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!
19 hours 31 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago NOW OPEN—Rodney McMillian: a great society
Our latest exhibition in the Modern Wing represents the last decade of the artist’s work in video. Grappling with the complexities of class, race, and place in America, Rodney McMillian employs elements of performance, public speaking, oral history—and his interest in the science fiction genre—to expose the social and psychological consequences of economic inequality, endemic racism, and the failed promise of freedom and prosperity for all of its citizens. While McMillian's work engages the often stark realities of history and contemporary culture, it is motivated by the potential for alternative realities and future transformation.
See Rodney McMillian: a great society on view in the Modern Wing through March 26.
23 hours 20 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago NOW OPEN—Natural Allusions
For Chinese painters, images of plants and animals could convey human aspirations, seasonal themes, or wishes for well-being and good fortune. This focused exhibition features 17th- and 18th-century handscrolls reflecting a variety of artistic traditions as well as a selection of round, handled fans made for wealthy and fashionable men and women of 19th-century Shanghai.