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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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Baltimore, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014 NEW

I was amazed at the extent of the David Bowie exhibit--soundtracks, costumes, films, artifacts fill a series of galleries. The audio that accompanies the exhibit is amazing technology--apparently reacts to the objects you are viewing so you never listen to audio that is not relevant to what is right in front of you. Loved it!

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014 NEW

The MCA was a last minute add to our itinerary for sightseeing in Chicago. We heard the Bowie exhibit was there, so we decided to check it out. We were lucky to get tickets on site for the time slot just opening, so it might be worth getting there early in the day. The crowd was nearly as interesting as... More

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014 NEW

I have been to this Museum before and thought it was a good museum.. This time I came for the David Bowie exhibit..it did not disappoint. If you have an opportunity and you like Bowie this is fabulous. It was curated with over 180 pieces of articles.. it was absolutely hands down one of the best exhibits I have ever... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014 NEW

MCA in Chicago IL is the only art museum to host this David Bowie show in the US. David Bowie is... showcases his career long use of a multimedia approach to his audience. His artwork, photos, videos of concerts, his designer costumes, interviews... I especially loved seeing an SNL appearance where he sang Man Who Sold the World, in his... More

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Libertyville, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014 NEW

I always walk away stimulated and interested in the world after giving consideration to the art they have here. Isn't that the point? They also have a fun gift shop for people who like to HAVE something.

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Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

I did go this time for the Bowie exhibition, which I didn't allow enough time for (more to see and do in Chicago...) but really enjoyed the trip down memory lane. Especially enjoyed interviews with the designer who worked on alot of his stage costumes and others who worked closely with him over the years. Hearing Bowie on Bowie was... More

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Bethesda, Md
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

I flew in specifically for this exhibition -- the only U.S. stop for this show. Wow!!! The MCA has pulled out all the stops for this initimate and in-depth look at the musical and artistic career of David Bowie.

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Chesterland, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

Like many contemporary art museums (notably, the Guggenheim in New York), the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago relies heavily on temporary exhibitions, rather than a large permanent collection. As a result, your experience will depend greatly on what is showing at the time. The rating above is for the time I visited. As other reviews reflect, it might be... More

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New York
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23 reviews 23 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

I was very impressed by the Bowie exhibition at the MCA Chicago. They really showed how fashion influenced Bowie's costumes and the breadth of his talents with his different personalities, not to mention the many moves he starred in. What talent! There was also a small room dedicated to Calder and some wonderful Shonibares outside. My one complaint is that... More

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Williamsburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

We traveled to see the Bowie Exhibit and it was the trip to Chicago!! The rest of the museum was beautiful too.

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