MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART CHICAGO SETS RECORD ATTENDANCE IN 2017
The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago had record-breaking attendance in 2017 for its 50th anniversary with a trio of popular exhibitions and a major redesign of the building that brought over 370,000 visitors to the museum.
The first of the three major exhibitions was Merce Cunningham: Common Time--presented with the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis--which was the largest survey ever mounted of legendary choreographer and dancer Merce Cunningham, and it featured performances by international touring companies and former Merce Cunningham Dance Company dancers. The summer exhibition, Takashi Murakami: The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg, featured the art and culture icon's immersive paintings and never-before-seen works. It became the highest attended exhibition in the MCA's 50-year history drawing in 205,000 visitors. The final major exhibition of the year was We Are Here, a three-part exhibition drawn from the MCA's significant collection that marked the MCA's 50th anniversary.
We Are Here opened with a free weekend-long anniversary celebration during which Mayor Emanuel deemed October 21, 2017 as "MCA Day" across Chicago. This coincided with the unveiling of the building's major $16 million dollar redesign, which created three major new offerings: Marisol, the ground-floor destination restaurant with an immersive art environment by international artist Chris Ofili; a social engagement space called the Commons on the second floor with an installation by Pedro y Juana; and a new third floor with classrooms and a flexible meeting space that puts learning at the very center of the museum.