Museum of Contemporary Art

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Museum of Contemporary Art
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Tuesday
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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The MCA brings artists and audiences together to experience and contemplate contemporary art and culture.
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Neighborhood: Near North Side
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  • Chicago • 8 min walk
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gourmetflaneur
York, UK1,064 contributions
Contemporary art can wow, frustrate or at times bore. This museum thankfully kept me engaged, interested and occasionally wowed - it did not bore. A very interesting building with interesting space for the exhibits. It is free and the cafe is accessible without going into to the main part of the gallery. At the north end of the magnificent mile it a delightful way to shut out and forget the mayhem of designer shops and christmas consumerism. Loved it.
Written January 5, 2020
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Bastian
Copenhagen, Denmark115 contributions
Couples
The museum is not very large compared to other contemporary art museums but it makes good use of the space. You can easily see all exhibitions in a couple of hours. There is a good mix of different artistic styles on display.
Written February 23, 2020
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edge46
Chatham, IL461 contributions
I have a mixed experience with contemporary art but decided to give it try. We had guest passes from a friend and so the entrance was free. Perhaps the most interesting part of the museum is the staircase. The installation inside (see the picture attached) call "Waterfall" was original. The rest of the exhibits were odd at best. I guess I have a hard time connecting with this type of art. Some other pieces were original, but overall I wasn't very impressed.
Written January 1, 2020
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liverpool1023
London, UK765 contributions
Couples
I wasn’t bowled over by MICA. The permanent Collection is a bit on the thin side; lots of filler and not much chiller. The consequence of having one Cindy Sherman, one Francis Bacon, etc means it all feels a little random. I think this may one to visit selectively depending on what travelling exhibition is on.
Written March 8, 2020
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Russ Lacuata
Long Beach, CA8,491 contributions
I am not a fan of contemporary arts at all, however I do appreciate and admire the seeing the artist perspective through art works. On my visit there was the Seeing Chicago, Duro Olowu , some very interesting pieces and others I thought it was straight garbage. The building alone is not very huge, but they make great use of the space for exhibits. One of the highlights of the visit is seeing the grand staircase with the web like nettings.

Written March 5, 2020
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PSS123
Croatia85 contributions
Couples
Having seen the famous Tate museum in London and having been disappointed by it, as a someone who do not really understand the "modern" art, I entered this museum with low expectations (I'm an engineer). But I was most pleasantly surprised by the social and societal message attached to the art exhibits. I was particularly impressed, and even deeply moved, by the "Prisoner of Love" exhibition. The glimpse that it offers into the African-American perspective of the society is eye-opening and sometimes even frightening. It made my hair stand on its end at times. I would highly recommend it.
Written August 5, 2019
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Luvs2TravelAnywhere
New York City, NY6,683 contributions
We were walking and just found the Museum of Contemporary Art. I loved it as much as The Art Institute. Make sure you check out their shop - very cool items.
Written April 10, 2016
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Ljpne
Chicago, IL29 contributions
Solo
I am struggling with what to say, without being unkind. Honestly, though, the city of Chicago should be embarrassed by this place.
Museum? No, it is not. At best, it is a gallery for temporary exhibits of questionable works by unproven "artists". Except for the Calder exhibit, it appears they have NO permanent collection…
This is a VERY small "museum", with very few exhibits. Unfortunately, someone made the decision to exhibit a large percentage of the facility space to show the most ridiculous home movies; the only decision worse than exhibiting them was the decision by the "artist" to make the movies in the first place.
I LOVE contemporary art, and have visited many, many contemporary art museums, including Los Angeles, New York City, Austin, and Kansas City. However, these people should be ashamed to accept your money; I know I certainly regret giving it to them.
The staff doesn't seem to respect the facility much, either. The docent leading the 2:00pm tour was not professionally dressed; she looked like she just left a Little Leage game or had just come from the grocery store. And even though there were signs everywhere stating, "No food, no drinks" there was an employee eating food ON THE ELEVATOR; and she was not returning from the 2nd floor cafe to the office area on the fifth floor; she was descending. No class.
Oh, and, they seriously need to assign somebody to clean the fish pond; it was filthy.
Written June 7, 2015
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Thanks for taking some time to write a review Ljpne, I thought it'd be helpful to respond to some of your comments as a clarification. As a contemporary art museum we do have a strong commitment to showing "unproven artists," it's actually part of the way the MCA started. We want to provide one of the very first platforms for these new voices and talents to share their art with the world. Sometimes this work doesn't resonant with everyone, sometimes the artist who goes onto become a major part of art history, and sometimes both of those things happen. That's part of the process of showing and debating new art. We do have a permanent collection though it is not on permanent view as in other museums, it rotates, and we also include the permanent collection in many exhibitions on various themes or ideas. Your review is from June 7 so exhibitions like "Out of Office" and "S, M, L, XL" (as well as "MCA DNA: Alexander Calder") are all exhibitions of our permanent collections, just around different ideas—putting the art in a new context brings out new ways of seeing an artwork often. The "ridiculous home movies" you saw were by Keren Cytter in her solo exhibition and indeed humor is a major element of her work as she intentionally deconstructs cinema techniques using lo-fi effects so you might have hit the nail on the head there. We will certainly look into your feedback about our staff as we'll want them to set an example for our visitors. Again, appreciate the time you took to review and we do hope you'll be back to visit, debate, and see new artwork.
Written June 17, 2015
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Martina N
New York City, NY106 contributions
Friends
In all honesty I am not a big city kind of gal and I don't necessarily care for museums or the arts. I usually prefer to spend my time outdoors but when visiting a new city known for its cultural and arts scene I do like to check out a museum or two - this was a visit I truly regretted. There is literally nothing to see in this museum. We bought tickets to see the David Bowie exhibit and opted to explore the rest of the museum while we waited for our tour to start and were left very underwhelmed. After 15 min we had covered the entire museum and didn't see anything that was even moderately fascinating. We ended up leaving and returning two hours later for our designated tour. The Bowie exhibit was unique but as my friend and I are not really David Bowie fans that did little to justify the $25 admission fee. Unless something truly special is being featured that is of great interest to you, skip this museum and don't waste your precious time!
Written January 8, 2015
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Vacationer36376
Detroit, MI1 contribution
The Museum of Contemporary Art is one of the BEST things to see in Chicago. While I was on vacation last month I spent a lovely afternoon there. I saw an exhibit of contemporary photography and video from China that blew me away. Not only was the art good, but the gift store and restaurant (Puck's) were fantastic too. Definitely will be back on my next trip to Chicago!
Written January 31, 2005
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