Under 21
  • Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
    220 E Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60611

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21Minus 2018, curated by the Teen Creative Agency June 16, 2018
Photo: Grace DuVal, © MCA Chicago


Teens take over the MCA!

Teens take over the MCA with installations, workshops, performances, videos, music, and print works by Chicago artists under 21.

The MCA’s Teen Creative Agency—25 curious, creative 15–19-year-olds from all over the Chicagoland area—present the seventh annual 21Minus. This festival of teen creativity and passion fills the museum with exciting, out-there projects that invite visitors to engage with the museum and each other in unexpected ways. 21Minus is curated and produced by TCA.

This event is free for people age 21 and under and their families.

Youth-led events highlight Chicago artists under 21 years old and are organized by Grace Needlman, Manager of Youth and Family Programs, and Ellen Chu, Coordinator of Family, Youth, School, and Teacher Programs.

Program List


Watch performances

2 pm The Virgin Jerry
2:45 pm Corn on My Dinner Plate
3:30 pm Logan Zayas
3:35 pm Sól
4:30 pm Phalair Carter
4:45 pm Jordan Martin
5:30 pm Final Celebration

Experience artists’ projects including:

  • Photobooths by Yollocalli Arts Reach and Mya Cavner
  • Live figure drawing with Jacob Torres Interactive video and light installations by Ana Paramo and Ruth Plumb
  • A scream closet by Alexis Yracheta
  • Have a conversation you’ve always wanted to have with Rachel Dohner

Participate in workshops:

  • Refurbish old skateboards with Sprucing Up Skateboards
  • Add to a collaborative denim installation by Jonathan Swain
  • Reimagine the value of brands in TCA’s “Workshop”
  • Trade facts about black owned businesses for swag from Darius Jones

Catch sight of roving performances and fashion by:

Enjoy zines and prints by:

  • Alexa Jurado
  • Angel Cano
  • Ethan Switall
  • Lydia Quinnan
  • Madison Grant
  • Ariadna Perez and Daniel Brito-Virto
  • Zoe Cloud
  • Teen Creative Agency


A group of ten Chicago teens jump excitedly on the MCA plaza, each of them wearing a 21 Minus T-shirt.

Teen Creative Agency

Over a dozen TCA members gather and pose inside of Alexandre da Cunha's *Figurehead* sculpture.