Art can portray the world's most complex subjects: the passion of love, the horrors of war, and the despair of fruit waiting to be eaten. Hold a mirror to nature with today’s Groupon: for $35, you get one household membership to the Museum of Contemporary Art (a $75 value).
Among the nation’s largest facilities devoted to contemporary art, the Museum of Contemporary Art provokes profundity with innovative exhibitions, eclectic media and performing arts, and engaging education programs. Valid for two adults and children younger than 18, household memberships lavish a cornucopia of benefits on holders, including unlimited free admission and four free passes for guests, each of whom can sneak in an unlimited number of imaginary friends. Groupon buyers will receive a coupon for a 20% discount at the MCA gift store, regular discounts at chef Wolfgang Puck's eatery Puck’s at the MCA, as well as discounts on dance, music, and theater performances on the MCA stage, and discounted First Friday admission. They also receive invitations to members' previews, allowing them to feel as privileged as a hard-to-find hay bale in a needle stack.
This spring will see the arrival of the massive This Will Have Been: Art, Love, Politics in the 1980s exhibit, which gathers more than 100 works from the decade's most important artists, including Doris Salcedo, Jeff Koons, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Gerhard Richter. Museum members are invited to the This Will Have Been preview party in February. This month, indie-folk rocker Andrew Bird and sculptor Ian Schneller unveil their two-day sound installation, giving visitors a chance to see Bird's work outside of his sold-out shows. Family Days offer kids the opportunity to paint their own portraits, while entire broods can lose themselves in the museum's new four-story art gallery. The current crop of exhibits drawn from near and far boasts works from German-Icelandic artist Dieter Roth, and The Language of Less (Then and Now) gathers diverse pieces from the '60s and '70s from the museum's own collection and intersperses them with the work of contemporary artists, whose advances in less-is-more studio art have culminated in several rooms containing only a single atom.
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
Visual art styles from 1945 to the present converge inside the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago to create a sometimes humorous, sometimes dramatic, always diverse exploration of works by recent and living artists. Three floors of galleries house rotating selections from the museum's 2,500-item collection, which includes a range of contemporary media such as paintings, photography, sculpture, and installations. As a whole, the collection focuses on many of the major artistic movements of the twentieth century while also highlighting the work of Chicago-based artists.
Complementing these permanent pieces are rotating exhibits. Sprawling through minimalist, white-walled galleries, limited-time displays have showcased work ranging from 1980s pop art to conceptual abstract sculptures to performance pieces. Beyond the halls of art, visitors can peruse a bookstore, take in dance and music performances in a 300-seat theater, and dine with certifiably non-painted views of Lake Michigan at Puck's Café, a culinary collaboration with chef Wolfgang Puck.
Slide 1. Installation view: Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec: Bivouac, MCA Chicago, 2013. Photo © Studio Bouroullec.
Slide 2. Background artwork: Goshka Macuga: Of what is, that it is; of what is not, that it is not 1, 2012. Courtesy of the artist and Kate MacGarry, London. Commissioned and produced by dOCUMENTA (13) with the support of Fiorucci Art Trust, London, and Outset Contemporary Art Fund, London.
Slide 5. Artwork on view: Scott Reeder’s Untitled, 2011. Courtesy of the artist and Kavi Gupta, Chicago|Berlin. Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Commission.