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.

Operating as usual

WATCH: artist Chris Ware and cultural historian Tim Samuelson discuss "Where Comics Came to Life," the sister exhibition...
08/01/2021
Chris Ware Explores the Place ‘Where Comics Came to Life’ in New Exhibit

WATCH: artist Chris Ware and cultural historian Tim Samuelson discuss "Where Comics Came to Life," the sister exhibition at the Chicago Cultural Center to "Chicago Comics."

We check out a new show at the Chicago Cultural Center that makes the case that the comic strip was born and raised in Chicago. Our tour guides? Artist Chris Ware and cultural historian Tim Samuelson.

Starting tomorrow, we are again requiring all visitors to wear a mask while inside the MCA, regardless of vaccination st...
07/30/2021

Starting tomorrow, we are again requiring all visitors to wear a mask while inside the MCA, regardless of vaccination status.
If you do not have one or forgot it, just ask for one at the admissions desk.
Your safe visit is our goal! See you soon.

Starting tomorrow, we are again requiring all visitors to wear a mask while inside the MCA, regardless of vaccination status.
If you do not have one or forgot it, just ask for one at the admissions desk.
Your safe visit is our goal! See you soon.

Maybe you saw Ania Jaworska's "Chicago Works" exhibition in 2015; now learn about Jaworska's contribution to the Chicago...
07/29/2021
Meet the 2021 Chicago Architecture Biennial Contributors: Ania Jaworska

Maybe you saw Ania Jaworska's "Chicago Works" exhibition in 2015; now learn about Jaworska's contribution to the Chicago Architecture Biennial.

"I am really looking forward to a larger international public to learn more about parts of Chicago that are not represented on the postcard."

Closing soon, the CAA (College Art Association) reviews "Carolina Caycedo: From the Bottom of the River," diving into al...
07/27/2021
Carolina Caycedo: From the Bottom of the River and Chicago Works: Omar Velázquez

Closing soon, the CAA (College Art Association) reviews "Carolina Caycedo: From the Bottom of the River," diving into all the ways water is artistically explored. http://www.caareviews.org/reviews/3927#.YQBXd1NKjJ9

As viewers enter Carolina Caycedo’s solo exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) Chicago, they are greeted by a sculptural ofrenda, or offering, that suspends in absolute stillness from the ceiling. Composed of vibrantly colored fishing nets that stack to form a conical-shaped tent or s...

Opening later in the fall, "Bani Abidi: The Man Who Talked Until He Disappeared," is already an exhibition to look forwa...
07/26/2021
Sharjah Art Foundation weaves cultural rainbow with summer-autumn programmes

Opening later in the fall, "Bani Abidi: The Man Who Talked Until He Disappeared," is already an exhibition to look forward to. Learn about this and the other exhibitions the Sharjah Art Foundation has planned this year.

The third exhibition in a four-year series titled Sharjapan (July 24 – Oct. 1) curated by Yuko Hasegawa titled Remain Calm: Solitude and Connectivity in Japanese Architecture, examines modern and contemporary architecture in Japan.

Back by popular demand, vinyl toys from Japanese toy-makers Presspop, as well as MCA-exclusive collectibles. Shop our cu...
07/24/2021

Back by popular demand, vinyl toys from Japanese toy-makers Presspop, as well as MCA-exclusive collectibles. Shop our curation of gifts featuring the artwork of Chicago Comics exhibiting artist Daniel Clowes: https://bit.ly/3rpsRjF

Giant light projections return to the Mart (aka the Merchandise Mart) this month. First up is a projection on footwork, ...
07/23/2021
On View

Giant light projections return to the Mart (aka the Merchandise Mart) this month. First up is a projection on footwork, which was also the focus of our 2018 Prime Time. https://artonthemart.com/programming/

SUMMER PROGRAM The program will run nightly at 9:00 p.m. & 9:30 p.m. We invite you to enjoy our current programming from the comfort of your home in lieu of joining us in person on the Chicago Riverwalk. Plan Your Visit On View

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and Ford Foundation  joined to recognize artist Carolina Caycedo and other Latinx artist...
07/20/2021
Foundations to Support U.S. Latino Artists With Cash Grants

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and Ford Foundation joined to recognize artist Carolina Caycedo and other Latinx artists with an unrestricted cash grant of $50,000.
See "Carolina Caycedo: From the Bottom of the River" before it closes in a couple weeks, on August 8.

The Latinx Artist Fellowships are backed by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Ford Foundation, and the first 15 fellows will each receive $50,000.

If you haven't heard of Charles Johnson, our exhibition "Chicago Comics" is one way to discover the pioneering artist; t...
07/19/2021
Pioneering Black cartoonist started out in Chicago, switched careers and won a National Book Award — the many sides of Charles Johnson

If you haven't heard of Charles Johnson, our exhibition "Chicago Comics" is one way to discover the pioneering artist; the Chicago Tribune also has an interview with him.

Charles Johnson has one of those careers, you know the kind, the ones where you start out at the Chicago Tribune as a political cartoonist, turn Buddhist and philosopher, make a huge splash as a novelist, win the National Book Award, host a national PBS show for a decade, land a MacArthur “genius....

Just opened yesterday, "Grain of a Hand: Drawings with Graphite" challenges traditional ideas of drawing with a pencil b...
07/18/2021
Grain of a Hand: Drawings with Graphite

Just opened yesterday, "Grain of a Hand: Drawings with Graphite" challenges traditional ideas of drawing with a pencil by utilizing graphite in radical and unexpected ways.
See how for yourself today, or this week.

Graphite is a familiar to many by way of the common pencil. Drawing with this carbon-based substance is typically considered a way to quickly sketch out ideas before moving to the more permanent medium of pen and ink. The artists exhibited in Grain of a Hand: Drawings with Graphite challenge these t...

Now through Friday, July 23 face masks are 30% for everybody at the MCA Store! Members get an extra 10% off. Shop our cu...
07/17/2021

Now through Friday, July 23 face masks are 30% for everybody at the MCA Store! Members get an extra 10% off. Shop our curated selection of artists-designed masks online or in-person: https://bit.ly/36DMP0D

We are very pleased to welcome Cari B. Sacks as our new Chair of the Board of Trustees!Sacks has been on the Board since...
07/16/2021
Cari Sacks is new Board Chair at Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

We are very pleased to welcome Cari B. Sacks as our new Chair of the Board of Trustees!
Sacks has been on the Board since 2004 and is part of our IDEA task force which is committed to actions toward greater inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility at the museum and on the Board. She has actively supported the MCA's work with Chicago Public Schools through her philanthropy. Sacks also served as an appointee to both the City of Chicago’s Cultural Advisory Council and to President Obama’s Advisory Committee on the Arts. https://artdaily.com/news/137473/Cari-Sacks-is-new-Board-Chair-at-Museum-of-Contemporary-Art-Chicago?fbclid=IwAR2oioKQxDnI2dDM6t5AQ6RUGTSriNnBwxWUkeXZHxe3G5Kfn__mvne6pqo#.YO8EXhNKjJ8

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We're saddened to hear of the passing of artist Christian Boltanski. His contemplative works about loss and memory have ...
07/16/2021
Christian Boltanski, Artist Who Tenderly Pondered Mortality and Trauma, Has Died at 76

We're saddened to hear of the passing of artist Christian Boltanski. His contemplative works about loss and memory have been featured in numerous MCA exhibitions including his first major US survey "Christian Boltanski: Lessons of Darkness" that we hosted in 1988 and as recently as 2017 in "Witness."

His works often drew on the horrors of the Holocaust.

Artist Chris Ware is on site tomorrow, July 16, drawing live in the MCA Commons. See him working on a new comic strip, t...
07/15/2021

Artist Chris Ware is on site tomorrow, July 16, drawing live in the MCA Commons. See him working on a new comic strip, then see his work in "Chicago Comics: 1960s to Now."
Free with admission, info: https://bit.ly/2T2NYvu

Artist Chris Ware is on site tomorrow, July 16, drawing live in the MCA Commons. See him working on a new comic strip, then see his work in "Chicago Comics: 1960s to Now."
Free with admission, info: https://bit.ly/2T2NYvu

It's the final weekend to see "Chicago Works: Omar Velázquez" featuring paintings and sculptures that address the inters...
07/14/2021
Chicago Works: Omar Velázquez

It's the final weekend to see "Chicago Works: Omar Velázquez" featuring paintings and sculptures that address the intersection of painting, music, and folklore.

In his first solo museum exhibition, artist and musician Omar Velázquez (Puerto Rican, b. 1984) presents recent paintings and sculptures that address the intersection of painting, music, and folklore. In a series of large-scale paintings, Velázquez—who lives between Ponce, Puerto Rico and Chicag...

This Friday, artist Chris Ware draws live in the MCA Commons. Visit the MCA Store for exclusive apparel and creative acc...
07/13/2021

This Friday, artist Chris Ware draws live in the MCA Commons. Visit the MCA Store for exclusive apparel and creative accessories designed by the artist, inspired by his works on view in "Chicago Comics"!
Shop online or check out the MCA Store in-person for limited editions you won't find anywhere else: https://bit.ly/2SJDcKj

Congratulations to Carolina Caycedo and all the artists who were just announced in The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation's Lat...
07/12/2021
Latinx Artist Fellowship | The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Congratulations to Carolina Caycedo and all the artists who were just announced in The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation's Latinx Artist Fellowships!

Caycedo's exhibition at the MCA "Carolina Caycedo: From the Bottom of the River" is on view until August 8.

Mellon continues to distribute additional funds to help shore up struggling arts and cultural organizations and higher learning institutions.

Meet artist Archer Prewitt's gentle and joyful character, Sof' Boy, on exhibit in "Chicago Comics: 1960s to Now" and in ...
07/11/2021

Meet artist Archer Prewitt's gentle and joyful character, Sof' Boy, on exhibit in "Chicago Comics: 1960s to Now" and in our pop-up shop! Shop our rotating selection of exclusive artist collaborations online, or visit the MCA Store in person to see so much more: https://bit.ly/3AC7tvE

Our "Chicago Comics" exhibition starts at 1960, and an exhibition at the Chicago Cultural Center takes on the time perio...
07/07/2021
Free show ‘Chicago: Where Comics Came to Life’ at the Cultural Center is 82 jam-packed walls by Chris Ware and pal

Our "Chicago Comics" exhibition starts at 1960, and an exhibition at the Chicago Cultural Center takes on the time period before that in “Chicago: Where Comics Came to Life (1880-1960).”

What's black and white and color on Sundays? And owes a deep debt to Chicago? The art of comic strips comes alive in a free new exhibit at the Chicago Cultural Center, curated by artist Chris Ware and historian Tim Samuelson. Spoiler alert: The Chicago Tribune is a major player.

"Christina Quarles’s paintings take pleasure in rendering the broad spectrum of thoughts, emotions and sensations availa...
07/06/2021
Christina Quarles Plays with Space, Proportions and Perspective

"Christina Quarles’s paintings take pleasure in rendering the broad spectrum of thoughts, emotions and sensations available to the body."
Read the Frieze review, then see the paintings in "Christina Quarles" for yourself.

At the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, the artist presents a suite of paintings in close dialogue with the architecture of the exhibition space

WTTW - Chicago PBS drops by "Chicago Comics" and chats with the curator of the exhibition, Dan Nadel, about Chicago's pl...
07/05/2021
MCA Show Highlights Chicago’s Contributions to the History of Cartooning

WTTW - Chicago PBS drops by "Chicago Comics" and chats with the curator of the exhibition, Dan Nadel, about Chicago's place in comic history. https://news.wttw.com/2021/06/23/mca-show-highlights-chicagos-contributions-history-cartooning

Artists who used to be on the comics page have now earned a place in museums. A new exhibition makes the case that Chicago has long been a magnet for creative cartooning. We visit “Chicago Comics: 1960s to Now” at the Museum of Contemporary Art.

With a number of works in the MCA Collection and featured in a 2015 solo exhibition, artist Richard Hunt's next project ...
07/04/2021
Renowned Sculptor Richard Hunt Creates Monument to Ida B. Wells

With a number of works in the MCA Collection and featured in a 2015 solo exhibition, artist Richard Hunt's next project is creating a monument to Ida B. Wells.

His works have been exported around the world from his studio in Chicago. We catch up with sculptor Richard Hunt before the unveiling of a monument in Bronzeville that was years in the making.

After debuting at the MCA in 2019, "Virgil Abloh: Figures of Speech" opens at The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston t...
07/03/2021
Virgil Abloh: "Figures of Speech" | icaboston.org

After debuting at the MCA in 2019, "Virgil Abloh: Figures of Speech" opens at The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston today! If you're in Boston, or missed the exhibition here, give the ICA a visit—see their website for tickets and more information.

Select galleries are currently closed for the installation of Virgil Abloh: “Figures of Speech”, opening July 3. Become a member for first access 

The MCA Store is proud to collaborate with independent artists on exhibit in “Chicago Comics: 1960s to Now.” Check out o...
07/02/2021

The MCA Store is proud to collaborate with independent artists on exhibit in “Chicago Comics: 1960s to Now.” Check out our online selection of puzzles, home decor, stationery, and gifts or visit our pop-in shop in person to see so much more: https://bit.ly/35RrobN

Set an alert: at noon CT we release more tickets online for Tuesdays on the Terrace as we're able to expand capacity.See...
07/01/2021

Set an alert: at noon CT we release more tickets online for Tuesdays on the Terrace as we're able to expand capacity.

See the full schedule of remaining performances: http://bit.ly/MCAJazz

Set an alert: at noon CT we release more tickets online for Tuesdays on the Terrace as we're able to expand capacity.

See the full schedule of remaining performances: http://bit.ly/MCAJazz

06/29/2021

More advance tickets for Tuesdays on the Terrace will be released online this Thursday, July 1 at 12 pm CT as Chicago continues to reopen and we are able to add more capacity to the performances! Walk-up tickets for each performance will continue to be available at 4:30 pm on a first-come, first-served basis at the back gate of the MCA on the day-of-performance.

See all the upcoming performances and mark your calendar: http://bit.ly/MCAJazz

"The artist’s phenomenal use of paint informs her bodies in ways that leave them fused together yet also disappearing." ...
06/27/2021
Boundary Crossing: A Review of Christina Quarles at the MCA

"The artist’s phenomenal use of paint informs her bodies in ways that leave them fused together yet also disappearing."

Read the review of "Christina Quarles" in Newcity, then see the exhibition this week.

Christina Quarles’ distinct and intricate use of paint combined with her complicated and impressive fusion of boundaries compels the viewer to question their own boundaries, whether they are self-imposed, artificially constructed, or simply imaginary.

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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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Wednesday 10am - 5pm
Thursday 10am - 5pm
Friday 10am - 5pm
Saturday 10am - 5pm
Sunday 10am - 5pm

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