"From a 'treasure box' to a 'toolbox.'"
Architectural Record on our upcoming renovations

Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art Renovation Will Cater to a Wider Public

Are you a "Mercist?" Read how The Wall Street Journal's Edward Rothstien saw "nature of dance itself" in "Merce Cunningham: Common Time": [ On.wsj.com Link ]

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

Happy Mardi Gras!
If Nick Cave's Soundsuits remind you of Fat Tuesday then you're absolutely right. Learn more: [ Nytimes.com Link ]

Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

"The MCA's investment in women artists does represent a rebellion of sorts." Learn how "RIOT GRRRLS" addresses the gender gap in museums in WDCB's Gary Zidek's interview with chief curator Michael Darling.

The Arts Section: MCA Shines Light On Women Artists in RIOT GRRRLS Exhibit

WATCH: WTTW - Chicago PBS goes behind the scenes for “Merce Cunningham: Common Time."

Revolutionary Dance of Merce Cunningham in the Spotlight at MCA

New from the MCA Store, statement socks that speak volumes!

March into the store or shop online:[ Bit.ly Link ]
Starting Monday, Feb 27, artist Basim Magdy is embarking on a weeklong Instagram takeover of @mcachicago! Glimpse into the thoughts of the artist behind the exhibition "The Stars were Aligned for a Century of New Beginnings" every day at noon. (Image: Basim Magdy, "Every Decade Memory Poses as a Container Heavier than Its Carrier," 2013, Spray paint and acrylic on paper, 27 9/16 x 39 3/8 in....
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"The arts sector [the National Endowment for the Arts] supports employs millions of Americans and generates billions each year in revenue and tax dollars."
–Director Thomas Campbell of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

The Folly of Abolishing the N.E.A.

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 Presidents' 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