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Today we remember Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and all those who have fought for, and continue to fight for, civil and equal rights.

Image: Kerry James Marshall
"Mementos," 1998
Chromogenic development print
Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of the Susan and Lewis Manilow Collection of Chicago Artists, 2003.32
© 1998 Kerry James Marshall
Photo: Michal Raz-Russo, © MCA Chicago
The puppets are coming!
Silencio Blanco's tale of a Chilean miner arrives on MCA Stage this week as part of the Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival.

Chicago stages await international puppet invasion

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Fighting a cold?

Stefanie from the MCA Store recommends tea with lemon in a Fisticup.
"In a way, you can read the whole thing as a podium for a banana."
Yes, there's humor in "Chicago Works: Chris Bradley," opening on Jan 17. Learn more about the artist and his work: [ Bit.ly Link ]
Silencio Blanco's "Chiflon el Silencio del Carbon (Chiflon Silence of the Coal)" comes to the MCA Stage starting Jan 19, also part of the Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival.
Buy tickets & learn more: [ Bit.ly Link ]

Chicago International Puppet Festival is back in January

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It's barely 2017 but The Wall Street Journal is already looking ahead to our exhibition "Takashi Murakami: The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg" and other exhibits. Learn more about our Murakami exhibition, coming in June: [ Bit.ly Link ]

Art Shows That Shine in Selfies

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"David Bowie, the sweetest of petunias who was far too good this world, not only brought out flawless pop hits that still bang but could also see the future."

David Bowie Validated Our Obsession with the Internet Almost 20 Years Ago

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There's a Starman waiting in the sky. . .
Today we remember legend, musician, icon, and artist David Bowie who passed on 1 year ago.

(Don't miss this news about his final recordings, just released days ago.)

David Bowie's Final Recordings Released on 70th Birthday

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Helping the blind community experience art is another way the MCA is committed to accessibility. Read the The New York Times profile on our Coyote screen reader system.

Technology Invites a Deep Dive Into Art

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Remembering all that David Bowie Is... on his birthday.

MCA Chicago Store | David Bowie Is (Hardcover)

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"[Diana Thater] is clearly in love with the world around her, and that affection is on view at 'The Sympathetic Imagination.'" – Chicago Tonight

"Diana Thater: The Sympathetic Imagination," closes this weekend, info: [ Bit.ly Link ]

Wild Art at MCA Chicago: Immerse Yourself in Animal Imagery

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In case you missed it: the MCA is collaborating with Lula Cafe chef Jason Hammel on a new restaurant as part of the museum's upcoming redesign.

Wondering what the menu will look like?

"I intend for this menu to reflect my personal history, my relationship to the creative community and to the museum, " says Hammel. Time to get your palettes ready for 2017.

Jason Hammel opening new restaurant inside Museum of Contemporary Art

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Closing this weekend, "Diana Thater: The Sympathetic Imagination" is one of Chicago Reader's top ten visual art shows. Get a glimpse into an animal's world with Thater's immersive film and video installations.

The ten best bets for fall visual arts

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2016 was a big year for Chicago—and the city's art and architecture was no exception.

See the Chicago Tribune's best of 2016 in architecture, design, history, and community.

Celebrating a rousing year, from public spaces to preservation

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Chile's Silencio Blanco brings to life through puppetry the story of a young miner who must keep working despite the dangers that surround him.
On MCA Stage starting Jan 19, tickets + info: [ Bit.ly Link ]
We're VERY proud to be in the Top 25 Most Instagrammed Art Spaces of 2016!

A huge thank you to everyone who has visited and posted a picture from the museum. Share a shot you took here in 2016 in a comment, we want to see what you've photographed!

[Exclusive] The Top 25 Most Instagrammed Art Spaces of 2016 | The Creators Project

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Tim Marlow, artistic director for the Royal Academy of Arts in London, named "Riot Grrrls" one of his must-see exhibitions for December.

If you can't make it this month, don't worry—"Riot Grrls" is on view until Jun 4. Learn more: [ Bit.ly Link ]

Tim Marlow’s Must-See Museum Shows: December

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Happy 2017 from the MCA Chicago!
This is what's coming up in the new year: [ Mcachicago.org Link ]

Tell us: what are you looking forward to in 2017 at the MCA?
The MCA Store would like to wish you a Happy New Year!

Shop our Winter Sale: [ Bit.ly Link ]

Or find something fun for a joyous New Year, like the Motorcycle Helmet Champagne Bucket.

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Donate today to the Annual Fund to support:
• Free school tours of the MCA.
• Free admission for IL residents every Tuesday.
• Artist-centered programming all year.

Donate now to take advantage of any tax deductions before the end of the year: [ Mcachicago.org Link ]