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Clothing Swap with the MCA

February 22, 2020 11:00 am - 1:00 pm Parson's Pop-Up (The Tank)

The MCA Checks In to celebrate the opening of Duro Olowu: Seeing Chicago, the newest fourth-floor exhibition guest-curated by the multicultural fashion designer, Duro Olowu. Known in the fashion world for his unique fabrics and evocative patterns, we’re honoring the occasion with a Duro-inspired, pattern-focused clothing swap. To participate, bring a bag of items in and take a new bag out, transforming your wardrobe with a second look.

How to participate:
– Bring patterned or printed clothes, shoes, or accessories to add to the collection
– Clothing should be clean and gently used (no rips, stains, broken zippers, etc.)
– Swapping is simple: everything is fair game and anything left over will be donated to local clothing donation centers.

Tips & Tricks
– The first 75 guests to arrive will receive an MCA tote bag
– Come early and get first dibs!


This event will be held inside our Parson’s Chicken & Fish Pop-Up, located in The Tank on the ground floor of our hotel. Drinks and bites available for purchase.

MCA Checks In
The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and the Chicago Athletic Association hotel are proud to announce their on-going partnership. Throughout the year, the MCA will Check In—and extend its campus to the Chicago Athletic Association hotel for art-inspired events crafted for Chicago’s culture lovers. Guests can also view a Duro Olowu Seeing Chicago inspired installation in the Milk Room Fine Art Case located in the hotel lobby on the second floor.

Photo Credit Left to Right: Magdalene Odundo, Teardrop I, 1996. Terracotta and slip. 20 × 16 in. (50.8 × 40.6 cm). The Art Institute of Chicago, Harriott A. Fox Endowment. © Magdalene Odundo. Photo: Christina Ebenezer; and Jonas Dovydenas, Wedding Reception of Emilija and Romas Sakodolskis, Pakstas Hall, West 38th Street, 1977. Gelatin silver print; 8 × 12 in. (20.3 × 30.5 cm). Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of the artist, 1980.3.13. © 1977 Jonas Dovydenas. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago. Photo: The Art Institute of Chicago/Art Resource, NY; Duro Olowu, Spring/Summer 2020, Look 1. Toyin Ojih Odutola, An Exceptional Cloth (Adire), 2018. Charcoal, pastel and pencil on paper 40 x 30 inches (sheet); 45 1/4 x 35 5/8 x 2 1/2 inches (framed). © Toyin Ojih Odutola. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York. Barbara Crane, People of the North Portal, 2018. Gelatin silver print; 19 1/2 in x 15 1/2 in. Collection Museum of Contemporary Photography, gift of Jeanne L. and Richard S. Press, 1986:232.92. Judy Chicago, Sky Sun from Flesh Gardens series, 1971. Sprayed acrylic lacquer on acrylic; 96 × 96 in. (244 × 244 cm). Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift of The American Art Foundation by exchange, 2019.6. Photo: Courtesy of the artist, Salon 94, New York, and Jessica Silverman Gallery, San Francisco. Photo: Courtesy of the Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago.

February 22, 2020 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Parson's Pop-Up (The Tank)

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