Like a mirror, art reflects the beauty of the world around us, reveals who we truly are, and can contain a lot of naked people. Step into a funhouse of art-mirrors with today's Groupon: for $10, you get two one-day general-admission passes to the Museum of Contemporary Art (a $24 value). Admission to the museum is always free for military personnel and children 12 and younger, and for Illinois residents on Tuesdays.
Among the nation’s largest facilities devoted to contemporary art, the Museum of Contemporary Art provokes profundity in media as diverse as painting, sculpture, video, and performance. The current crop of exhibits drawn from near and far boasts works from Chicago-based Dan Gunn, whose 3-D abstract objects refuse to be defined as painting, sculpture, or either a prep or a jock. On October 8, 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.
Visitors are encouraged to follow along on a 45-minute free daily tour or check out a free iPod from the admissions desk, loaded with insights into the museums collections and surprise Boyz II Men jams. After navigating the museum’s ballyhooed hallways and terraced sculpture garden, peckish culture clobberers may wish to stop into the whimsical, curio-stuffed gift shop, or grab a bite at Puck’s at the MCA, the on-site Wolfgang Puck eatery devoted to seasonal Mediterranean and Asian fare.
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.