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The MCA is one of the world’s largest institutions dedicated to the work of living artists. It is a premiere venue for cutting-edge art and performance in Chicago, featuring rotating exhibitions of both ascendant artists and contemporary icons.
One of the world’s largest contemporary art institutions, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago exhibits thought-provoking art created after 1945. Over the course of the museum’s nearly fifty-year history, it has presented the first major exhibitions of groundbreaking artists Dan Flavin, Frida Kahlo, Jeff Koons, and Gerhard Richter, as well as the art of influential pop icons Jasper Johns and Andy Warhol. More recently, it shattered attendance records when it offered US audiences a glimpse into the extraordinary career of David Bowie.
The MCA houses rotating exhibitions that present contemporary artists across all mediums. Here’s a look at the exhibitions on view at the MCA this year:
Body Doubles (Oct 25, 2014–Apr 19, 2015): An exploration into the relationship between the body and the way that artists explore the fluidity of identity and challenge social norms, drawn primarily from the MCA’s permanent collection.
MCA DNA: Richard Hunt (Dec 18, 2014–May 17, 2015): An exhibition of one of Chicago’s most accomplished artists, with a focused selection of sculptures and drawings dating from the 1950s through the 1990s.
Doris Salcedo (Feb 21, 2015–May 24, 2015): The first retrospective of renowned Colombian sculptor Doris Salcedo features all major bodies of work from the artist’s thirty-year career—most of which have never been shown together before.
The Freedom Principle: Experiments in Art and Music, 1965 to Now (July 11, 2015–Nov 22, 2015): Occasioned in part by the fiftieth anniversary of the founding of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), the exhibition links the vibrant legacy of the 1960s African American avant-garde to current art and culture.
The Street, the Store, and the Silver Screen: Pop Art from the MCA Collection (Dec 19, 2015—Mar 27, 2016): A celebration of the MCA’s holdings of pop art, including seminal works by artists Andy Warhol, Claes Oldenburg, Christo and Jeanne-Claude, and Roy Lichtenstein.
After a full day of gazing, pondering, and beholding, you’ll likely be hungry, so stop in at Puck’s Café to sample its fresh, tasty fare. You can also browse the MCA Store’s tantalizing selection of art-inspired books, apparel, jewelry, home goods, and gifts.