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Podcast: Michael Darling, MCA Chief Curator, in conversation with Ari Bendersky

The latest installation of our Storytelling Series


FEBRUARY 2018 – Listen in as lifestyle journalist Ari Bendersky is led through the Museum of Contemporary Art by Michael Darling, James W. Alsdorf Chief Curator. Inside, Darling takes Ari on a tour of “The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg,” a retrospective exhibition of Japanese artist Takashi Murakami curated by Darling.

Tune in to our Storytelling Series with Michael Darling.

This February, don’t miss the continued partnership between the Chicago Athletic Association hotel and the MCA.  Starting February 8th, you’re invited to explore and participate in Instagram Bingo – a photo scavenger hunt of hidden gems at both properties. The game launches February 8th and remains live through the month, with complete Bingo submissions eligible to win for top MCA prize packs. While you’re navigating the hotel, don’t miss engaging assets debuting the MCA’s new campaign, Made You Look, featured in our Fine Arts Display Case opposite the Milk Room.


The Chicago Athletic Association hotel’s Storytelling Series shares compelling stories and interviews from inspiring movers, shakers and visitors making an impact in Chicago and beyond. From artists to musicians, innovators and adventurers to visionaries with a great story to tell – the series gives an inside look into the experiences that have shaped the speakers’ work and lives. While the hotel’s 125-year-old walls may not be able to tell tales of the past – and boy if they could – the Storytelling Series honors the tradition of welcoming the world’s finest into its halls by capturing today’s tales.

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