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Michael Darling New Chief Curator For The M.C.A.

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When Madeleine Grynsztejn became director at Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art in 2008, the then-40-year-old institution was in the throes of what she called "a healthy midlife crisis": slightly adrift, re-examining its place and purpose in an art landscape dominated by the Art Institute and its coming Modern Wing.

Ms. Grynsztejn vowed to make the M.C.A. more relevant and accessible to a broader audience, to build on its history while attracting a new range of emerging and underground artists. She pledged to make the museum more essential to the city's overall social fabric while maintaining its ties to Chicago's core art community.

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