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The Art Auction at the MCA

The Art Auction @ the MCA
October 30, 2010

The Art Auction, MCA’s most important fundraiser, is being held for the first time ever in the galleries of the museum. This year, the auction features works by the most recognized contemporary artists working today, including Olafur Eliasson, Louise Nevelson, Ed Ruscha, Mark Bradford, Kiki Smith, Lari Pittman, Julie Mehretu, Luc Tuymans, William Wegman, Lorna Simpson, and Christopher Wool, along with works by promising emerging artists.

Marc Swanson, Untitled (Crystal Antler Pair), 2009. Courtesy of the artist and Richard Gray Gallery

Guests may enjoy cocktails while they bid on silent auction artworks hung in the MCA galleries. A creative family-style dinner by Wolfgang Puck Catering takes place in a one-of-a-kind outdoor tented setting where everything is constructed of paper. Heffernan Morgan, the design team for the event, says it will be like “walking into a huge cardboard box for dinner with 500 of your friends, complete with paper floors, corrugated tables and walls, corrugated hanging chandeliers, and paper centerpieces. ”

Rodney Graham, A Glass of Beer, 2005. Courtesy of the artist and Donald Young Gallery, Chicago

The live auction, led by Sotheby’s Oliver Barker, Senior International Specialist, Contemporary Art, takes place in the tent between dinner courses. Barker is best known for calling the celebrity-filled (AUCTION) RED to fight AIDS in Africa with Bono and Damien Hirst in 2008. Following dinner and the live auction, guests move back into the museum for a unique light show, dessert, and dancing complete with custom-designed buffets, sexy lounges, and live music from The Marvin Little Band.

The event is co-chaired by Leslie Bluhm and David Helfand, and Liz and Eric Lefkofsky. The event takes place at 6:30 pm on Saturday, October 30, 2010. Proceeds from The Art Auction directly support exhibitions and acquisitions for the MCA Collection.

Ticket Info

Individual tickets start at $300 and table packages start at $5,000. The MCA is located at 220 East Chicago Avenue. Public tickets may pe purchased by contacting Andrea Miller at 312.397.3868 or amiller@mcachicago.org.