MCA Chicago Presents Chicago Performs

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Photograph by Samir Mirza

Prepare to witness the consuming world of performance art as the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) Chicago announces the return of Chicago Performs. This annual festival, starting on September 7th, will feature exciting new works by three talented Chicago artists: Irene Hsiao, Jonas Becker, and Anjal Chande. It’s a celebration of the city’s thriving performance art scene, bringing together fresh and innovative works that reflect the diverse creativity of Chicagoans today.

A Showcase of Innovation

Chicago Performs is a dynamic platform that showcases the wealth of innovative performance art being produced in Chicago. The festival invites local artists to present their new performance works, some of which have been developed through the MCA’s In Progress series and New Works Initiative. This initiative allows artists to explore new directions, expand the scale of their projects, and reach a broader audience.

Experience Chicago’s Groundbreaking Artists

The festival aims to support artists who are entering new phases in their careers, from those stepping onto larger stages for the first time to those pushing the boundaries of their artistic practices. Chicago Performs offers the public a unique opportunity to witness these groundbreaking performance artists in action.

Engaging Conversations

To wrap up this celebration of artistic talent, Irene Hsiao, Anjal Chande, and Jonas Becker will engage in a moderated discussion with Curatorial Associate Laura Paige Kyber on September 10th. This conversation promises to provide valuable insights into the artists’ inspirations, creative processes, and the dynamic world of performance art.

Event Details

Irene Hsiao

Irene Hsiao | Blue Alice

  • When: September 7 and 9 at 2 pm.
  • Tickets: $19.
  • Where: The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, 220 E. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60611.
  • Who: Irene Hsiao, performance artist; Laura Paige Kyber, Curatorial Associate.
Jonas Becker

Jonas Becker | New Normal

  • When: September 9 at 7:30 pm; September 10 at 2 pm.
  • Tickets: $30 with discounts available.
  • Where: The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, 220 E. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60611.
  • Who: Jonas Becker, photographer, videographer, and performer; Laura Paige Kyber, Curatorial Associate.

Anjal Chande | The Next Cup of Tea

  • When: To Be Confirmed
  • Tickets: $30 with discounts available.
  • Where: The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, 220 E. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60611.
  • Who: Anjal Chande, artist, performer, producer, writer, and space-maker; Laura Paige Kyber, Curatorial Associate.

Talk | Chicago Performs Artists

  • When: September 10 at 11 am.
  • Tickets: $10 with discounts available.
  • Where: The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, 220 E. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60611.
  • Who: Laura Paige Kyber, Curatorial Associate; Irene Hsiao, performance artist; Anjal Chande, artist, performer, producer, writer, and space-maker; Jonas Becker, photographer, videographer, and performer.

Get Your Tickets

Grab your tickets now and prepare to be enthralled by the creativity and innovation of Chicago Performs at the MCA Chicago!

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