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In the mid-fifteenth century, the Virgin Mary’s significance in Christian Ethiopia intensified, ...
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In the mid-fifteenth century, the Virgin Mary’s significance in Christian Ethiopia intensified, and her worship was integrated into church ritual through daily prayer, feast days, and religious texts. Thereafter, the Miracles of Mary became one of the most popular themes for religious ... In the mid-fifteenth century, the Virgin Mary’s significance in Christian Ethiopia intensified, and her worship was integrated into church ritual through daily prayer, feast days, and religious texts. Thereafter, the Miracles of Mary became one of the most popular themes for religious books.
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The masterful illustrations of this 17th-century Ethiopian manuscript include scenes from the Life of the Virgin, the Miracles of Mary, scenes from the Passion of the Christ, and other events involving saints and martyrs.
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See "The Miracles of Mary (Te'amire Maryam)" on view in African Art and explore the full manuscript online through the "Turning the Pages" interactive on our website.
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 #OnThisDay in 1893, a young Hindu monk from India opened the World's Parliament of Religions with ...
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#OnThisDay in 1893, a young Hindu monk from India opened the World's Parliament of Religions with an electrifying speech that brought the assembled representatives of the world's major faiths to their feet. . The Art Institute celebrates Swami Vivekananda’s historic speech in Chicago ... #OnThisDay in 1893, a young Hindu monk from India opened the World's Parliament of Religions with an electrifying speech that brought the assembled representatives of the world's major faiths to their feet.
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The Art Institute celebrates Swami Vivekananda’s historic speech in Chicago on its 125th anniversary, a message of peace and tolerance as relevant today as ever.
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CLOSING SOON—"John Singer Sargent and Chicago’s Gilded Age" . Don't miss Chicago's biggest ...
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CLOSING SOON—"John Singer Sargent and Chicago’s Gilded Age" . Don't miss Chicago's biggest exhibition of the summer, hailed as "dazzling" by the Wall Street Journal—closing September 30. CLOSING SOON—"John Singer Sargent and Chicago’s Gilded Age"
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Don't miss Chicago's biggest exhibition of the summer, hailed as "dazzling" by the Wall Street Journal—closing September 30.
Our conservators and scientists work behind the scenes to not only maintain and preserve works ...
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Our conservators and scientists work behind the scenes to not only maintain and preserve works of art in the Art Institute’s special exhibitions and permanent collection, they also often make new discoveries and glean fresh insights along the way. . One newsworthy surprise resulted ... Our conservators and scientists work behind the scenes to not only maintain and preserve works of art in the Art Institute’s special exhibitions and permanent collection, they also often make new discoveries and glean fresh insights along the way.
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One newsworthy surprise resulted from conservators and scientists examining John Singer Sargent’s 1908 watercolor, “Tarragona Terrace and Garden,” which depicts the external arcade of a cathedral. While the sunlight filtering through the foliage appears golden, closer inspection reveals something surprising amidst the leaves.
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Look closely and you might spot newspaper fragments stuck in paint amongst the green leaves. Infrared reflectography (a hyperspectral imaging technique) removes color and allows us to see the newspaper’s text, printed in carbon-based ink, more clearly.
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To find out why these newspaper fragments might have gotten stuck to Sargent's watercolor—and other interesting insights into the artist's materials—visit the Art Institute's blog on our website.
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Happy New Year to those celebrating Rosh Hashanah. Shana Tova!
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Happy New Year to those celebrating Rosh Hashanah. Shana Tova! Happy New Year to those celebrating Rosh Hashanah. Shana Tova!
NEW ON VIEW—Baltimore-based artist Amy Sherald drew national headlines earlier this year when ...
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NEW ON VIEW—Baltimore-based artist Amy Sherald drew national headlines earlier this year when her official portrait of Michelle Obama was unveiled at the National Portrait Gallery. . See Amy Sherald’s "A clear unspoken granted magic"—now on view in Contemporary Art. NEW ON VIEW—Baltimore-based artist Amy Sherald drew national headlines earlier this year when her official portrait of Michelle Obama was unveiled at the National Portrait Gallery.
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See Amy Sherald’s "A clear unspoken granted magic"—now on view in Contemporary Art.
This Sunday! John Zorn joins a cast of superb musicians in 12 performances pairing his compositions ...
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This Sunday! John Zorn joins a cast of superb musicians in 12 performances pairing his compositions with specific works of art located across the museum. . Performers include Bill Frisell, Erik Friedlander, JACK Quartet, the American Brass Quintet, Kenny Wollesen, and many more. . Free ... This Sunday! John Zorn joins a cast of superb musicians in 12 performances pairing his compositions with specific works of art located across the museum.
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Performers include Bill Frisell, Erik Friedlander, JACK Quartet, the American Brass Quintet, Kenny Wollesen, and many more.
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Free with museum admission. Link in profile for more information.
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Born #OnThisDay in 1917—Harlem Renaissance painter Jacob Lawrence used his trademark expressive ...
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Born #OnThisDay in 1917—Harlem Renaissance painter Jacob Lawrence used his trademark expressive style to capture a wedding’s peculiar balance between the somber and the joyous in this brilliantly colored work. . Although the preacher’s face is only partially defined, he appears ... Born #OnThisDay in 1917—Harlem Renaissance painter Jacob Lawrence used his trademark expressive style to capture a wedding’s peculiar balance between the somber and the joyous in this brilliantly colored work.
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Although the preacher’s face is only partially defined, he appears to look down with great seriousness at the couple as they contemplate their vows. The exuberant colors of the flowers and flanking stained glass signify the happiness of the scene and create a composition full of movement and nervous energy.
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See "The Wedding" by Jacob Lawrence—now on view in American Art.
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 #TBT The front steps of the Art Institute, 1909. . Augustus Saint-Gaudens created the statue, ...
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#TBT The front steps of the Art Institute, 1909. . Augustus Saint-Gaudens created the statue, “Diana the Hunter,” as a commission for his friend, architect Stanford White. The work was first unveiled in 1891 and was created to spin atop Madison Square Garden. . As the completed statue ... #TBT The front steps of the Art Institute, 1909.
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Augustus Saint-Gaudens created the statue, “Diana the Hunter,” as a commission for his friend, architect Stanford White. The work was first unveiled in 1891 and was created to spin atop Madison Square Garden.
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As the completed statue was an astonishing 18 feet in height and weighed 1,800 pounds, White and Saint-Gaudens concluded it would not fit properly on the building. Instead the statue was shipped to Chicago where it was exhibited at the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition. Unfortunately a fire occurred eight months later, destroying the bottom half of the statue. The top half was recovered and presented on the steps of the museum's Michigan Avenue entrance in 1909.
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Saint-Gaudens later made another smaller version of Diana, which was at last placed on Madison Square Garden from 1893 to 1925, when the building was finally demolished and the statue removed. This version of the statue is now part of the Philadelphia Museum of Art's collection.
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Kerry James Marshall describes "Africa Restored (Cheryl as Cleopatra)" as "the shape of Africa ...
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Kerry James Marshall describes "Africa Restored (Cheryl as Cleopatra)" as "the shape of Africa reconfigured as a cubist sculpture," reversing art-historical narratives of modernist painting's appropriation of African sculpture. It formally references the nkisi nkondi, or power ... Kerry James Marshall describes "Africa Restored (Cheryl as Cleopatra)" as "the shape of Africa reconfigured as a cubist sculpture," reversing art-historical narratives of modernist painting's appropriation of African sculpture. It formally references the nkisi nkondi, or power figures, of the Democratic Republic of Congo. These sculptures were crafted as basic armatures into which layers of metals, mirrors, and nails were driven to activate their force.
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Affixed to the sculpture are "medallions," or "icons," in the form of images and texts laminated in plastic that refer to figures within the black freedom movement in America as well as to Egyptian iconographies adopted by African Americans in the 1970s as a way to challenge dominant Western worldviews. Notably, Marshall adds new elements each time the sculpture goes on view, including for this current presentation. Thus, the work can be seen as an unfinished, living sculpture—open to continued revision by the artist.
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See "Africa Restored (Cheryl as Cleopatra)" by Kerry James Marshall on view in Contemporary Art.
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OPENING FRIDAY—"James Webb: Prayer" . "Prayer" is an ongoing project, remade around the world ...
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OPENING FRIDAY—"James Webb: Prayer" . "Prayer" is an ongoing project, remade around the world since its first presentation in Webb’s home city of Cape Town in 2000. The Chicago version is the 10th and largest to date, as well as the first in North America. The work consists of recordings ... OPENING FRIDAY—"James Webb: Prayer"
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"Prayer" is an ongoing project, remade around the world since its first presentation in Webb’s home city of Cape Town in 2000. The Chicago version is the 10th and largest to date, as well as the first in North America. The work consists of recordings of prayer from individuals who belongs to dozens of faiths and spiritual affinities in the host city.
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Prayers articulate a basic wish for communion and often serve to solidify a community of faith in a place of worship. By deliberately gathering prayers from a variety of neighborhoods and spiritual practices and naming each of the participants and congregations, Webb aims to join together inhabitants of his host city.
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"Steamboat Leaving Boulogne" is one of Édouard Manet’s earliest depictions of the sea and can be ...
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"Steamboat Leaving Boulogne" is one of Édouard Manet’s earliest depictions of the sea and can be considered the most striking marine painting the artist made during this period. . It has a high horizon line and is filled with a wall-like expanse of water against which various ships are ... "Steamboat Leaving Boulogne" is one of Édouard Manet’s earliest depictions of the sea and can be considered the most striking marine painting the artist made during this period.
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It has a high horizon line and is filled with a wall-like expanse of water against which various ships are represented. Though boldly brushed and almost calligraphic in form, the vessels remain identifiable as specific types. A side-wheel packet steamer heads up the channel, leaving the slower sailing boats in its wake.
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See "Steamboat Leaving Boulogne" among ten works by Manet now on view in European Art.
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Portuguese painter Amadeo de Souza-Cardoso worked in Paris from 1906 to 1914, his style quickly ...
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Portuguese painter Amadeo de Souza-Cardoso worked in Paris from 1906 to 1914, his style quickly changing to reflect the many avant-garde movements he witnessed in the city. With its dynamic composition, lush color, and energetic forms, "The Leap of the Rabbit" shows the influence of Art ... Portuguese painter Amadeo de Souza-Cardoso worked in Paris from 1906 to 1914, his style quickly changing to reflect the many avant-garde movements he witnessed in the city. With its dynamic composition, lush color, and energetic forms, "The Leap of the Rabbit" shows the influence of Art Nouveau and the exotic costume designs of Léon Bakst for the Ballets Russes as well as the native Iberian tilework of the artist's homeland.
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"The Leap of the Rabbit" was included in the groundbreaking 1913 Armory Show, the first major exhibition introducing American audiences to European avant-garde art. The Art Institute was the first museum in the United States to exhibit the work of these artists. Souza-Cardoso contributed eight canvases to the show and "The Leap of the Rabbit" was purchased by Chicago collector Arthur Jerome Eddy while it was still on view. It entered the museum's permanent collection in 1931.
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See "The Leap of the Rabbit" on view in the Modern Wing.
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CLOSING SOON—"John Singer Sargent and Chicago’s Gilded Age" . Chicago’s biggest exhibition ...
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CLOSING SOON—"John Singer Sargent and Chicago’s Gilded Age" . Chicago’s biggest exhibition of the summer illuminates the connections of America’s leading portrait artist to the city’s vibrant art scene at the turn of the 20th century—closing September 30. CLOSING SOON—"John Singer Sargent and Chicago’s Gilded Age"
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Chicago’s biggest exhibition of the summer illuminates the connections of America’s leading portrait artist to the city’s vibrant art scene at the turn of the 20th century—closing September 30.
SUNDAY—Performance and Screening: John Zorn . Renowned composer/multi-instrumentalist ...
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SUNDAY—Performance and Screening: John Zorn . Renowned composer/multi-instrumentalist John Zorn leads 12 different ensembles in 12 different gallery performances. And catch screenings of 'Zorn (2010–2017).' . This event is free with museum admission. Link in profile. SUNDAY—Performance and Screening: John Zorn
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Renowned composer/multi-instrumentalist John Zorn leads 12 different ensembles in 12 different gallery performances. And catch screenings of 'Zorn (2010–2017).'
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This event is free with museum admission. Link in profile.
On #LaborDay, the Art Institute celebrates the vital contributions of American workers. Thanks ...
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On #LaborDay, the Art Institute celebrates the vital contributions of American workers. Thanks to everyone pitching in to make the world a better place. . Happy Labor Day! On #LaborDay, the Art Institute celebrates the vital contributions of American workers. Thanks to everyone pitching in to make the world a better place.
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Happy Labor Day!
CLOSING SUNDAY—"Georg Jensen: Scandinavian Design for Living" . Last chance to explore the ...
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CLOSING SUNDAY—"Georg Jensen: Scandinavian Design for Living" . Last chance to explore the work of one of the most celebrated midcentury design companies. CLOSING SUNDAY—"Georg Jensen: Scandinavian Design for Living"
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Last chance to explore the work of one of the most celebrated midcentury design companies.
Happy #ChicagoArchitectureDay! Experience the history of Chicago architecture and design with ...
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Happy #ChicagoArchitectureDay! Experience the history of Chicago architecture and design with hundreds of objects on view and visit the new @chiarchitecture Center during its Grand Opening weekend. Happy #ChicagoArchitectureDay! Experience the history of Chicago architecture and design with hundreds of objects on view and visit the new @chiarchitecture Center during its Grand Opening weekend.
"Approaching Storm" by Eugène-Louis Boudin exemplifies the artist’s signature style and subject ...
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"Approaching Storm" by Eugène-Louis Boudin exemplifies the artist’s signature style and subject matter in the 1860s. Boudin was a mentor and teacher to Claude Monet and one of the first French artists to paint in the open air, a practice that would be particularly important for Monet and ... "Approaching Storm" by Eugène-Louis Boudin exemplifies the artist’s signature style and subject matter in the 1860s. Boudin was a mentor and teacher to Claude Monet and one of the first French artists to paint in the open air, a practice that would be particularly important for Monet and his contemporaries, who came to be known as the Impressionists.
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In this painting, the agitated rhythms of figures in varying posture, dress, and size generate a sense of growing disquiet, as a pleasant outing is soon thwarted by the forces of nature.
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See Eugène-Louis Boudin’s "Approaching Storm" on view in European Art.
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 #TBT A view of Adams Street from the front steps of the Art Institute, 1920.
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#TBT A view of Adams Street from the front steps of the Art Institute, 1920. #TBT A view of Adams Street from the front steps of the Art Institute, 1920.
"Music and Movement: Rhythm in Textile Design” explores the various and complex ways in which textile ...
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"Music and Movement: Rhythm in Textile Design” explores the various and complex ways in which textile designers and producers have communicated sound and movement through their work. . Featuring a selection of 17th- through 20th-century works made in countries including Brazil, ... "Music and Movement: Rhythm in Textile Design” explores the various and complex ways in which textile designers and producers have communicated sound and movement through their work.
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Featuring a selection of 17th- through 20th-century works made in countries including Brazil, Finland, France, Japan, and the United States, "Music and Movement” invites visitors to consider how rhythm informs textile design around the world.
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See "Music and Movement” on view through October 21.
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In the urban republics of Florence and Siena, prosperous families used art to celebrate family ...
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In the urban republics of Florence and Siena, prosperous families used art to celebrate family life, in particular marriage, birth, and child-rearing. As part of wedding preparations, a future husband ordered art for the new couple’s bedchamber. This room had a semipublic function and ... In the urban republics of Florence and Siena, prosperous families used art to celebrate family life, in particular marriage, birth, and child-rearing. As part of wedding preparations, a future husband ordered art for the new couple’s bedchamber. This room had a semipublic function and would be the site of visits marking births and other family milestones.
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These decorative panels featured narratives of wifely loyalty or civic virtue drawn from ancient Greek and Roman history and from the Bible. Over time these pieces were separated from their function in the bedroom and were spread into other rooms of the house, becoming the basis of a family’s art collection.
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See these works on view in Medieval and Renaissance Art.
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CLOSING MONDAY—"Charles White: A Retrospective" . Don't miss this exhibition by Chicago artist ...
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CLOSING MONDAY—"Charles White: A Retrospective" . Don't miss this exhibition by Chicago artist Charles White whose powerful images focus on African American lives and the struggle for equality. CLOSING MONDAY—"Charles White: A Retrospective"
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Don't miss this exhibition by Chicago artist Charles White whose powerful images focus on African American lives and the struggle for equality.
"Nature does not create works of art. It is we, and the faculty of interpretation peculiar to the ...
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"Nature does not create works of art. It is we, and the faculty of interpretation peculiar to the human mind, that see art." . —Man Ray, born #OnThisDay in 1890 . See nine works by Man Ray now on view in the Modern Wing. "Nature does not create works of art. It is we, and the faculty of interpretation peculiar to the human mind, that see art."
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—Man Ray, born #OnThisDay in 1890
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See nine works by Man Ray now on view in the Modern Wing.
FINAL DAYS—"Helen Frankenthaler Prints: The Romance of a New Medium" . Explore Helen Frankenthaler’s ...
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FINAL DAYS—"Helen Frankenthaler Prints: The Romance of a New Medium" . Explore Helen Frankenthaler’s obsession with printmaking through rarely exhibited work and never-before-displayed proofs that illustrate her pioneering process. . "Helen Frankenthaler Prints" closes ... FINAL DAYS—"Helen Frankenthaler Prints: The Romance of a New Medium"
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Explore Helen Frankenthaler’s obsession with printmaking through rarely exhibited work and never-before-displayed proofs that illustrate her pioneering process.
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"Helen Frankenthaler Prints" closes September 3.
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@HelenFrankenthalerFoundation #HelenFrankenthalerFoundation
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Don’t miss Chicago’s biggest exhibition of the summer—"John Singer Sargent and Chicago’s Gilded ...
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Don’t miss Chicago’s biggest exhibition of the summer—"John Singer Sargent and Chicago’s Gilded Age."—closing September 30. Don’t miss Chicago’s biggest exhibition of the summer—"John Singer Sargent and Chicago’s Gilded Age."—closing September 30.
Narrative events are depicted on all sides of this 10th-century stele from India. A miniaturized ...
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Narrative events are depicted on all sides of this 10th-century stele from India. A miniaturized scene at the lower left—below the central Buddha’s feet—shows his miraculous birth from his mother’s side. The moment of his enlightenment is shown farther up, with his proper right hand touching ... Narrative events are depicted on all sides of this 10th-century stele from India. A miniaturized scene at the lower left—below the central Buddha’s feet—shows his miraculous birth from his mother’s side. The moment of his enlightenment is shown farther up, with his proper right hand touching the earth to witness. The scene of the parinirvana tops the stele; the Buddha’s life flame is extinguished as he reaches nirvana.
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See "Eight Great Events from the Life of the Buddha" on view in Indian, Southeast Asian, and Himalayan Art.
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SEPTEMBER 9—Performance: John Zorn at the Art Institute of Chicago . Renowned composer/multi-instrumentalist ...
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SEPTEMBER 9—Performance: John Zorn at the Art Institute of Chicago . Renowned composer/multi-instrumentalist John Zorn leads 12 different ensembles in 12 different gallery performances, pairing his acclaimed compositions with iconic works in the collection. . This program ... SEPTEMBER 9—Performance: John Zorn at the Art Institute of Chicago
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Renowned composer/multi-instrumentalist John Zorn leads 12 different ensembles in 12 different gallery performances, pairing his acclaimed compositions with iconic works in the collection.
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This program runs from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Free with museum admission. Meet us at the Grand Staircase or find more information on our website.
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NOW OPEN—“Vivian Suter: el bosque interior“ . For the past 30 years, Vivian Suter has lived and ...
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NOW OPEN—“Vivian Suter: el bosque interior“ . For the past 30 years, Vivian Suter has lived and worked in a remote studio on a former coffee plantation in Panajachel, Guatemala, over 100 miles from Guatemala City. . Installed in the Modern Wing, Suter presents her large-scale abstract ... NOW OPEN—“Vivian Suter: el bosque interior“
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For the past 30 years, Vivian Suter has lived and worked in a remote studio on a former coffee plantation in Panajachel, Guatemala, over 100 miles from Guatemala City.
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Installed in the Modern Wing, Suter presents her large-scale abstract paintings as immersive interiors that mirror the exterior of her home in the Guatemalan rainforest.
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A self-taught photographer from Scranton, Pennsylvania, Robert Earl ("Trees") Wilson would ...
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A self-taught photographer from Scranton, Pennsylvania, Robert Earl ("Trees") Wilson would go on to become a mentor to a generation of photojournalists who worked predominantly in Chicago’s South Side in the 1960 and 1970s. . In 1962 the Art Institute of Chicago presented Wilson’s ... A self-taught photographer from Scranton, Pennsylvania, Robert Earl ("Trees") Wilson would go on to become a mentor to a generation of photojournalists who worked predominantly in Chicago’s South Side in the 1960 and 1970s.
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In 1962 the Art Institute of Chicago presented Wilson’s first solo exhibition, "Chicago and Its People," which included this print. The exhibition’s curator, Hugh Edwards, noted that Wilson’s autobiographically driven photographs communicate "the atmosphere of the complex and contradictory time in which he finds himself situated" and praised their maker for his "natural simplicity and skill."
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See "Five Boys on a Beach" by Robert Earl Wilson in Gallery 10—a wide-ranging view of our city in photographs from the 19th century to present—complementing the exhibition "Never a Lovely So Real: Photography and Film in Chicago, 1950–1980."
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CLOSING SOON—"Georg Jensen: Scandinavian Design for Living" . Explore the meteoric rise of ...
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CLOSING SOON—"Georg Jensen: Scandinavian Design for Living" . Explore the meteoric rise of Scandinavian design in the United States through the work of one of the most celebrated midcentury design companies. . "Georg Jensen" closes September 9. CLOSING SOON—"Georg Jensen: Scandinavian Design for Living"
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Explore the meteoric rise of Scandinavian design in the United States through the work of one of the most celebrated midcentury design companies.
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"Georg Jensen" closes September 9.
Whereas other images in the Asian Art galleries embody Buddhist teachings that originated in India ...
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Whereas other images in the Asian Art galleries embody Buddhist teachings that originated in India and spread throughout East Asia, this female deity is distinctive to Daoism—an ancient and purely Chinese faith. . The Sovereign of the Clouds of Dawn is also known as the Lady of Mount Tai, ... Whereas other images in the Asian Art galleries embody Buddhist teachings that originated in India and spread throughout East Asia, this female deity is distinctive to Daoism—an ancient and purely Chinese faith.
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The Sovereign of the Clouds of Dawn is also known as the Lady of Mount Tai, a mountain in northeast China that is often the focus of sacred worship. She is revered for her efficacy in protecting women, healing their ailments, and helping them to bear healthy sons. Elaborately robed and intricately cast, this goddess is identified by her phoenix-crowned headdress and by miniature male children that stand on her knees.
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This compassionate but powerful goddess originated in popular beliefs rather than philosophical or religious texts. The blending of Buddhist and Daoist elements is commonly seen in many religious images throughout China.
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See "Sovereign of the Clouds of Dawn (Bixia Yuanjun)"—dating from the late 14th century—on view in Asian Art.
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During the period of transition between the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, the great Netherlandish ...
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During the period of transition between the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, the great Netherlandish painters worked with traditional forms to create more human and emotional images for personal religious devotion. Images of the mourning Virgin and Christ crowned with thorns, made ... During the period of transition between the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, the great Netherlandish painters worked with traditional forms to create more human and emotional images for personal religious devotion. Images of the mourning Virgin and Christ crowned with thorns, made in the workshop of Dieric Bouts, were an especially successful formulation, judging from the many extant versions.
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Set against a gold background signifying a timeless, heavenly realm, the Virgin was both an embodiment of compassion and an intercessor for humankind with Christ. This exceptionally fine painting of the Virgin was probably made by his son, Dieric Bouts the Younger, who carried on the activity of the workshop after his father’s death.
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Explore a range of devotional works from the 15th-century Netherlands and beyond—now on view in European Art.
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While the greater part of the water in southern Peru drains into the immense aquatic networks of ...
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While the greater part of the water in southern Peru drains into the immense aquatic networks of the Amazon basin, the western side receives practically no rainfall. In the luminous expanse, shadows reveal distant barren ravines, rockbound outcrops, and the scars of dry watercourses. ... While the greater part of the water in southern Peru drains into the immense aquatic networks of the Amazon basin, the western side receives practically no rainfall. In the luminous expanse, shadows reveal distant barren ravines, rockbound outcrops, and the scars of dry watercourses. The alien surface of the desert is invested with a sense of primeval solitude.
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Within this austere and isolated region, Paracas and Nazca communities developed symbolic forms reflecting their society and the peculiarities of local geography. There is nothing akin to the Rosetta Stone of Egypt or a corpus of Maya hieroglyphs to explain these images. Yet these objects reflect highly codified visual traditions, illustrating relationships between human society, animals, and plants within an embracing cosmological system.
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See many examples of Paracas and Nazca ceramics—now on view in Art of the Americas.
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SEPTEMBER 21—Artist Talk: Judy Ledgerwood . Judy Ledgerwod reflects on her work as an artist, ...
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SEPTEMBER 21—Artist Talk: Judy Ledgerwood . Judy Ledgerwod reflects on her work as an artist, on the occasion of her special exhibition "Chromatic Patterns for the Art Institute of Chicago." . This lecture is free; registration required. Link in profile. SEPTEMBER 21—Artist Talk: Judy Ledgerwood
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Judy Ledgerwod reflects on her work as an artist, on the occasion of her special exhibition "Chromatic Patterns for the Art Institute of Chicago."
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This lecture is free; registration required. Link in profile.
The Yoshida family has remarkably produced three generations of woodblock print artists in Japan, ...
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The Yoshida family has remarkably produced three generations of woodblock print artists in Japan, many of whom have been central to the major Japanese print movements of the 20th century. . Explore their work in "The Yoshida Family: Three Generations of Japanese Print Artists"—on view ... The Yoshida family has remarkably produced three generations of woodblock print artists in Japan, many of whom have been central to the major Japanese print movements of the 20th century.
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Explore their work in "The Yoshida Family: Three Generations of Japanese Print Artists"—on view through September 30.
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"Madawaska—Acadian Light-Heavy" is one of several studies of athletes that Marsden Hartley made ...
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"Madawaska—Acadian Light-Heavy" is one of several studies of athletes that Marsden Hartley made for a gymnasium mural. He particularly favored this model, a French-Canadian light heavyweight boxer, writing: "His body is so fine and dear I could work almost without end from him." . Hartley ... "Madawaska—Acadian Light-Heavy" is one of several studies of athletes that Marsden Hartley made for a gymnasium mural. He particularly favored this model, a French-Canadian light heavyweight boxer, writing: "His body is so fine and dear I could work almost without end from him."
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Hartley delighted in the boxer’s strong physique, exaggerating his anatomy and painting the background a deep red to heighten the impression of his vitality. Critics of the early 1940s praised Hartley’s figure paintings for their depiction of strong masculinity, willfully ignoring their controversial homoerotic undertones.
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See three paintings by Marsden Hartley—a central figure of the American avant-garde and member of Alfred Stieglitz’s circle—now on view in American Art.
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Vincent van Gogh’s technique in "Fishing in Spring" is a testament to his friendship with the avant-garde ...
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Vincent van Gogh’s technique in "Fishing in Spring" is a testament to his friendship with the avant-garde artist Paul Signac. Van Gogh had seen works by Signac and his mentor Georges Seurat in the spring of 1886 at the eighth and final Impressionist exhibition. . Signac was an eloquent ... Vincent van Gogh’s technique in "Fishing in Spring" is a testament to his friendship with the avant-garde artist Paul Signac. Van Gogh had seen works by Signac and his mentor Georges Seurat in the spring of 1886 at the eighth and final Impressionist exhibition.
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Signac was an eloquent spokesperson for Seurat’s pioneering Neo-Impressionist style—which emphasized a scientific approach to painting based on color theory—explaining it as a natural development of Impressionism. Under Signac’s influence, Van Gogh’s palette brightened, his brushstrokes became more varied, and his subject matter expanded. The setting of this work is the Seine River at the Pont de Clichy, near Asnières, where Van Gogh and Signac painted together on several occasions.
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See "Fishing in Spring, the Pont de Clichy (Asnières)" among seven works by Van Gogh—now on view in Impressionist and Post-Impressionist Art.
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—Art Walk . Explore the River North gallery district and experience a wide variety of art including; ...
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—Art Walk . Explore the River North gallery district and experience a wide variety of art including; sculpture, ceramics, prints, paintings, photography, and installation art. Then top this special night with an after party at @bouncechicago. . Ticket link in profile. . Proceeds ... —Art Walk
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Explore the River North gallery district and experience a wide variety of art including; sculpture, ceramics, prints, paintings, photography, and installation art. Then top this special night with an after party at @bouncechicago.
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Proceeds support the @artinstituteea's mission to fund exhibitions at the Art Institute devoted to today’s emerging artists. Learn more about becoming an Evening Associates member today.
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CLOSING SOON—"Georg Jensen: Scandinavian Design for Living" . Explore the meteoric rise of ...
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CLOSING SOON—"Georg Jensen: Scandinavian Design for Living" . Explore the meteoric rise of Scandinavian design in the United States through the work of one of the most celebrated midcentury design companies. . "Georg Jensen" closes September 9. CLOSING SOON—"Georg Jensen: Scandinavian Design for Living"
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Explore the meteoric rise of Scandinavian design in the United States through the work of one of the most celebrated midcentury design companies.
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"Georg Jensen" closes September 9.
 #TBT Though unknown and unpublished in her lifetime, Vivian Maier has since become an internationally ...
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#TBT Though unknown and unpublished in her lifetime, Vivian Maier has since become an internationally recognized photographer, best known for depicting candid street scenes in Chicago and New York. . Maier worked most of her life as a nanny, but she found time to take over 150,000 photographs, ... #TBT Though unknown and unpublished in her lifetime, Vivian Maier has since become an internationally recognized photographer, best known for depicting candid street scenes in Chicago and New York.
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Maier worked most of her life as a nanny, but she found time to take over 150,000 photographs, which were only discovered after her death. The date of this photograph is unknown but a family can be seen enjoying some of the Art Institute’s most beloved paintings, including Winslow Homer’s "The Herring Net" and Edward Hopper’s "Nighthawks."
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Last call! See Edward Hopper’s "Nighthawks" before it hits the road September 4. . The painting ...
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Last call! See Edward Hopper’s "Nighthawks" before it hits the road September 4. . The painting joins other iconic American works in "Pathways to Modernism: American Art, 1865–1945," an exhibition at the Shanghai Museum, organized in collaboration with the Art Institute and the @terraamericanart. . "Nighthawks" ... Last call! See Edward Hopper’s "Nighthawks" before it hits the road September 4.
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The painting joins other iconic American works in "Pathways to Modernism: American Art, 1865–1945," an exhibition at the Shanghai Museum, organized in collaboration with the Art Institute and the @terraamericanart.
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"Nighthawks" returns to the Art Institute at the end of January.
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The making of figures to guard and honor distinguished ancestors and give focus to ongoing communion ...
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The making of figures to guard and honor distinguished ancestors and give focus to ongoing communion with them was once widespread across equatorial Africa. . In their reliquary figures, the Kota peoples of southern Cameroon and northern Gabon reduced the human form to flattened shapes ... The making of figures to guard and honor distinguished ancestors and give focus to ongoing communion with them was once widespread across equatorial Africa.
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In their reliquary figures, the Kota peoples of southern Cameroon and northern Gabon reduced the human form to flattened shapes and planes accentuated with sheets and strips of metal. Their dramatic use of metal heightened their value and association with prosperity. Kota reliquaries had a profound impact on the work of avant-garde artists in Paris in the early 20th century.
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See these works on view in African Art.
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Peter Paul Rubens painted numerous images of the founder of the Franciscans, Saint Francis of Assisi. ...
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Peter Paul Rubens painted numerous images of the founder of the Franciscans, Saint Francis of Assisi. They emphasize his ecstatic piety, most vividly represented in the episode of his stigmatization, when he received the marks of Christ's Passion. In this simpler, portraitlike image, ... Peter Paul Rubens painted numerous images of the founder of the Franciscans, Saint Francis of Assisi. They emphasize his ecstatic piety, most vividly represented in the episode of his stigmatization, when he received the marks of Christ's Passion. In this simpler, portraitlike image, Rubens conveyed the saint's spirituality through his inward gaze and gesture of meditation.
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The preaching and teaching activities of the reformed religious orders, including the Franciscans, were important for the resurgence of the Roman Catholic Church in the southern Netherlands following years of religious and political turmoil in the 16th century.
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See "Saint Francis" among four works by Peter Paul Rubens now on view in European Art.
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TFW you reach 300,000 followers on Instagram. Thanks for being one of them <span class="emoji emoji2764"></span>️ . Something you'd ...
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TFW you reach 300,000 followers on Instagram. Thanks for being one of them ️ . Something you'd like to see more of in our feed? Let us know in the comments below! TFW you reach 300,000 followers on Instagram. Thanks for being one of them ❤️
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Something you'd like to see more of in our feed? Let us know in the comments below!
"Sargent was always a dazzler, and still is." —@wsj . Visit "John Singer Sargent and Chicago’s ...
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"Sargent was always a dazzler, and still is." —@wsj . Visit "John Singer Sargent and Chicago’s Gilded Age"—now through September 30. "Sargent was always a dazzler, and still is." —@wsj
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Visit "John Singer Sargent and Chicago’s Gilded Age"—now through September 30.
Gretchen Bender’s work traverses boundaries of television, gallery, theater, and nightclub to establish a space that simultaneously entertains and critiques the monolithic role of constructed imagery in mass media. . Named after the eponymous Paul Verhoeven film, "Total Recall" ... Gretchen Bender’s work traverses boundaries of television, gallery, theater, and nightclub to establish a space that simultaneously entertains and critiques the monolithic role of constructed imagery in mass media.
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Named after the eponymous Paul Verhoeven film, "Total Recall" is a monumental installation—an 18-minute "electronic theater," as the artist calls it, setting disparate visual material (including CGI animation, network news interstitials, corporate logos, and Hollywood film clips) to a pulsating soundtrack by composer Stuart Argabright (of Ike Yard).
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Like much of Bender’s work, "Total Recall" evokes the political climate of the time, including Reagan–era military initiatives, cold war politics, and the vicl war in El Salvador as represented by Hollywood.
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Bender’s approach—appropriating and recontextualizing the images as a visual assault—deters the audience from passive viewing and instead exposes commercial television for its manipulative operation and rapid consumption of contemporary culture.
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See Gretchen Bender’s "Total Recall" in Contemporary Art.
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Thanks to everyone who joined us for the Art Institute’s summer Block Party—12 hours of art, creativity, ...
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Thanks to everyone who joined us for the Art Institute’s summer Block Party—12 hours of art, creativity, and community led by creative voices from across Chicago. . Check out some of the other performances coming soon to the Art Institute! (Link in profile) Thanks to everyone who joined us for the Art Institute’s summer Block Party—12 hours of art, creativity, and community led by creative voices from across Chicago.
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Check out some of the other performances coming soon to the Art Institute! (Link in profile)
Closing August 26! . Repost from Architecture and Design curator @zoeryanprojects: . . . Last ...
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Closing August 26! . Repost from Architecture and Design curator @zoeryanprojects: . . . Last month to see Max Lamb: Exercises in Seating @artinstitutechi 2019 edition of the Franke/ Herro Design Series to be announced soon. Until then, I’m enjoying the last days with these beauties. ... Closing August 26!
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Repost from Architecture and Design curator @zoeryanprojects:
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Last month to see Max Lamb: Exercises in Seating @artinstitutechi
2019 edition of the Franke/ Herro Design Series to be announced soon. Until then, I’m enjoying the last days with these beauties. #maxlamb #exercisesinseating #artinstituteofchicago #design #chairs #madebyhand #madebymachine
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Tickets are now on sale! (Link in profile) . NOVEMBER 12—Concert: Thurston Moore Presents New ...
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Tickets are now on sale! (Link in profile) . NOVEMBER 12—Concert: Thurston Moore Presents New Noise Guitar Explorations . Sonic Youth founder Thurston Moore presents new work focusing on the 12-string electric guitar. . Presented with the @emptybottle Tickets are now on sale! (Link in profile)
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NOVEMBER 12—Concert: Thurston Moore Presents New Noise Guitar Explorations
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Sonic Youth founder Thurston Moore presents new work focusing on the 12-string electric guitar.
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Presented with the @emptybottle