Following in the footsteps of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art has recently announced that it will off free admission to teenagers beginning in June. The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago is a contemporary art museum near Water Tower Place in downtown Chicago in Cook County, Illinois, United States. The museum, which was established in 1967, is one of the world’s largest contemporary art venues.
The program to let those 18 and under in for FREE is underwritten through a grant from Chicago philanthropists Liz and Eric Lefkofsky, who are making the donation to mark the upcoming 50th anniversary of the museum just east of Michigan Avenue.
COMING EVENTS: There are two things to look forward to in the next 12- months. This June, the MCA’s new look will debut along with the opening of Takashi Murakami: The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg (profiled in the Art & Artist section of this issue) and an additional partnership with ComplexCon, a curated cultural festival. A special anniversary ArtEdge: 50 dinner party and concert on June 3 will have Pharrell Williams as the musical curator. At a recent press conference for the show with artist Murakami, the popular song “Happy” by Pharrell played in the background – a sign of that youthful spirit the MCA is committed to honor. Also, next April, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago will present “Picture Fictions: Kenneth Josephson and Contemporary Photography.” The Detroit-born Mr. Josephson, 84, studied with the photography legends Harry Callahan and Aaron Siskind at the Illinois Institute of Technology in the late 1950s, and has been based in Chicago ever since.
NOTE: A reminder that the MCA has free admission very Tuesday for Illinoisans, said an official. In addition, the museum currently is free to student school groups, and to active members of the military, veterans, police and firefighters. About 44 percent of the museum’s attendance, or approximately 107,000 people, last year entered for free, the document said.
The new teen admission policy was influenced by glowing reports from peer institutions across the country on the effectiveness of letting high-schoolers in free, Reitmaier said. Not only does reducing entry barriers align with institutions’ educational goals, but it helps them to build an audience of future museumgoers. The Art Institute began letting in for free Chicago teens aged 14-17 beginning in 2017; previously, those 13 and under got in free. In addition to going a year older, the MCA’s program places no geographic restrictions on who will get in without paying; it currently does not charge those 12 and under.