Candid Candace: MCA's artEdge: an industrial wonderland

ArtMuseum of Contemporary Art ChicagoArts and CultureFitz and the Tantrums (music group)Chicago MayorDwayne Johnson

The MCA Warehouse was transformed into a glamorous, modern-day factory as the theme for this year's artEdge benefit for the Museum of Contemporary Art on Feb. 2. Upon arrival at the Near West Side venue, guests punched timecards before entering a world of fantasy, surprise live performances and unusual food presentations.

Peter Taub, MCA's director of performance programs, along with artist Jyldo (Jill Stewart), curated entertainment that included burlesque acts, acrobats hanging from chains in stairwells, dancers twirling around poles, and performers lip-syncing to club mixes throughout the industrial-chic building. With decor by Heffernan Morgan Designs, the MCA Warehouse was filled with whirring fans and state-of-the-art manufacturing presentations.

Comfort food was served from industrial-size carts, and included peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, fried baloney, strips of bacon and deviled eggs from Jewell Events Catering. Guests enjoyed beef stew served from conveyor belts, chili ladled out of garbage cans and hors d'oeuvres strung on chain-link fences. Paninis were flattened on ironing boards, and whole pigs turned on spits. After dinner, attendees were escorted downstairs for a performance by indie pop group Fitz and the Tantrums and a dessert reception.

Attendees included Mayor Rahm Emanuel and wife Amy Rule; Liza and Marc Brooks; Lisa and Michael Kornick; Kara Walker; Greg Cameron; Greg Thompson; Ken Norgan; Michael Kutza; Linda Johnson Rice; Julie Latsko; Caryn Harris; Phil Lumpkin; Shawna and Jay Owen; Theaster Gates; Tony Karman; Carol Prins and John Hart; Madeleine Grynsztejn; Melinda Jakovich and Lucien LaGrange; Lowell Kraff and Caryn Orlin-Kraff; George Jewell; and Les Coney.

Co-chaired by Anne Kaplan, Susan and Michael Canmann, Anita Blanchard and Marty Nesbitt, the event attracted more than 500 patrons and raised $900,000 for MCA programming and exhibits.

Freelance writer Candace Jordan is involved with many local organizations, including some whose events she covers

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    Candid Candace: MCA's artEdge an industrial wonderland

    The MCA Warehouse was transformed into a glamorous, modern-day factory as the theme for this year's artEdge benefit for the Museum of Contemporary Art on Feb. 2. Upon arrival at the Near West Side venue, guests punched timecards before entering a world of fantasy, surprise live...

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