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Air & Water Show on Kern Terrace

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  • Anne & John Kern Terrace Garden
    Outer east side of the MCA, accessible via the back gate and the Commons
    220 E Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60611
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Chicago’s Air and Water Show.

About

Take in the Air and Water Show from the MCA’s Kern Terrace and Sculpture Garden with an unobstructed view of Lake Michigan. Enjoy hotdogs, sausages, and vegetarian-friendly options from our grill, plus a beer or wine while you watch the US Air Force Thunderbirds and others streak overhead.

After taking in the sights and sounds, take a virtual trip in I Was Raised on the Internet, or through one of our other exhibitions by purchasing museum admission.

Exhibitions

  • Can You Hear Me Now?
    In a blue-tinted image a stream of water pours directly into a person's ear.
  • Virgil Abloh: “Figures of Speech”
    A dark-skinned arm holds up two fingers in a peace symbol from behind a monochrome light-blue mannequin.
  • Commons Artist Project:Brendan Fernandes, A Call and Response
    1. Long Two people perform in an empty outdoor parking lot, one lunging and one leaning back, with their arms extended forward and wrists flexed. They seem to face each other, but the masculine person is closer to you and the feminine person is several paces further back. Their dark skin is highlighted by bright sunlight shining toward you that casts their shadows on the asphalt. The sky is blue and palm trees are in the background.
  • Prisoner of Love
    The words "DEATH," "LOVE," "HATE," "PLEASURE," "PAIN," and "LIFE" appear in illuminated neon, organized in a circle against a black background. In order, their colors are orange, purple, pink, green, and blue.
  • Fragments of a Crucifixion
    A basketball player leaping toward the hoop as if to dunk looks as if their body is collaged with an image of Jesus Christ wearing a crown of thorns. A large audience looks on.
  • Atrium Project:Ellen Berkenblit
    A yellow, spotted leopard opens its mouth and bares its teeth.
  • Chicago Works:Assaf Evron
    A photograph of a light-colored rock formation shows a cross-section of sediment lines.
    1. Long A photographic print of a desert scene features a rock formation against a blue sky on a sun-filled day. The formation is made up of layers of sediment colored in a range of cream, sand, tan, and umber. The sun rakes across the surface to reveal the texture of the rock and creates long shadows. The central sediment lines are squiggly, winding horizontally across the surface of the rock. Dark crevices appear at the base of the formation and small, dried-up vegetation grows sporadically across the rocky ground. It appears as though it could dried-up riverbed.