Saturday, 21. October 2017, Chicago, MCA Hearts Chicago

In honor of the 50th anniversary of the MCA’s founding, we're celebrating our city and the role contemporary museums play in fostering creative connections and communities with a weekend-long event. Enjoy free admission and join preeminent Chicago artists from a range of disciplines to pay homage to the past, celebrate the present, and pave the way for the future.

The event launches the museum’s new community space, the Commons, and is also marked by a museum-wide landmark exhibition—organized collaboratively by three of the museum’s visual arts curators—that highlights the museum's permanent collection of art from 1945 to today. Learn more:

MCA Hearts Chicago features the following artistic lineup + more:

Alberto Aguilar\Jeanette Andrews\Beer Garden\Cheryl Lynn Bruce\Chicago Children’s Choir\Billy Corgan\CumbiaSazo!\Christa Donner\Rachel Ellison\Enemy Kitchen\Brendan Fernandes\Lupe Fiasco*\GlitterGuts\Ikram Goldman\Chris Jones\Lykanthea\Lou Mallozzi in collaboration with Fred Schmalz\Liz McCarthy\Muffy Fishbasket\Kaycee Ortiz\Edra Soto\South Shore Drill Team\Lucy Stoole\theMIND\Jamila Woods\Young Chicago Authors

*Free tickets for the Lupe Fiasco performance can be reserved starting Wednesday, October 18 at noon.


SATURDAY (10 am–11 pm)

10 am Lykanthea (PLAZA)
11 am Opening Ceremony, with the Chicago Children's Choir (PLAZA)
Noon–2 pm Lou Mallozzi with Fred Schmalz, Tracking Shots (PERIMETER OF BUILDING)
12:15 pm Liz McCarthy, Whistle Hang Out (ATRIUM and STAIRS)
1–3 pm Family Nook and Story Time with Drag Queens featuring Muffy Fishbasket (TERRACE)
2 pm Participatory Music Coalition (ATRIUM)
3 pm South Shore Drill Team (PLAZA —> ATRIUM —> TERRACE)
3:30 pm Cake is served! Artist-designed cakes created by Bon Vivant Bakery (TERRACE)
5 pm avery r. young and de deacon board perform protest pretty, followed by Jamila Woods in conversation with avery r. young and Tasha Viets-VanLear (THEATER)

After Hours in the Atrium (ticket required)*
6:30–9:30 pm After Hours in the Atrium (ticket required)*
Featuring DJ caliXta of CumbioSazo!, theMIND, Kaycee Ortiz, and Lupe Fiasco with DJ Double L

9:30 pm Legacy in The Living
Recount Chicago's musical history in an immersive dance party with Kiara Lanier and Dj Duane Powell.

*Atrium access is by pre-reserved free ticket for these performances. Ticket holders enter Atrium through Plaza steps. Tickets can be reserved starting Wednesday, October 18 at noon. Atrium reopens to the public at 9:30pm for the Dance Party.


Alberto Aguilar, Retelling Objects
Beer Garden
CHI Voices Flash Talks
Edra Soto, Open 24 Hours
GlitterGuts Photobooth
Jeanette Andrews, Invisible Roses
Rachel Ellison, Rehearsals for Ways of Being

SUNDAY (10 am–5 pm)


9 am Christa Donner, Guided, reservation required (ATRIUM)
11 am Screening: Nobody's Here but Me (THEATER)
11:30 am Young Chicago Authors Pop-Up (GALLERIES)
Noon Michael Rakowitz, Enemy Kitchen (PLAZA)
Noon–4 pm Teen Creative Agency: MCA 100 (LAKE VIEW ROOM)
12:30 pm Behind "the Stage" Tour with Yolanda Cesta Cursach, Curator of Performance (4TH-FLOOR LOBBY and BACKSTAGE)
12:30, 2, and 3:30 pm Brendan Fernandes, Art by Snapchat
1 pm Aaron Hughes, Tea Performance (PLAZA)
1 pm Screening: Burden (THEATER)
1:30 pm Young Chicago Authors Pop-Up (GALLERIES)
2:30 pm Behind "the Stage" Tour with Tara Aisha Willis, Associate Curator of Performance (4TH-FLOOR LOBBY and BACKSTAGE)
3 pm Screening: Hairy Who & the Chicago Imagists (THEATER)
3:30 pm Young Chicago Authors Pop-Up (GALLERIES)


Alberto Aguilar, Retelling Objects
Beer Garden
Library Hours: Explore the MCA’s Performance Archive
Collector Pop-Up Talks
Edra Soto, Open 24 Hours
Exhibition Tours with MCA Curators Naomi Beckwith, Jose Esparza Chong Cuy, Omar Kholeif, and Lynne Warren
MCA Stories

Lyft is the official rideshare partner for MCA Hearts Chicago. Take advantage of the celebratory promotion by using code MCA50TH and receive 20% off 2 rides to or from the MCA over the weekend of 10/21 - 10/22.

MCA Hearts Chicago is co-organized by MCA Chicago and No Small Plans Productions

MCA Hearts Chicago

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