONIGHT 2021 (OFFICIAL TRAILER)

Get a sneak peek of the new cycle of intersectional programming from OTV - Open Television today at 1 pm CT on Instagram Live (we're @mcachicago there too.) Then join us on Saturday evening for #OTVTonight: The ART OF TV: http://bit.ly/otvtonight21

The intersectional Late Show #OTVTonight is back with another magical premiere to kick off OTV ‘s sixth cycle of programming. Hosted by our Founders, Elijah…

Available now for pre-order, "KAWS What Party,"  takes you behind the scenes with this iconic artist, featuring sketches...
04/12/2021

Available now for pre-order, "KAWS What Party," takes you behind the scenes with this iconic artist, featuring sketches, preparatory drawings, and never-before-seen images. Order this limited-release colorway now at the MCA Store: https://bit.ly/2RbUQVR

“Perhaps, the MCA is proving its overriding point: that it is an institution trying to change and asking its communities...
04/11/2021
Column: MCA’s ‘The Long Dream’ intended to address inequity through art. But it has become about the museum itself.

“Perhaps, the MCA is proving its overriding point: that it is an institution trying to change and asking its communities to have faith in the sincerity of its effort.”
Read the Chicago Tribune's overview of "The Long Dream."

“How do we address what have been ongoing and long-term issues in this country?” The exhibit was, on paper, a savvy, almost ideal answer to the range of issues that confronted the MCA, just as those issues have confronted many other old-line cultural institutions across Chicago and the nation. S...

With rain in the forecast, Modern Luxury Chicago Social knows where to spend some time indoors.
04/10/2021
19 Fun Things To Do In Chicago On A Cold Or Rainy Day

With rain in the forecast, Modern Luxury Chicago Social knows where to spend some time indoors.

Don't let the rain or cold ruin your perfect Chicago day. These options are fun—both with and without bad weather—and with the Windy City's unpredictable patterns, play it safe with these fabulous activities.

Protecting the environment starts at home! Discover sustainable alternatives, like ethically-made beeswax wrap, reusable...
04/09/2021

Protecting the environment starts at home! Discover sustainable alternatives, like ethically-made beeswax wrap, reusable and pretty glass straws, and eco-friendly options for lunch on the go. Sign up to receive text messages from the MCA and receive a 15% off coupon on your next purchase: https://bit.ly/3u4uHGH

On view now at the MCA, Christina Quarles also just opened her first solo exhibition in Asia. Read more about "Christina...
04/07/2021
Artist captures universal experience in body paintings- China.org.cn

On view now at the MCA, Christina Quarles also just opened her first solo exhibition in Asia. Read more about "Christina Quarles: Dance by tha Light of tha Moon," at the X Museum in Beijing.

In psychedelic colors, a couple of limbs and torsos collide and entwine with each other, refusing to be locked by the frame of the canvas.

“It got me thinking about using the materiality of painting to bring up questions of what is invisible and what is neutr...
04/05/2021
Christina Quarles Will Make You Question Everything You Know About Identity

“It got me thinking about using the materiality of painting to bring up questions of what is invisible and what is neutral.” —Christina Quarles.

Learn more about the artist and her exhibition, now on view.

The painter, whose work is currently on display at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, uses her multilayered canvases to challenge notions of identity.

The MCA Store loves Plan Toys! Charming toys made from sustainable rubberwood and colored with non-toxic water-based pig...
04/03/2021

The MCA Store loves Plan Toys! Charming toys made from sustainable rubberwood and colored with non-toxic water-based pigments help develop hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills. Truly next generation! Sign up to receive text messages from the MCA and receive a 15% off coupon on your next purchase: https://bit.ly/3sAimK8

Alert the pod and plan your snacks: on April 17 at 8 pm CT OTV - Open Television is back to explore THE ART OF TV. Join ...
04/01/2021
#OTVTonight: The ART OF TV

Alert the pod and plan your snacks: on April 17 at 8 pm CT OTV - Open Television is back to explore THE ART OF TV. Join an evening of experimental activations, intergalactic performances, and more.
RSVP: https://bit.ly/3cxANIn

The intersectional Late Show #OTVTonight you're obsessed with is back to kick off OTV ‘s sixth cycle of programming.

03/30/2021
Talk: Dan Peterman on Sulfur Cycle 2.0

Chicago artist Dan Peterman's latest exhibition at the MCA digs below the surface of the gallery walls to reveal parts of the museum itself built from fossil fuels. The exhibition traces specific materials across time while also considering the broader environmental and economic systems at play.

For this talk, Peterman is joined in conversation with exhibition curator Jack Schneider as they take us on a journey to discover the impact of fossil fuels in the daily environments we occupy. The discussion will trace the path of Peterman's work and thinking on this project from the original Sulfur Cycle presentation at the MCA in 1994 toward the current presentation 26 years later.

MCA Talks highlight cutting-edge thinking and contemporary art practices across disciplines. This presentation is organized by exhibition curator Jack Schneider, with the Performance and Public Practice team.

Today at noon CT, join us on Facebook Live with artist Dan Peterman and curator Jack Schneider for a discussion on "Sulf...
03/30/2021
Talk: Dan Peterman on Sulfur Cycle 2.0

Today at noon CT, join us on Facebook Live with artist Dan Peterman and curator Jack Schneider for a discussion on "Sulfur Cycle 2.0" and the impact of fossil fuels in the daily environments we occupy, including the museum. More info: https://mcachicago.org/Calendar/2021/03/Talk-Dan-Peterman-On-Sulfur-Cycle-20

Chicago artist Dan Peterman's latest exhibition at the MCA digs below the surface of the gallery walls to reveal parts of the museum itself built from fossil fuels. The exhibition traces specific materials across time while also considering the broader environmental and economic systems at play. For...

With four pieces in the MCA Collection and featured in our 2015-16 exhibition "Surrealism: The Conjured Life," learn mor...
03/28/2021
How Gertrude Abercrombie Cultivated Her Own Surrealist Language

With four pieces in the MCA Collection and featured in our 2015-16 exhibition "Surrealism: The Conjured Life," learn more about Chicago surrealist Gertrude Abercrombie who is finally gaining wider recognition.

The artist’s oneiric paintings will be the subject of a 2021 exhibition at the Carnegie Museum of Art.

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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.

Opening Hours

Tuesday 10:00 - 21:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 10:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(312) 280-2660

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