The MCA is Chicago’s Little Museum That Could
Just about any museum in the Windy City would be overshadowed by the massive Art Institute of Chicago that sits on Michigan avenue. It feels like one of our own Smithsonian museums where visitors can get lost, overwhelmed or exhausted.
You won’t encounter these problems at the Museum of Contemporary Art. It sits on a beautiful corner on Chicago Avenue just a stone’s throw from the bustling shopping mecca, Water Place Tower. But MCA’s vibe could not be more different: calm, charming, modern, sophisticated, edgy and inviting. And did we mention they have a lovely coffee shop on the main level?
It’s just the right size — four floors boasting less than 300,000 square feet of gallery space means you can have a satisfying experience in as little as an hour!
MCA is a forward-thinking art institution that offers visitors so much to see and do. Unlike many other museums that mostly show permanent collections, this museum uses nearly all of its space for revolving exhibits. It offers exhibitions of well-known artists as well as newbies with fresh ideas. The MCA constantly rotates exhibits, so you’ll be treated to new and exciting works at every visit.
MCA also offers programming which the museum’s website calls “experimental or off-beat … thoughtful and provocative.” It fosters a true art-and-culture community, and many of the programs are free with museum admission or moderately priced. Dance, performance art, music, movie screenings (popcorn not included!), artist talks and creative workshops are just some of the programs artists and art enthusiasts enjoy.
And while it feels like everyone is talking about our own Infinity Mirrors Yayoi Kusama exhibit at the Hirshhorn museum, another Japanese artist is about to create a stir at the MCA: Takashi Murakami’s The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg, a collection of contemporary, anime-inspired paintings, goes on exhibit starting June 6 and runs through Sept. 24.
Visit soon and get the chance to see impressive exhibits such as Riot Grrrls, a collection of abstract paintings by female artists, on view through June 18.
Feature image credit: MCA Building exterior at night. Photo: Peter McCullough, © MCA Chicago.