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The Museum of Contemporary Art houses one of the largest collections of contemporary works in the nation and frequently hosts major touring exhibits, displaying work by the likes of Doris Salcedo, Simon Starling and Daniel Clowes. The museum's regular Chicago Works series presents works by local artists, showcasing rising talent and hosting workshops and discussion. The museum recently opened an adventurous new in-house restaurant, Marisol, helmed by Lula Cafe chef Jason Hammel. 

Details

Address:
220 E Chicago Ave
Chicago
Cross street:
at Mies van der Rohe Way
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
Opening hours:
Tue 10am–8pm; Wed–Sun 10am–5pm
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“Bani Abidi: The Man Who Talked Until He Disappeared”

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The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago presents a survey that encapsulates two decades of work by Pakistani artist Bani Abidi, a former student at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Known for her video, photography and sound works, Abidi satirizes displays of power and nationalism as she explores the geopolitical relationship between India and Pakistan as well as the historical power struggles of South Asia. The exhibit takes its name from Abidi's watercolor series "The Man Who Talked Until He Disappeared," which depicts writers, political leaders and bloggers from Pakistan that have disappeared over the past decade.

“Andrea Bowers”

  • Contemporary art

Tackling issues like immigration rights, workers’ rights, climate justice and women’s rights, the work of Los Angeles artist Andrea Bowers is nearly always imbued with a message. Her latest exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art assembles a collection of work that documents decades of activism, including a Radical Feminist Pirate Ship Tree-Sitting Platform and a video piece that features Indigenous rights activists fighting against the Dakota Access Pipeline project.

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