Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

Since 1967, the MCA has been in the vanguard of contemporary art, making history with provocative and engaging programming.

The Library and Archives collection keeps that history alive and makes it accessible to researchers and MCA staff alike. The archival collections tell the story of the MCA's exhibitions and programming through a rich variety of materials, including publications, photographs, exhibition records, ephemera, videos, and audio tapes.

The Library and Archives does not focus solely on the past, but also plays a key role in the development of new exhibitions, programs, and scholarship. The 20,000-volume collection of exhibition catalogues, monographs, and periodicals supports the research and curiosity of curators, artists, scholars, and contemporary art enthusiasts.