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Museum of Contemporary Art

220 East Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60611 (Near North Side)
+1 312-280-2660
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Type: Art Museums
Owner description: Boldly interweaving exhibitions, performances, collections, and educational programs, the MCA is an innovative and compelling center of contemporary... more » Owner description: Boldly interweaving exhibitions, performances, collections, and educational programs, the MCA is an innovative and compelling center of contemporary art where the public can directly experience the work and ideas of living artists, and understand the historical, social, and cultural context of the art of our time. « less
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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

Disclaimer, this is a TRUE comtemporary art museum, so if that is not your thing, there will probably not be much here to see. However, if like myself contemporary art is your favorite thing in the universe (I'm an art history major...), then this place will knock your socks off. We visited in May of 2014, and all four exhibits... More

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new mexico
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Someone recommended this museum and we were in the neighborhood. One exhibit of interest was Mexican Art After Frida Kahlo - well done and a lot of relevant books to check out after seeing the exhibit. There's also a small Calder exhibit on the second floor. But honestly I didn't 'get' much of the rest of the museum; the contemporary... More

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boston, ma
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

We enjoyed our visit to the MCA. It is small but had some great items to see. Loved the Shonibare Plaza Project. The scuptures in the the Scupture Garden were fun.

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Chicago IL
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Having lived in Chicago all my life, I felt the need to explore the collections in the CMA and was very disappointed. To charge $25 extra to see the David Bowie exhibit seemed out of line. I appreciate all art forms but felt the museum collections were important but very small. I'm heading back to the Contemporary wing at the... More

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Abraham R, Manager at Museum of Contemporary Art, responded to this review

As a note, tickets to "David Bowie Is" are $25 and include admission to the entire museum, not just the special exhibition on Bowie--it's $25 to see the entire museum, including "David Bowie Is." More

Nottingham
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

Having just been recently to the contemporary art gallery in Rome, I am afraid we left here completely disappointed. The few displays left us cold. Some art could have been that of junior school kids. Loved the staircase but then that's because I was able to take photos if it. Real shame. Nice store. No wifi, no app, no audio... More

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Abraham R, General Manager at Museum of Contemporary Art, responded to this review

Hi Tolroy, We wanted to respond to a few things in your review. We're glad that you were able to photograph the stairs, but we also allow photography in all our exhibitions currently. We only ask that you turn off the flash. We also do offer free WiFi throughout the entire museum, as well as a free audio tour that... More

London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

This place isn't that big and flashy. In fact it is rather small and - as long as you aren't expecting MOMA or the Tate Modern - rather charming. The layout is quirky, the collections varied, the staff very nice in nearly all cases...and you can almost forgive them for charging a substantial entry fee (discounts for teachers/lecturers and students).... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

I loved that my experience (July 2014) included Turbulent (video installation) by Shirin Neshat (Rumi's poem) and Frida Kahlo-influenced arts. Although each floor is not large, this museum has multiple floors and I liked the set up. During the weekdays, it's quite empty and if you are lucky, you might get to enjoy an entire sub-section by yourself. Transportation tip:... More

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Sussex, England
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

Good contemporary gallery with a great mix of exhibitions. On this occasion we most enjoyed the Simon Starling show - conceptual art with real concepts! And the shop is brilliant. One of the best gallery shops I've been too, and I'm something of a connoisseur!

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Berkeley, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

The building is atrocious - a huge and imposing facade but inside the museum is small. Small galleries upstairs around a huge stair - so much space wasted for a stair when the galleries could have been bigger! For instance, we saw a Calder exhibit there in a small enclosed room that go no air circulation so the mobiles were... More

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Michigan
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

We enjoy going to all different types of museums but this was the second modern/contemporary art type that we have been to and we felt the same way we did the first time going through one...that about half of the pieces we understood and the other half not so much. They have fantastic descriptions next to the pieces, so that... More

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