The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago is one of the largest contemporary art venues in the nation. Host to many renowned exhibits, a robust collection of Post-World War II art, and cutting-edge performances, this museum is a must see if you’re taking in other cultural venues throughout the city. After your Chicago Architecture Tour and boat cruise at Shoreline Sightseeing, make the time to enjoy their galleries conveniently located off of Michigan Avenue.
All about the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
Established in 1967 to complement the holdings of the Art Institute of Chicago, this museum was conceived of as a gallery for contemporary exhibitions, but in 1974 the museum began curating a standing collection, too. Originally located on East Ontario Street, in 1996 the MCA opened its new building at 220 East Chicago Avenue, which is one block east of the historic Chicago Water Tower and Water Tower Place on Chicago’s famous Michigan Avenue.
This new venue was designed by Josef Paul Kleihues and pays homage visually to the architect Mies van der Rohe and the traditions of Chicago architecture. This five-story structure covers 34,000 square feet and includes a theater, an education center, a restaurant, and a sculpture garden in addition to the gallery spaces.
The collections of the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago include approximately 2,700 objects and more than 3,000 artist’s books. It has excellent examples of pop art, minimalism, surrealism, and conceptual art from the likes of Rene Magritte, Francis, Bacon, Andy Warhol, Cindy Sherman, Kara Walker, and many others. Over the years, the MCA Chicago has hosted exhibitions by world famous artists including the likes of Frida Kahlo, Robert Mapplethorpe, Jeff Koons, Vito Acconci, Mona Hatoum, Tom Friedman, Rudolf, Stingel, and more.
In addition, the MCA Stage has featured performances from local, national, and international performers. From dance, film, music, theater, and multimedia productions, the MCA Stage programs a diverse range of performances that showcase the talents of many cutting-edge artists.
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To enjoy the best arts and cultural experiences available in the Windy City, rely on Shoreline Sightseeing to provide inside tips on exclusive places to visit after enjoying a Chicago Architecture Tour. Review our full tour schedule, and then enjoy the breathtaking work on display at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.