MCA members at the Circle level and members of the Director’s Vision Council are invited to participate in domestic and international trips with the MCA. Our excursions focus on unprecedented tours of artists’ studios, private collections, and insider experiences of various contemporary art events.
For more information about our travel opportunities, contact Kaitlin Allen, Director of Individual Giving, at KAllen@mcachicago.org or 312.397.3864.
Where we’re headed
Details forthcoming—check back often!
October 20–26, 2013
Join the MCA for an unforgettable journey to Turkey that will highlight both Istanbul’s unique history and its vibrant culture of contemporary art. Travelers will enjoy access to private collections and artist studios and tour the 13th Istanbul Biennial under the insightful guidance of Pritzker Director Madeleine Grynsztejn and James W. Alsdorf Chief Curator Michael Darling. Luxurious accommodations, as well as opportunities to relax in world-famous Turkish spas and tour the markets with private shoppers, round out the experience.
Where we’ve been
Escaping the Chicago cold, MCA members recently traveled to Marfa, Texas with James W. Alsdorf Chief Curator Michael Darling. Travelers enjoyed two days of private tours of local artists’ studios, as well as access to Donald Judd’s home and studio and the stellar Chinati Foundation. Our group lodged at the historic Hotel Paisano and enjoyed unique culinary experiences to complement the art excursions.
Ann Arbor, Michigan
In January 2012,Circle Donors and Friends of MCA Stage ventured to Ann Arbor, Michigan, to experience Einstein on the Beach, an unconventional opera by famed composer Philip Glass. In addition to attending the performance, participants also received a tour of the University of Michigan Museum of Art by the UMMA director Joe Rosa.
Los Angeles, California
James W. Alsdorf Chief Curator Michael Darling led an excursion to explore the Los Angeles art scene. The weekend included exclusive tours of private contemporary art collections, including those of Leonard and Susan Nimoy, Marc Selwyn, and Mandy and Cliff Einstein; visits with contemporary artists living and working in Los Angeles, including Sterling Ruby, Mark Bradford, and Thomas Houseago; an insider view of the gallery scene, with visits to the Broad Art Foundation, Regan Projects, Blum and Poe, and Susanne Viehlmetter; and meals at the city’s gastronomic hot spots.
New York, New York
Circle Donors traveled to the city that never sleeps to experience Olafur Eliasson’s Waterfalls and enjoy a private tour of the Whitney Museum of American Art’s exhibition on Buckminster Fuller. A true highlight was a private tour of Jeff Koons’s studio.
Documenta 13 and the Rhineland
In June 2012, members of the Director’s Vision Council traveled with James W. Alsdorf Chief Curator Michael Darling and Pritzker Director Madeleine Grynsztejn to Germany to participate in the epic contemporary art exhibition Documenta 13.
Documenta, which takes place in Kassel every five years, is considered one of the most important exhibitions for modern and contemporary art in the world. The trip also included a viewing of artist Gerhard Richter’s stained glass windows at Cologne Cathedral and a visit to the Museum Insel Hombroich, which is a series of artist-designed pavilions scattered throughout the landscape around the home of collector Karl-Heinrich Müller, along with curator-led tours of various exhibitions and meals with various artists at some of Germany’s finest restaurants and cafes.
Berlin and Copenhagen
Inspired by MCA Chicago’s artist-centric mission, the first Director’s Vision Council travel opportunity focused on the artistic genesis and journey of one of the most important contemporary artists of our time, Olafur Eliasson. Travelers journeyed to Berlin, Germany, the city where Eliasson has his studio, as well as the artist’s hometown of Copenhagen, Denmark.
This trip was led by Pritzker Director Madeleine Grynsztejn and coincided with Berlin Gallery Weekend, an annual event during which the city hums with artists, collectors, curators, and gallerists from around the world. Highlights included visits with the dynamic contemporary artists living and working in Berlin; tours of the private collections of significant collectors such as Erika Hoffmann; and luxury accommodations and meals at top gastronomic oases, including NOMA, recently named the “best restaurant in the world.”