Many people might not think of the Art Institute as a publishing house, but the Publications Department, a publisher of books since the late 19th century, offers a wide variety of titles focused on the museum’s rich collection, history, and exhibitions. The books featured on this page demonstrate the breadth and depth of the museum’s collection of modern art and shed light on the development and influence of modernism. Whether the audience is children and families or students and scholars, these books provide a myriad of ways to look at modern.


African Americans in Art: Selections from the Art Institute of Chicago
Vol. 24, no. 2
American Arts at the Art Institute of Chicago: From Colonial Times to World War I
By Judith A. Barter, Kimberly Rhodes, and Seth A. Thayer, with contributions by Andrew J. Walker
The Prairie School: Design Vision for the Midwest
Museum Studies, Vol. 21, no. 2
American Modernism at the Art Institute of Chicago: From World War I to 1955
Judith A. Barter, General Editor

Architecture and Design

Figuration in Contemporary Design
By Joseph Rosa
Young Chicago
By Joseph Rosa
Graphic Thought Facility
By Zoë Ryan
Douglas Garofalo
By Joseph Rosa
1945: Creativity and Crisis, Chicago Architecture and Design of the World War II Era
With essays by John Zukowsky, Martha Thorne, Carissa Kowalski, Marta Wojcik, Lori Hanna Boyer, and Kay Manning
Zero Gravity: The Art Institute, Renzo Piano, and Building for a New Century
With essays by James Cuno and Martha Thorne
Notable Acquisitions at the Art Institute of Chicago
Vol. 30, no. 1
Masterpieces of Chicago Architecture
By John Zukowsky and Martha Thorne
David Adler, Architect: The Elements of Style
Edited by Martha Thorne
2001: Building for Space Travel
Edited by John Zukowsky
The Prairie School: Design Vision for the Midwest
Museum Studies, Vol. 21, no. 2
The Art Institute of Chicago: From 1879 to the Modern Wing
Erin Hogan
The Modern Wing: Renzo Piano and the Art Institute of Chicago
By James Cuno, Paul Goldberger, and Joseph Rosa
With a portfolio by Judith Turner
Konstantin Grcic: Decisive Design
Zoë Ryan
Apostles of Beauty: Arts and Crafts from Britain to Chicago
Judith A. Barter, General Editor


Beyond Golden Clouds: Japanese Screens from the Art Institute of Chicago and the Saint Louis Art Museum
Janice Katz, General Editor


Cy Twombly: The Natural World, Selected Works, 2000–2007
By James Rondeau
Jasper Johns GRAY
By James Rondeau and Douglas Druick, with contributions by Mark Pascale, Richard Shiff, Barbara Rose, Kelly Keegan, and Kristin Lister, and an interview with the artist by Nan Rosenthal.
Mel Bochner: Language 1966–2006
By Johanna Burton
with contributions by Mel Bochner, James Meyer, and James Rondeau
Michael Asher "George Washington" at the Art Institute of Chicago, 1979 and 2005
Whitney Moeller and Anne Rorimer; With an introduction by James Rondeau
Juan Muñoz
Neal Benezra and Olga M. Viso, with Michael Brenson and Paul Schimmel
Modern and Contemporary Art: The Lannan Collection at The Art Institute of Chicago
Vol. 25, no. 1

European Painting and Sculpture

Matisse: Radical Invention, 1913–1917
Stephanie D'Alessandro
Eight Great Impressionist and Postimpressionist Paintings
Katherine Reilly
"A Sunday on La Grande Jatte" Tunnel Book
Seurat: "A Sunday on La Grande Jatte—1884"
Seurat and the Making of "La Grande Jatte"
By Robert L. Herbert, with an essay by Neil Harris and contributions by Douglas W. Druick and Gloria Groom, Frank Zuccari and Allison Langley, Inge Fiedler, and Roy S. Berns

Gifts and Guides

The Art Institute of Chicago: The Essential Guide
Foreword by James Cuno
Notable Acquisitions at the Art Institute of Chicago
Vol. 35, No. 2
Faces, Places, and Inner Spaces
By Jean Sousa
Treasures from The Art Institute of Chicago
Selected and with a preface by James N. Wood
Commentaries by Debra N. Mancof


The Art Institute of Chicago: Twentieth-Century Painting and Sculpture
Selected by James N. Wood and Teri J. Edelstein

Museum Studies

Film, Video, and New Media at the Art Institute of Chicago with the Howard and Donna Stone Gift
Vol. 35, no. 1


So the Story Goes
By Katherine A. Bussard
Paris: Photographs from a Time That Was
By David Travis
Photo-Respiration: Tokihiro Sato Photographs
With an essay by Elizabeth Siegel and an interview with Tokihiro Sato
The James VanDerZee Studio
By Colin Westerbeck, with an essay by Dawoud Bey
Taken by Design: Photographs from the Institute of Design, 1937–71
Edited by David Travis and Elizabeth Siegel
Irving Penn: A Career in Photography
Edited by Colin Westerbeck
The Marvelous Album of Madame B: Being the Handiwork of a Victorian Lady of Considerable Talent
Elizabeth Siegel with Martha Packer
The Art of Victorian Photocollage
Elizabeth Siegel

Prints and Drawings

José Guadalupe Posada and the Mexican Broadside
By Diane Miliotes, with a technical note by Rachel Freeman
Drawings in Dialogue: Old Master through Modern, the Harry B. and Bessie K. Braude Memorial Collection
Edited by Suzanne Folds McCullagh with contributions by Douglas W. Druick, Brandon Ruud, et al.
Elizabeth Catlett: In the Image of the People
By Melanie Anne Herzog

Gerhard Richter. Woman Descending the Staircase (Frau die Treppe herabgehend), 1965. Roy J. and Frances R. Friedman Endowment; Gift of Lannan Foundation.