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April First Fridays Apocalypse


Illustration by Jordy van den Nieuwendijk. Courtesy of the artist

© MCA Chicago

Tim Parsons and Jessica Charlesworth, Atelier Apocalypse. Courtesy of the artists.

© MCA Chicago

Adebukola Bodunrin, Animation still, ...Until One Day... Subject # 3, 2013. Courtesy of the artist.

© MCA Chicago


It’s a dance party at the end of the world at our apocalypse-themed First Friday. DJs Marc Hellner, Joe Proulx, Bobby Burg, and Brian Case bring the essential and celebratory Smiths Night, a monthly dance party that is making a stop at the MCA. Get caught in Sarah Belknap’s and Joseph Belknap’s foam meteorite shower drop. Create your own apocalypse with Adebukola Bodunrin’s interactive animation station. Explore ecological disaster with artist Maggie Puckett, and design your own survival kits with Tim Parsons’s and Jessica Charlesworth’s pop-up apocalypse design studio. Participate in evacuation performances by artist collective Hideous Beast, and learn the art of Morris dancing (a form of English folk dancing) with artist Andy Roche and Morris dance group Pullman Morris & Sword. The evening also includes live music performances by Ono, Spectralina, and Wherewheels.