Stories

Description

The MCA tells stories about the museum’s exhibitions, programs, and history in many ways and through various media, both print and digital. This section of the site indexes our publications and productions, and invites you to explore them.

Annual Reports

The who, what, where, when, and how of any institution is revealed in its annual report. The MCA’s annual report lists the year’s exhibitions, performances, programs, donors, and acquisitions, and of course, the facts and figures that make it all add up.

Audio

A young child sits with his or her back to the viewer. The child wears oversized headphones and sits next to a woman at a wooden bench and table.

Our ever-expanding archive of audio recordings—including concerts, readings, talks, interviews, and tours—tell dynamic stories about what’s happening in the museum.

Blog: MCA DNA

Irregularly spaced words in black letters on a white background read: "imaginary portraits come completely from imagination, and modest one-syllable words. or, the colon."

Launched in June 2014, the museum's blog MCA DNA invites writers, including artists and archivists as well as staff behind the scenes, to search out stories and express points of view that aren't often heard. Posts in many media, including video, sound, and image, give insight to the core of contemporary culture. Blogs created for past projects are archived here.

Books

MCA books serve as enduring documentation of exhibitions and artworks. Recognized for groundbreaking design, many of these volumes serve as the first publication for an emerging artist or a pathbreaking treatment of developments in contemporary art.

Most early titles are out of print. The MCA is committed to digitizing these titles—many of which contain rare and difficult to access material. To do this, we are working in collaboration with artists and other rights holders. It's a slow process but one that we hope will yield valuable resources in years to come.

MCA Magazine

Published three times a year, the MCA Magazine brings together vibrant images and many voices of our community. It is one of the most valued benefits of museum membership. The magazine tells stories about our exhibitions, programs, events, and collections so you know what's here and what's next—and why it's worth your time.

Takeaways

MCA takeaways assume various forms—broadsides, coloring books, pamphlets, postcards, and scavenger hunts—to name a few. Even after supplies run out, visitors often ask for more. So wherever possible, we'll share downloadable files here.

Video

Telling a range of stories about contemporary art and our community—from videos made by teens to an artist studio visit to short- and long-form documentaries—MCA videos capture it all. You'll find every video we have produced here.

Websites

A Screenshot of the website reads the exhibition title, Kerry James Marshall: Mastry, in black text on a white background with part of an image to the right. We can also see a secondary header that reads "The History of the World According to Kerry James Marshall."

Exhibition microsites are designed to be enduring resources, sharing a wealth of information from reading lists, playlists, installation views, images, and videos, to exhibition gallery guides, reviews, and more.