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5–7 pm
Private Patron Reception
6–9 pm
General Reception


Vernissage 2016 at Festival Hall

Photo: Jeremy Lawson Photography

Leonard Suryagaya, Bunda, 2016. Installation view, Vernissage 2016 at Festival Hall. Courtesy of Leonard Suryajaya and Chicago Artists Coalition

Photo: Jeremy Lawson Photography

The MCA hosts Vernissage, the opening night preview of EXPO CHICAGO at Festival Hall, Navy Pier. This extraordinary benefit, organized by the MCA Women’s Board, is a highly anticipated event each year. This year is particularly special as it coincides with MCA 50, a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the MCA’s founding in 1967.

Entering its sixth edition, EXPO CHICAGO presents artwork from 145 leading galleries around the world. The exposition provides critical opportunities for curators, collectors, and art patrons to survey the best in innovative and emerging programs.

Proceeds from Vernissage raise significant funds in support of the mission of the MCA’s education department, whose programs offer compelling opportunities to explore, challenge, discuss, and reflect on the MCA’s holdings and the larger world of contemporary art and culture.

Anne L. Kaplan, Sally Kovler, Cari Sacks, and Helen Zell
Tonya Geesman, Christine H. Poggianti, and Ellen Wallace

Funding Partners

Northern Trust

Corporate Sponsors

In-Kind Sponsors

Thanks to our participating restaurants for the Patron Reception:

  • 20E, Talbott Hotel
  • Riva Restaurant
  • Belly Q
  • Sable Kitchen & Bar
  • Big Star
  • Tanta
  • Chicago Raw
  • The Windsor
  • Marisol
  • Yusho