The Art Institute is releasing a number of publications to celebrate the opening of the Modern Wing.

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The Art Institute of Chicago: From 1879 to the Modern Wing
Erin Hogan
Publication Date: April 2009

Written by the museum’s director of public affairs, Erin Hogan, and published by Scala as part of its Art Spaces series, this small-format book looks at the growth of the Art Institute’s buildings from the time of its founding to the opening of the new Renzo Piano—designed Modern Wing. A wonderful selection of approximately 50 photographs of the original building and the Modern Wing complements text that provides a concise visual and historical record of the museum’s growth.

The Modern Wing: Renzo Piano and the Art Institute of Chicago
Paul Goldberger, James Cuno, and Joseph Rosa, with a portfolio by Judith Turner
Publication Date: September 2009

This stunning volume celebrates the May 2009 opening of the Modern Wing. An essay by Paul Goldberger, architecture critic at the New Yorker, discusses the building inside and out, its relationship to the museum’s older buildings and wings, and its relationship to its setting. James Cuno, president and director of the Art Institute, contributes an overview of how the Modern Wing came into being, capturing the people and city that made it possible. Heavily illustrated in full color with sketches; plans; renderings; models; photographs of the building under construction and after completion; and many shots of the interior spaces, the book also features a photo essay on the Modern Wing by noted architectural photographer Judith Turner and an essay on her work by the Art Institute’s curator of architecture and design, Joseph Rosa.

The Art Institute of Chicago: The Essential Guide
Foreword by James Cuno
Publication Date: April 2009

This revised and expanded edition of The Essential Guide features 320 works of art, almost 150 of which are new additions to the book. The entries, chosen by museum president and director James Cuno, represent some of the finest pieces from the museum’s 10 curatorial departments: African Art and Indian Art of the Americas, American Art, Architecture and Design, Asian and Ancient Art, Contemporary Art, European Decorative Arts, Medieval through Modern European Painting and Sculpture, Photography, Prints and Drawings, and Textiles.

The Art Institute of Chicago Pocketguide
Publication Date: April 2009

This revised and expanded edition of the Pocketguide highlights 118 notable works from the Art Institute’s permanent collection, over 40 of which are new additions to the book. Selected by president and director James Cuno, with the assistance of the museum’s curatorial departments, each entry includes a full-color illustration and brief, engaging text. This handy publication is the perfect companion for a trip to the museum. Foreign-language editions are available in French, Japanese, and Spanish. This book is only available in the Museum Shop.

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Master Paintings in the Art Institute of Chicago
Introduction by James Cuno
Publication Date: April 2009

The publication of this revised, expanded, and newly designed edition of the Art Institute’s most popular collection book coincides with the museum’s expansion into the Modern Wing. The book features 23 new works, including recent acquisitions and updated entries that reflect new research.

Cy Twombly: The Natural World, Selected Works, 2000–2007
James Rondeau
Publication Date: May 2009

Published in cooperation with the artist, Cy Twombly: The Natural World, Selected Works, 2000–2007 celebrates the Modern Wing’s inaugural exhibition. Generously illustrated in full color, the catalogue also includes an essay by exhibition curator James Rondeau.

Film, Video, and New Media at the Art Institute of Chicago
Lisa B. Dorin
Publication Date: Spring 2009

This issue of Museum Studies, the Art Institute’s journal, surveys recent film, video, and new media acquisitions and reexamines important pieces that have been in the collection for some time. The publication also marks the opening of the Donna and Howard Stone Film, Video, and New Media Gallery, a permanent exhibition space in the Modern Wing. Art Institute curators and staff introduce readers to one of the museum’s most vital areas of acquisition, exploring over 80 works by artists ranging from Bruce Nauman and Nam June Paik to Doug Aitken and Steve McQueen.