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Madeleine Grynsztejn with Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec: Bivouac October 2012
Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago

As the days begin to get shorter and colder in Chicago, we invite you to join us at the MCA to experience contemporary art and culture in its many forms. From the “sound and vision” of David Bowie Is to our free monthly Family Days to the cutting-edge performances on the MCA Stage and more, there is something for everyone at our museum.

The groundbreaking and very fun exhibition David Bowie Is continues its only appearance in the United States through the beginning of January at the MCA. This special-admission show has been attracting large audiences (some in David Bowie regalia, though this is of course not required), so be sure to purchase your tickets before he’s gone. Excitement about this survey of Bowie’s art and music has reverberated within our walls—through special concerts and talks, and on the essential Sennheiser headphone soundtrack that accompanies the show—as well as beyond the museum with events such as the recent David Bowie Day concert on Daley Plaza in downtown Chicago.

Through our BMO Harris Bank Chicago Works series, we bring the outside in, showcasing artists living and working within the Chicago area. Similar to Bowie’s interest in space, Chicago artists Sarah and Joseph Belknap create haunting and provocative planet models, landscapes, and videos of interstellar observation—a wonderful reminder of the vibrant local arts scene in Chicago.

Two new exhibitions that open this fall, Body Doubles and Anne Collier, will challenge you to think in new ways about gender in contemporary life. Like David Bowie, who was a key investigator of gender and identity in the modern world, these shows remind us that art has a key role to play in opening up questions and conversations about who we are, both as individuals and as a collective society.

The MCA Stage’s 2014–15 season is sure to bring you in from the cold, offering a rich range of theater, music, and dance in the Edlis Neeson Theater. From the cutting-edge Latin American theater of Teatro en el Blanco, whose company members probe the legacy of colonialism in the Americas in a daring, imaginary dialogue between Christopher Columbus and the Spanish queen Isabella, to (there is that space theme again) the strange sci-fi experimental musical drama developed by up-and-coming artist Holcombe Waller, to the annual family favorite, Taiko Legacy, there is certainly something for everyone.

While we hope you can come visit the MCA in person, remember that our website remains an active entry point to contemporary art and culture. Be sure to check out our newly launched 4 Stories interactive page, which gives you a more in-depth experience of all that is going on at the museum. And visit the recently launched MCA DNA blog, which presents a wide range of voices on art and related topics at our museum and beyond.

And once you have a chance to warm up inside the MCA and spend some time on our digital platform, remember that you can even sneak back out into the weather again to take in Yinka Shonibare’s billowing, summer-like fiberglass fabric sculptures, which grace the MCA Plaza as the latest installment of our Plaza Project. They are sure to impress, whether against the backdrop of changing foliage or the first snowfall.

Madeleine Grynsztejn
Pritzker Director