The new mcachicago.org website does not simply incorporate a new visual identity, it also rethinks what a museum website can do, providing visitors greater access than ever before to contemporary art and culture. The new site offers expanded coverage of MCA exhibitions, collections, and events, as well as a broad spectrum of stories about our extended community of artists, audiences, and partnering organizations. It also serves as a rich archive of our past exhibitions and programs, and a demonstration of the long-term relationships that the MCA has forged with art communities and audiences in Chicago and throughout the world.
The new site was launched November 11, 2015.
The MCA website is produced by the Design, Publishing, and New Media department at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago: Chief Content Officer Susan Chun, Director of Digital Media Anna Chiaretta Lavatelli, Senior Interactive Designer Tobey Albright, and Production Editor Shauna Skalitzky, along with Manager of Rights and Images Bonnie Rosenberg, Rights and Images Assistant Lauren Reese, Rights and Images Assistant Analú Maria López, Production Manager Joe Iverson, Digital Media Assistant Paul Esposito, Editor in Chief Lisa Meyerowitz, Editor Lindsey Anderson, Associate Editor Sheila Majumdar, Design Director Dylan Fracareta, Senior Designer Mollie Edgar, Designer Bryce Wilner, and Designer Matt Tsang.
The site is the result of a collaboration between many members of the MCA staff and our extended community. We are grateful to the many staff members who have researched, authored, and proofed content for the site, especially Matti Allison, Annie Breckenridge Barrett, Michelle Clairmont, Radu David, Kamila Farshchi, Alex Field, Pat Fraser, Linsey Foster, Sarah Grosspietsch, Kristen Kaniewski, Nathan Keay, Martha Koch, Molly Laemle, Amy Louvier, Karsten Lund, Diandra Miller, Peggy Papaioannou, Phongtorn Phongluantum, Matthew Renton, Mary Richardson, Abraham Ritchie, Tola Ros, Jared Sheldon, Lily Yates, and Steve Zirbel.
Key contributors include Dutch design firm Mevis en van Deursen, responsible for the design of our new identity; Studio Tomas Celizna (assisted by Asger Behncke Jacobsen and Sebastian Ly Serena), designers and developers of the site; Sina Bahram of Prime Access Consulting, who provided accessibility training and consulting. Additional contributors include Marty Spellerberg, who developed and maintained the previous iteration of our site, and Nathan White, who was responsible for development operations through the launch of the new site. The site features a typeface designed for the MCA by Karl Nawrot.
The design and production of the site is made possible in part by the Kovler Web Fund. The digitization and cataloguing of works from the MCA Collection was supported by a grant from the US Institute of Museum and Library Services.
Accessibility on the Web
Accessibility on the Web
This website has been redesigned with accessibility in mind, and every effort has been made to comply with the website standards articulated by the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Our efforts to create a site that adheres to best practices in accessible design and that is also generous and experimental in its accommodations for visitors with vision, hearing, or cognitive impairment have been supported by Sina Bahram, one of the museum community's leading accessibility consultants and advocates. Together, we have developed a series of projects that we hope will serve as a model for art museums hoping to reach and support members of the disability community.
One of the most exciting and groundbreaking of these initiatives is Coyote, a toolkit and project to create and publish visual descriptions of all of the images on this site. Our Coyote software, developed with Sina Bahram's team at Prime Access Consulting, is an open source tool that we are pleased to be able to share with the museum community. Here at the MCA it has been used by staff from across the museum to produce image descriptions that allow the blind and visually impaired to engage more fully with the visual arts.
We are happy to hear from members of the community who have questions about our website accessibility practices; please write to us at [email protected] with any suggestions or questions.