Vision and Mission

Vision Statement

The MCA joins today’s artists and audiences in courageous pursuit of a creative and diverse future.

Mission Statement

The MCA is an innovative and compelling center of contemporary art where the public can experience the work and ideas of living artists, and understand the historical, social, and cultural context of the art of our time.

The museum boldly interweaves exhibitions, performances, collections, and educational programs to excite, challenge, and illuminate our visitors and offer insight into the creative process.

The MCA engages diverse audiences and creates a sense of community by providing a place to contemplate and discuss contemporary art and culture and issues of our day.

Featured image

MCA Building. Photo by Peter McCullough, © MCA Chicago


Black and white photo of a man jumping inside a gallery-like space. His movement is simultaneously projected on a small television.

The MCA has a long history of taking chances on visionary artists' work. Chris Burden's performance Doomed (1975) comes to mind, as does Christo and Jeane-Claude's wrap of the original museum.

  1. Long This is a black and white image, either a photograph or a video still. The image contains three male figures. The thin, formally dressed man in the center is jumping into the air with his arms outstretched and his legs crossed. In the left foreground, also wearing a dark suit, is the torso of a man seen from the rear. This man, along with another, more casually dressed seated man on the right of the image, are watching the leaping man. In the foreground we see a small television monitor on which a live image of the leaping man is projected, with the camera angle tilted in a way that makes it look like he is jumping sideways. Behind the leaping man various framed posters hang on a white wall and ceiling tiles are visible overhead.