Installation process of Luc Tuymans wall mural, St. Croce, 2010. Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, November 8, 2010. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago


The MCA welcomes Michael Darling as the new James W. Alsdorf Chief Curator In February, the MCA opens Production Studio: The Artist’s Studio Inside-Out, which explores the relationship between artist and space, and celebrates the site as a source of artistic inspiration itself. In June, the MCA exhibits Alexander Calder and Contemporary Art: Form, Balance, Joy, examining the influence of the master sculptor on a generation of emerging artists. In October, the MCA presents a comprehensive exhibition on painter Luc Tuymans, co-organized with the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Wexner Center for the Arts, exploring how history, as well as the mediums of photography, television, and film, has shaped his work.

The Astronaut’s Birthday, a coproduction between Redmoon Theater and MCA Stage, features the MCA’s glass facade as a luminous host to a projected world that evokes 1950s science fiction and golden age comic books. The MCA Theater hosts the Italics Film Series, which focuses on acclaimed Italian films from 1968–1981, a period in which the country’s films were often internationally coproduced. The MCA Stage also features performances by the Akram Khan Company, Sankai Juku, and JASC Tsukasa Taiko, among many others.

Redmoon Theater, The Astronaut’s Birthday (behind the scenes). Photo by Scott Shigley.