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.

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Take advantage of the nice weather and explore "Invisible Museums of the Unseen!" This is an interactive experience by J...
11/07/2020
Visiting Invisible Museums

Take advantage of the nice weather and explore "Invisible Museums of the Unseen!" This is an interactive experience by Jeanette Andrews that is available in Chicago parks and is hosted on the Gesso app. Find instructions and more in this MCA Blog psot!

11/06/2020
Talk: Reimagining Monuments

On the opening weekend of The Long Dream, join exhibition artists Tonika Lewis Johnson, Max Guy, and Chris Pappan (Kanza/Osage, Lakota) for a discussion moderated by cultural activist and Executive Director of the National Public Housing Museum, Dr. Lisa Yun Lee.

“I really didn’t want it to be about the screen,” Yanira Castro said about adapting a work for the pandemic. Instead, sh...
11/05/2020
Make Some Noise and Move: A Choreographer Provides Instructions

“I really didn’t want it to be about the screen,” Yanira Castro said about adapting a work for the pandemic. Instead, she made scores to try at home.

Purchase "Last Audience: a performance manual" here: https://bit.ly/2Hj59CP

“I really didn’t want it to be about the screen,” Yanira Castro said about adapting a work for the pandemic. Instead, she made scores to try at home.

It's Election Day! If you're voting in-person today, know your rights before heading to the polls. Polls in Chicago clos...
11/03/2020
Planning to vote in person this year? What Illinois voters should know before heading to the polls.

It's Election Day! If you're voting in-person today, know your rights before heading to the polls. Polls in Chicago close at 7 pm.

Check your voting registration + how to vote, wherever you are in the US: https://www.vote.org/

Early voting in Illinois is underway. While a record-setting number of people have applied for a mail-in ballot in Illinois, scores of voters across the state have ventured out of their homes to cast an in-person ballot for the Nov. 3 general election.From Cairo to Galena, nearly 120,000 voters acro...

The clock is ticking and Election Day is coming up fast! This election is your opportunity to make your individual voice...
11/02/2020

The clock is ticking and Election Day is coming up fast! This election is your opportunity to make your individual voice heard; the MCA is supporting the independent voices of our staff by providing them time to participate in the election or volunteer in support of it. Find out your voting options—from ballot drop-off, to polling sites—at vote.org

Find out what Shea Couleé and Virgil Abloh would do if they were president for a day!
11/02/2020
What would you do if you were president for a day?

Find out what Shea Couleé and Virgil Abloh would do if they were president for a day!

As the election of a lifetime approaches, Virgil Abloh, Ashnikko, Drakeo, Shea Couleé, and more discuss what’s at stake, what they’d do in the White House, and the state of the American dream

Our recent, exclusive collaboration with multidisciplinary Chicago artist Brandon Breaux was inspired by the MCA experie...
10/31/2020

Our recent, exclusive collaboration with multidisciplinary Chicago artist Brandon Breaux was inspired by the MCA experience and our physical blueprint — but it grew into a meditation on dedicating ourselves to revelatory representation, equitable access, and safe space. Learn more about Brandon Breaux x MCA Chicago: https://bit.ly/32J7Bt9

The clock is ticking and #ElectionDay is coming up fast! planyourvote.org is a 2020 visual arts initiative from vote.org...
10/30/2020

The clock is ticking and #ElectionDay is coming up fast! planyourvote.org is a 2020 visual arts initiative from vote.org that harnesses the power of art to promote and encourage citizens to exercise their right to #vote, featuring new art works from contemporary artists, like this one by Laurie Simmons!

10/29/2020
SCREAMING: A Spooky-Queer Party

Screaming: A Spooky-Queer Party is TOMORROW! Don't miss this virtual Halloween experience, hosted by Miss Toto! The night will feature music from Fire-Toolz, a vogueing tutorial from Gravity Balmain of HBO Max's Legendary, professional makeup, a costume contest, and more!

$10. Limited capacity, so purchase tickets in advance: https://bit.ly/36e6Rjl

Check out “A New Language: Duro Olowu and the Becoming of Black Britain” in Hyperallergic!The essay is reprinted from th...
10/28/2020
A New Language: Duro Olowu and the Becoming of Black Britain

Check out “A New Language: Duro Olowu and the Becoming of Black Britain” in Hyperallergic!

The essay is reprinted from the exhibition catalogue for "Duro Olowu: Seeing Chicago." Get it at the MCA Store: https://bit.ly/37FESaN

At a party in a vacant house full of young people, the reggae pounding and ganja smoke thick in the air, Gates was struck by the joylessness of the revels. The mood was brittle. Faces were set hard. Nobody laughed or even spoke.

Join us tomorrow for Screaming: A Makeup Tutorial, where professional makeup artist Lauren Elyse will share spooky makeu...
10/27/2020
This Instagram Star Uses Her Insane Makeup Skills to Highlight Her Vitiligo

Join us tomorrow for Screaming: A Makeup Tutorial, where professional makeup artist Lauren Elyse will share spooky makeup tips, just in time for virtual Halloween! Live on the MCA's Instagram at noon!

Need virtual Halloween plans? Join us for Screaming: A Spooky-Queer Party, a Halloween experience hosted by drag artist Miss Toto, featuring Lauren Elyse, voguer Gravity Balmain, and musician Fire-Toolz! Get tix: https://bit.ly/36e6Rjl

Total badass.

Dawoud Bey, who will be featured in the upcoming exhibition "The Long Dream," was named one of the 2020 Greats by T: The...
10/26/2020
Dawoud Bey, Chronicler of Black American Life

Dawoud Bey, who will be featured in the upcoming exhibition "The Long Dream," was named one of the 2020 Greats by T: The New York Times Style Magazine.

Learn more about "The Long Dream": https://bit.ly/35ECamT

The photographer takes pictures of everyday subjects and scenes that at once distill this country’s troubled past and provide a glimpse of a better future.

Get ahead of the curve on your holiday cards! Send friends and family colorful and contemporary cards—sure to raise thei...
10/24/2020

Get ahead of the curve on your holiday cards! Send friends and family colorful and contemporary cards—sure to raise their spirits! Shop these boxed card sets and more, now in-store and online: https://bit.ly/2G0Hcjm

Happy #MuseMemeDay 2020! Enjoy some of our #MusMeme submitted by MCA staff, and share your own in the comments!
10/23/2020

Happy #MuseMemeDay 2020! Enjoy some of our #MusMeme submitted by MCA staff, and share your own in the comments!

Check out this The Chicago Sun-Times article featuring the host of the upcoming Screaming: A Spooky-Queer Party, Miss To...
10/22/2020
Successful ‘Drop Dead Drag Pageant’ goes on at the Lakeshore Drive-In

Check out this The Chicago Sun-Times article featuring the host of the upcoming Screaming: A Spooky-Queer Party, Miss Toto, and Denali, who hosted our very first virtual program, Story Time with Drag Queens!

Friday night’s event was held outside the Adler Planetarium. The Halloween-themed drag show was a pageant parody that featured headliners from "RuPaul’s Drag Race," "Dragula" and "Chicago Local Drag Superstars."

10/22/2020

Talk: To Commune, Between Choice And CareThu, Oct 22, 2020, 5–6 pm. In a year when labor and life are physically intertwined, this discussion will explore the historical and contemporary boundaries between art and life and what we can learn from communal practices toward building a better union today.

Marshall Hatch, Jr., the co-founder of The MAAFA Redemption Project, joins us this Saturday for Last Audience: a perform...
10/22/2020
West Side Group Wins $300,000 Grant For Program That Helps Young Men At Risk Of Violence Become Local Leaders

Marshall Hatch, Jr., the co-founder of The MAAFA Redemption Project, joins us this Saturday for Last Audience: a performance manual, a thought-provoking conversation about how rituals of judgement and reckoning shape our society and our collective future. Learn more about the organization in this Block Club Chicago article.

The grant will allow MAAFA Redemption Project to rehab a building to house more men in the program, which provides job training, counseling and mentorship.

Today is the MCA's 53rd birthday. To celebrate, we made a playlist of 53 of our favorite songs from the year we opened, ...
10/21/2020
MCA Birthday Playlist 2020, a playlist by mca_chicago on Spotify

Today is the MCA's 53rd birthday. To celebrate, we made a playlist of 53 of our favorite songs from the year we opened, 1967! The playlist features artists like Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin, Jefferson Airplane, Petula Clark, + more! Stream it on Spotify.
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October 21, 2020, marks the MCA's 53rd birthday! Check out this playlist of hits from the year we were founded.

Check out this interview with Meshell Ndegeocello, who created a 21st-century ritual toolkit, inspired by James Baldwin’...
10/20/2020
James Baldwin's Lessons on Love Are Timeless

Check out this interview with Meshell Ndegeocello, who created a 21st-century ritual toolkit, inspired by James Baldwin’s "The Fire Next Time," for justice each month of fall 2020.

Head to thegospelofjamesbaldwin.com to see the latest toolkit, released today!

Her first album, Plantation Lullabies, filled the air with a rich lathering of soul and funk, humming melodies of sex, politics and capitalism, with lyrics like, "The white man shall forever sleep with one eye open," and, "If that's your boyfriend, he wasn't last night." Meshell's style was graceful...

Artist Joshua Vides stands in his "Forever Hallway" installation, just off of the MCA Store. Check it out, along with hi...
10/19/2020

Artist Joshua Vides stands in his "Forever Hallway" installation, just off of the MCA Store. Check it out, along with his "Museum Essentials" collection during your next visit, or you can shop online: mcachicagostore.org

Check out this interview of artist Laurie Simmons by Miz Cracker from RuPaul's Drag Race!The MCA's major retrospective o...
10/19/2020
Miz Cracker interviews Laurie Simmons on her art

Check out this interview of artist Laurie Simmons by Miz Cracker from RuPaul's Drag Race!

The MCA's major retrospective of her works, "Laurie Simmons: Big Camera/Little Camera" was on view in 2019. Learn more: http://bit.ly/2x3da6z

Miz Cracker talks with artist Laurie Simmons about her early black and white photography and how questions of gender inform her process.

Check out this The New York Times feature on Black contemporary art, including pieces from friends of the MCA Amanda Wil...
10/18/2020
See the Black Art Remaking Our Culture

Check out this The New York Times feature on Black contemporary art, including pieces from friends of the MCA Amanda Williams and Brendan Fernandes!

Jenna Wortham and Kimberly Drew share a portfolio of favorite works — and discuss curating Black art when so much creativity is online and ephemeral.

10/17/2020
Happy birthday, Kerry James Marshall!

Inside looks into artists’ process and tools is the best part of working in a contemporary museum. That, and sharing a laugh with someone who makes art that changes the world. Happy Birthday, KJM.

10/16/2020
Virtual Studio Visit: Andrea Bowers

Join artist Andrea Bowers in a conversation with Dr. Kaitlin Reed as they discusses Bowers’ work as an activist, the current state of environmental justice movements, and the ways that art practice intersects with pressing issues of our time. Informed by Dr. Reed’s research and scholarship, the two will discuss ways that white supremacy bears upon climate issues, as well as indigenous relationships to land and ecological management systems within the context of current wildfire management in California.
The conversation is introduced by MCA James W. Alsdorf Chief Curator Michael Darling and Hammer Museum Chief Curator Connie Butler, who are organizing the upcoming exhibition "Andrea Bowers," at the MCA and the Hammer Museum.

Trick or Vote! A cute mask is all the costume you need for a fun and safe Hallowe’en. Celebrate the holiday and promote ...
10/16/2020

Trick or Vote! A cute mask is all the costume you need for a fun and safe Hallowe’en. Celebrate the holiday and promote civic engagement at the same time! Shop colorful masks and statement tees at the MCA Store: http://bit.ly/2DkVXsP

Prior to tomorrow's Virtual Studio Visit: Andrea Bowers, learn more about the artist's practice in Art in America.Stream...
10/15/2020
Andrea Bowers Portrays the Future of Activism

Prior to tomorrow's Virtual Studio Visit: Andrea Bowers, learn more about the artist's practice in Art in America.

Stream the VSV via Facebook Live on October 16 at 2 pm. RSVP now: https://bit.ly/313rfAh

Andrea Bowers’s interest in social movements and political activism, such as workers’ rights rallies and protests around the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline, is central to her artwork.

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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

Friday 11:00 - 18:00
Saturday 11:00 - 18:00
Sunday 11:00 - 18:00

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(312) 280-2660

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