Paddles Ready – MCA Benefit Art Auction is Back!


In case there was any doubt that fall is the season for art, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago is bringing back one of their most highly-anticipated and spectacular events on October 23. After a five year hiatus, the 17th iteration of the museum’s Benefit Art Auction returns and seems to be bigger and better than ever.

Boasting both a silent and live auction led by Sotheby’s Deputy Chairman Oliver Barker, the auctions together will feature more than 100 spectacular works of art by artists from all over the world including renowned and distinguished contemporary artists Takashi Murakami, Sterling Ruby, Alfredo Jarr, Doris Salcedo and Hugh Scott-Douglas, among others.  Highlighting the auction, and in advance of his spring exhibition at the MCA, celebrated artist Kerry James Marshall is creating a special piece specifically for the live auction. Artist Nick Cave will also create a custom piece for the auction. From hanging installations to sculptures the event will have something for everyone. 

One of the very special parts of the benefit is MCA’s support for Chicago based artists. Theaster Gates, Jessica Labatte, Jose Lerma, Cody Hudson and Jennifer Reeder are among the talented group of Chicago artists who will have work featured in this year’s Benefit Art Auction.

Each piece auctioned off supports the MCA’s exhibits and public programs. A special preview will be held on Wednesday, October 21 at 6pm. A public online preview is currently available through Paddle8 and will be open to bidders through October 23. To purchase tickets or for more information on the Benefit Art Auction, visit