The Museum of Contemporary Art explores art dating from 1945 to present-day with a strong focus on surrealism, minimalism, conceptual photography and work by Chicago-based artists. Iconic pieces by Jasper Johns, Chuck Close and Andy Warhol are seen alongside a diverse rotation of temporary exhibits, demonstrating the many facets of contemporary visual culture. Art workshops, lectures and musical performances are held at the MCA regularly.
Address:220 E. Chicago Avenue
Loyola University Museum of Art opened October 2005. The Loyola University Museum of Art is dedicated to exploring art in relation to spirituality—illustrated by the first floor lobby’s “five windows of faith”, representing the five major world views of Hinduism, Judaism, Buddhism, Christianity and Islam. As a museum with an interest in educational programming, Loyola University Museum of Art reflects the University's Jesuit Mission and is dedicated to helping people of all creeds explore the roots of their own faith.
Address: 820 N. Michigan Avenue
A resident organization of Columbia College, the admission-free Museum of Contemporary Photography (600 S. Michigan Avenue) is the only museum in the Midwest committed exclusively to photography. A more unusual form of visual art can be viewed at the Museum of Holography where visitors can be amazed by the three-dimensional images created by lasers.
Address: 600 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605
Chicago is also home to the National Vietnam Veterans Art Museum . The collection includes more than 500 works of art, including paintings, drawings and sculptures, created by more than 95 artists from around the world, all of whom served in the Vietnam War. An audio-visual presentation and artifacts of war are also on display.
Address: 1801 S. Indiana Avenue, Chicago
The work of local and emerging artists, as well as major traveling exhibitions from the U.S. and abroad, is frequently featured in the galleries of the Chicago Cultural Center . Housed in the first permanent Chicago Public Library building, this historical landmark boasts the world’s largest Tiffany stained-glass dome (restoration scheduled for completion in June 2008), broad marble staircases, colorful mosaics and Beaux-Arts architecture. The Cultural Center offers free programs daily, including concerts, films, plays and dance performance
Address: 78 E. Washington Street, Chicago
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