Museum of the New

Board Donors Founders Renovation Staff

Madeleine Grynsztejn addresses the evolution of museum visitors and their expectations.

The founders guided us to this point in every way. First and foremost, by inviting this museum, demanding that this museum be constantly open and curious and vanguard on behalf of its artists and on behalf of its public. So it has always been a museum of the new. It has never been afraid of exploring boundaries and what I really love about this museum is that every day since it opened, it has shown you what you don't yet know you love. Then there are more recent members of the museum community without whom none of this artist-activated, audience-engaged activity would have happened.

I think primarily of three people first of all. I think of Stefan Edlis, Helen Zell, and Ken Griffin. Each of them contributed $10 million towards a renovation that will in turn benefit a very, very, very large public by creating a seamless nexus of art, learning, design, and food. And what's lovely about that is that that's exactly how the public likes to experience culture now. They're not strictly dividing art from a farmer's market, from the experience of a national park. All of that is culture. And we too are hybridizing our offerings because we respect and want to respond to the way audiences are thinking and loving culture right now.

The front steps of the MCA. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.

The front steps of the MCA. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.

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