Upcoming "Chicago Works" artist Amanda Williams has been tapped to help develop the Barack Obama presidential library planned for Jackson Park.

Obama Taps National African American Museum Designer For Library Exhibits

Artist Rashid Johnson (his "Message to Our Folks" was shown here in 2012) is making the jump to the big screen.

Rashid Johnson to Direct Adaptation of Richard Wright’s ‘Native Son’ in Feature Film Debut | ARTnews

"No choreographer in history has so naturally prompted museum exhibitions as Merce Cunningham." Learn more about "Merce Cunningham: Common Time." [ Nyti.ms Link ]

Merce Cunningham and the Drama of Sheer Motion

Happy President's Day!
We're open during the holiday today, see Joyce Pensato's mural "Felix and Lincoln" on view now.
From Radiohead's Phil Selway, to electronic music pioneer David Behrman, to AACM scholar and trombonist George Lewis (below), there's an all-star lineup planned for MCA Stage: Music for Merce.

An all-star cast celebrates the legacy of radical choreographer Merce Cunningham

The MCA Store has everything you need to celebrate National Drink Wine Day in style!

You can visit the MCA Store on Monday, February 20th, as the MCA and Store will be open for President's Day.
We're proud to participate in #DayofFacts today with museums, libraries & more worldwide.

Read up on our facts, from how the National Endowment for the Arts has supported over 125 of our exhibits since 1972, to how design can help us live with climate change.

MCA – Blog: A #DayofFacts

Go in-depth with "Common Time" during Artsmart: Merce Cunningham next week.

This intimate after-hours event features a private tour of the exhibit, followed by drinks and hor d'oeuvres. Tickets: [ Bit.ly Link ]

Artsmart: Merce Cunningham

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"I must begin with a confession. I am not a Mercist."
You don't have to be a dance expert or a choreography superfan to enjoy "Merce Cunningham: Common Time," says The Wall Street Journal. More about the exhibit: [ Bit.ly Link ]

‘Merce Cunningham: Common Time’ Review: The Nature of Dance Itself

From Radiohead's Phil Selway, to electronic music pioneer David Behrman, an all-star cast of Merce Cunningham collaborators come together in a once-in-a-lifetime event. Learn more: [ Bit.ly Link ]
Before MCA Live: Mocrep tomorrow, learn more about Frequency Festival that "explores points of contact between disparate sounds and scenes," courtesy of Chicago Reader.

This week’s Frequency Festival finds points of contact between classical, jazz, and the avant-garde

"Cunningham liked to work together–but apart." More on his artistic partnerships in Surface Magazine.

“Merce Cunningham: Common Time” - SURFACE

Run to the MCA this weekend: it's the final weekend to see the photography-focused "Witness," and "Merce Cunningham: Common Time" opens on Saturday.
(Video by Craig Shimala)
"'Common Time,' [is] a major retrospective incorporating floor-to-ceiling set designs, provocative costume arrays, a full-gallery [multi-screen] video installation, and, above all, recordings and live performances of the dances that earned Cunningham his reputation for innovation and for attracting talent."

MCA opens retrospective on choreographer Merce Cunningham

We need radical feminism and environmentalism more than ever right now. Join us tonight for a free talk on both, with A.L. Steiner and other guests. More info: [ Bit.ly Link ]
The Observer has major news about our upcoming Takashi Murakami retrospective. (More info here, too: [ Bit.ly Link ]

The Self-Deprecatory Octopus: Murakami in New York

"The blurred lines between utopia and the grim reality." Newcity has the review of “Basim Magdy: The Stars Were Aligned for a Century of New Beginnings”

Finding Optimism in the Midst of Our Fraught Present

Utopia, humor, and a little horror: Join Curator Omar Kholeif tomorrow at noon for a free tour of "Basim Magdy: The Stars Were Aligned for a Century of New Beginnings."
Admission on Tuesdays is free for Illinois residents.
For Valentine's Day this year, find distinct and unexpected jewelry at the MCA Store for someone you love: [ Bit.ly Link ]
"[At the MCA] a strong pair of exhibitions which emphatically make the point that art is, at its essence, experiential. Together, they demand viewer interaction and emotional response."

Art As Experience