Not Always Your Cup of Tea

2010s Chicago Chicago Avenue Exhibitions

The MCA continues to challenge visitors with a range of contemporary art.

Because of the limited amount of space that was in the old building, it seems like a lot of my memories of exhibits are more here at the big—the big house. But I do—There was a Rauschenberg exhibit I recall at the old space, the Dan Flavin. And here, of course, we can't ignore the David Bowie, which I think put—just put the museum on the international map. But it's interesting, because contemporary art is such an ethereal kind of thing. And I know that being a huge supporter of the museum, I can still come to exhibits and say, "That's not my cup of tea." It's a challenging thing to look at contemporary art and I have a lot of friends who don't take the time to do it, but I think it's a real important thing, and important for the city of Chicago to have this amazing institution to expose people to different artwork.

Installation view, David Bowie Is, MCA Chicago, Sep 23, 2014–Jan 4, 2015. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.

Installation view, David Bowie Is, MCA Chicago, Sep 23, 2014–Jan 4, 2015. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.

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