Located between Lake Michigan and the Magnificent Mile (Michigan Avenue), the MCA champions the provocative side of contemporary art and culture. Our innovative exhibitions, performances, and programs will inspire you.
Founded in 1967 as a Kunsthalle, or noncollecting art gallery, the MCA is now one of the world’s largest museums dedicated to the art of our time. Since our inception, it has been our mission to exhibit new and experimental artists working in visual art, music, stage, and film, paired with ambitious education programs. In 1974, the MCA expanded our mission to include collecting and preserving contemporary art for future generations with the inauguration of a permanent collection, which has grown to include more than 2,000 works. After 29 years in a storefront on Ontario Street, the museum moved to our current location in 1996, giving our collection, exhibitions, and programming room to evolve to meet the needs of 21st-century art and audiences.
The MCA's mission is to bring artists and audiences together to experience and contemplate contemporary art and culture in ways that can deepen what it means to be a citizen of both Chicago and the world.
Our staff cares about contemporary culture and works hard to bring it to our audiences. You don't have to be an artist or an art history major—just dedicated and open minded. Check out our current openings here.
MCA internships provide valuable opportunities to learn how nonprofits operate in the company of like-minded young professionals. Many of our former interns go on to careers in museums and other cultural organizations.
The MCA collects a vast amount of data that tell the story of our exhibitions, programs, events, and community. This section presents a selection of those facts and figures. New visualizations will appear regularly.