Museum of Contemporary Art
Museum of Contemporary Art
Museum of Contemporary Art
Museum of Contemporary Art Theater
Housing of one of the largest collections of modern art in the nation, the Museum of Contemporary Art also hosts major touring exhibits, film screenings and performing artists. When they're not browsing the extensive galleries, visitors can grab a bite to eat at the on-site restaurant or take a stroll through a picturesque sculpture garden. Don't forget to exit through the gift shop—it boasts one of the city's best selections of offbeat tchotchkes.
|Venue name:||Museum of Contemporary Art||Contact:|
220 E Chicago Ave
|Cross street:||at Mies van der Rohe Way|
|Opening hours:||Closed Mon; Tue 10am–8pm; Wed–Sun 10am–5pm|
|Transport:||El stop: Red to Chicago. Bus: 3, 10, 26, 66.|
|Price:||$12 suggested admission, seniors and students $7, kids under 12 free. Tuesdays free for Illinois residents|
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"Above, Before & After"
A painter may insist on hanging their canvases on a gallery wall, but some artists prefer to blur the line between their work and the environment in which it is presented. In "Above, Before & After," the MCA assembles a collection of two- and three-dimensional...Contemporary art Until Sunday June 18 2017Read more
"Chicago Works: Andrew Yang"
The MCA's Chicago Works series presents the debut solo exhibition of Andrew Yang, a biologist-turned-artist who currently teaches at the School of the Art Institute. Yang's work explores the expansive nature of the universe through a scale model the Milky...Contemporary art Until Sunday January 1 2017Read more
"Diana Thater: The Sympathetic Imagination"
Many video artists co-opt the experience of seeing a film in a conventional theater, utilizing a single screen and an unseen projector in a darkened room. That’s not the case for Diana Thater, who strives to put viewers inside each of her expansive video...Film and video Until Sunday January 8 2017Read more
Examining the relationship between photographers and their subjects, "Witness" probes the various ways in which the circumstances surrounding the capturing of an image can define its message. Beginning with Walker Evans' vernacular photos from the 1940s and...Photography Until Sunday February 19 2017Read more
"Basim Magdy: The Stars Were Aligned for a Century of New Beginnings"
Egyptian artist Basim Magdy is a painter, photographer and filmmaker who creates surreal imagery that is based on his observations of reality. "The Stars Were Aligned for a Century of New Beginnings" is his first US museum survey, collecting works from...Painting Saturday December 10 2016 - Sunday March 19 2017Read more
"MCA DNA: Riot Grrrls"
The MCA's latest exhibition in its ongoing DNA series confronts the gender inequality that still haunts the art world. Named after the ‘90s feminist punk movement, "Riot Grrrls" showcases paintings by notable female artists like Mary Heilmann, Charline...Painting Saturday December 17 2016 - Sunday June 4 2017Read more
“Chicago Works: Chris Bradley”
The latest exhibition in the MCA's "Chicago Works" series focuses on local sculptor Chris Bradley, who replicates everyday objects and places them in new contexts. An ordinary bag of ice is a creative challenge for the artist, achieved by casting cubes...Sculpture Tuesday January 17 2017 - Sunday July 2 2017Read more
"Merce Cunningham: Common Time"
Dancer and choreographer Merce Cunningham was an innovator both on the stage and behind the scenes, creating costumes, lighting, and set designs for his company's performances. The MCA's latest exhibition explores Cunningham's creative process, assembling...Contemporary and experimental Saturday February 11 2017 - Sunday April 30 2017Read more
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Young or old this museum has something to offer for everyone. Fascinating exhibits no matter what time of year you go. From Warhol to Kerry Marshall you'll find pieces of work that inspire, awake, and excite you. I go every few months, and each time I am amazing at the things I find inside. The insider tip is to go on Tuesday evenings when the museum is free for residents. They also have free jazz concert on Tuesday night where you can sit under the Hancock building and see out over the water. So check out this museum and all it has to offer, including an amazing gift so check out this museum and all it has to offer, including a wallet draining gift shop!
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This photograph was taken on April 26th 2015. My nine year old daughter wanted to spend the day downtown with me. We went to several places and took many pictures. This one we agreed was our favorite. My daughter said it was the best day of her life and asked if we could do this every year on the same day. It was then that "Daddy Daughter Day" became our yearly tradition.
Who doesn't love the MCA? It's full of beautiful, vibrant, modern art in countless rooms that are easy to get around. There's a great sculpture garden you can hang out in on sunny days, too.
The MCA is one of the best museums in Chicago; it's beautifully designed, easy to navigate, & excellently curated. This museum displays everything from classic modern art pieces by Andy Warhol to works by current working & local artist. They have a stellar sculpture garden & terrace that allows visitors to interact with works. It's a fantastic museum & a must see.
Thi s is one of my favorite museums in the entire world. It's the perfect size: manageable if you only have an hour, but filled with such well-curated exhibits that you could easily spend half a day inside. The architecture itself is a wonder, with suspended, spiraling steps and a precipitous drop four stories to a bright, glassy koi pond. My favorite thing about this museum is its dedication to interactive art—every time I come there's a piece I can touch, walk through, climb into or otherwise participate with. It was one of the first places I experienced that, and it's been integral in my love of art ever since.