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Dear editor:

In Fred Camper’s overview of Richard Feigen’s recent memoir [“Get Yourself Some Dynamite!” July 14], the Reader elevates one critic’s comment to ridiculous proportion, appearing as if it was broader than a single opinion. As presented, it implies that this represents the opinion of the Reader itself–not that of one former Chicagoan.

As the Reader doesn’t generally approach reporting in tabloid fashion, this editorial presentation is both disappointing and discouraging.

Since moving to our new building, more than 1.2 million visitors from Chicago and worldwide have visited the MCA to experience the work and ideas of the art of our time. Exciting, invigorating things are happening both inside and outside the MCA’s new home.

In the past year alone, we considerably expanded our exhibition schedule to include provocative, challenging works by artists such as Charles Ray, Robert Wilson, Jim Nutt, Sarah Sze, Jim Hodges, Adrian Piper, and Yoshitomo Nara. Our performance program continues to flourish, featuring artists such as Merce Cunningham, the Wooster Group, Ping Chong, and Danny Hoch. We have also strengthened our leadership in the area of education, with more than 14,000 students and 700 teachers receiving free transportation, tours, and resource materials through the MCA School Tour Program.

The MCA has also reached out to the community in new ways, from Marshall Field’s Free Tuesdays, to free lectures, to brilliantly designed free gallery guides to new audio tours narrated by artists and curators.

Right now, our front plaza is literally blooming with an extraordinary sculptural installation made from vegetation, herbs, and flowers by an innovative young artist, Tobias Rehberger. This Saturday, we open a magnificent retrospective of the works of renowned artist Sol LeWitt.

We invite the Reader to experience the thriving environment of contemporary art and culture that our visitors continue to experience and enjoy at the MCA.

Robert Fitzpatrick

Director and CEO

Museum of Contemporary Art