It may surprise you. Challenge you. Excite you. Inspire you. Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art invites you to discover the great artists of our time.
Those in the know call it the MCA. And what you'll find here embodies the artist-activated, audience-engaged MCA vision.
Artistic expression is everywhere at this museum — welcoming you from the front plaza steps, spread about the sculpture garden, hanging in the galleries, performing in the theater, even on the shelves of the store. All of this within the heart of downtown's Magnificent Mile, one block east of Michigan Avenue near beautiful Lake Michigan.
With each visit to the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, learn about yourself and gain insight into others and the world that surrounds you. Make connections with the creative process through an incredible range of exhibitions, cross-disciplinary performances, and programs and events for all ages and interests.
MCA exhibits are always rotating, which keeps it fresh. And expertly-curated, they are known for bringing in the most cutting-edge art created after 1945 — be it painting, sculpture, photography, video or other medium.
Since its founding in 1967, the MCA has earned an international reputation for presenting ground-breaking exhibitions of work by local, national, and international artists. Recent touring exhibitions have brought in pieces from such high-profile names as Cindy Sherman, Tom Friedman, H.C. Westermann and Lee Bontecou.
The MCA Collection has outstanding examples of visual art from 1945 to the present with a strong focus on surrealism, minimalism, conceptual photography, and work by Chicago-based artists. While only a small percentage is on view at any given time, the collection contains over 5,700 works.
Among the artists within the MCA Collection are Lee Bontecou, Alexander Calder, Sol LeWitt, Kerry James Marshall, and Bruce Nauman. The collection also includes works by Francis Bacon, Ann Hamilton, Alfredo Jaar, Jasper Johns, Jeff Koons, René Magritte, Ed Paschke, Ad Reinhardt, Richard Serra, Cindy Sherman, Lorna Simpson, and Andy Warhol.
The robust calendar for the MCA Stage features leading performers from around the globe, including Chicago's most innovative artists.
At the MCA, there is no clear boundary between what is visual art and what is performance. Settle into the intimate Edlis Neeson Theater as artists draw you in through theater, dance, music and film.
Get a look into the creative process with enriching MCA Programs. Join the conversation on contemporary art with up-and-coming artists, curators, architects, designers, and scholars through lectures, panels, symposia, and gallery talks.
Tours help you get the most of your museum experience and provide a context for what you're seeing. Walk with curators on special guided tours or meet up for the free public tours offered daily by in-the-know docents.
And kids can connect to art too. Every second Saturday of the month October through May, Family Day brings contemporary art to their level in a hands-on way through creative workshops. Also for a different spin on the standard museum tour, Stroller Tours every first Wednesday are made specifically with your little ones in mind.
Make it a night out at the museum and mingle with other culture vultures on First Fridays, when the cocktail and art combo fetches a lively 21+ crowd. Also mixing it up on the calendar are other special events held both monthly and throughout the year.