The Wreathing of the Lions is one of the longest standing holiday traditions at the Art Institute. A little background for those of you not familiar with the event . . . right before the museum opens on the day after Thanksgiving, we ceremoniously hang pine wreaths around the necks of the two lions who “protect” our front steps, officially (for us, at least) marking the opening of the holiday season.
This year we’re trying something a little different. We’ve asked artist Yves Behar (whose Terra Anima is currently on view in the Modern Wing) to design new wreaths for us inspired by the Modern Wing and the spirit of the holidays. We’re not going to give it away, but here’s a close up of one of the new wreaths . . .
But don’t worry: for all of you purists out there, the traditional pine wreaths will go up in the middle of December. Happy Thanksgiving to all!
6 hours 26 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago CLOSING SOON—Invisible Man: Gordon Parks and Ralph Ellison in Harlem
Two major figures in American art and literature aim to make the black experience visible in postwar America.
Closing August 28—http://bit.ly/2aQrnYd
10 hours 55 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago It is believed Van Dyck never intended for the early stages of his etchings to be circulated and was surprised by their immediate popularity in the art market. Finding success at a time when artists didn’t usually show works in progress, these “unfinished” prints helped set the stage for the more recent popularity of works that reveal the creative process. See the prints that altered conventions in Van Dyck, Rembrandt, and the Portrait Print—closing August 7.
1 day 5 hours ago The Art Institute of Chicago #TBT 1983: The museum held an exhibition for the collection of Jalane and Richard Davidson, Chicago collectors of contemporary American realist drawings. Acknowledged at the time for collecting against prevailing art world trends, they amassed a comprehensive collection of work spanning the careers of both well-known artists—like Jack Beal, pictured here with Jalane herself and a portrait he made of her—and lesser-known Midwestern artists. The entire Davidson collection was bequeathed to the museum and saw another exhibition devoted to it in 1999.