First unveiled in 1913 on the museum’s South Terrace, Lorado Taft’s Fountain of the Great Lakes was the Ferguson Fund’s first commissioned work. The fund was established in 1905 with the express purpose of embellishing Chicago’s public spaces with enduring works of art. Taft produced this statuary fountain to honor the region’s great natural resources. The five bronze female figures symbolize each of the Great Lakes, with the fountain mirroring the lakes’ tributary water flow, starting at Lake Superior and ending with Lake Ontario. In 1965, the fountain was moved from its original site adjacent to the Michigan Avenue building to its current location along the Morton Wing, due to the construction of that wing and the new South Stanley McCormick Memorial Court. The fountain remains one of Taft’s most popular works and a favorite spot to relax in our gardens.
1 day 19 hours ago The Art Institute of Chicago Mary Cassatt was the only American artist to exhibit with the original Impressionist group. This sensitive portrayal of a mother and child reflects the most advanced 19th-century ideas about raising children. Scientists and physicians of the day encouraged mothers (instead of wet nurses and nannies) to care for their children and to include regular bathing in their hygiene practices to prevent disease. #5WomenArtists
See three paintings by Mary Cassatt now on view: http://bit.ly/2nl9Z68
Image: [Now on view in Gallery 273] Mary Cassatt. The Child's Bath, 1893. Robert A. Waller Fund.
1 day 23 hours ago The Art Institute of Chicago APRIL 21—Join us for After Dark in the Modern Wing!
Check out the new exhibition Go with special tours and late-night access. And catch live performances by Monakr and Mano.
Must be 21+. Hosted by The Evening Associates of the Art Institute of Chicago.