It starts with a polite but firm message from Facilities Management about holiday decorations and safety. No candles, please! A greater danger: the homemade cookies proliferating in our offices. Soon, there's a startling uptick in the number of people wearing red. The poinsettia tree appears on the Grand Staircase, and in Griffin Court young people sing in heavenly choirs most weekdays. The lions are traditionally wreathed the day after Thanksgiving, and this year, they decked our halls with controversy, as visitors weighed in with opinions on the colorful wreaths created by Yves Behar. Pine boughs replaced the rainbow wreaths on December 17th, bringing comfort and joy to traditionalists.
At the eagerly-anticipated staff party, we wish each other well, sample holiday cheer (in moderation) and marvel at the number of colleagues we have never seen before. We also marvel at the marvelous gingerbread Art Institute created, on her own time, by Sandy Hunter, our catering company's pastry chef. The School of the Art Institute joins museum staff in the Chicago Stock Exchange Trading Room, where art glass twinkles above the brave souls who hit the dance floor. As the US Marine Corps collects gifts for area children, a cheerful pile of Toys for Tots wraps up the holiday spirit.
In coming weeks, look for a post from Liz N., who took in the cavalcade of stars on stage at "Don’t Quit Your Day Job," an annual showcase of bands featuring Art Institute employees. Happy holidays, everyone.
17 hours 5 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago NOW OPEN—Humanism + Dynamite = The Soviet Photomontages of Aleksandr Zhitomirsky
The first exhibition in the post-Soviet world devoted to leading political artist Aleksandr Zhitomirsky offers a captivating portrayal of a satirist and loyal citizen who inventively furthered his country’s official causes across a tumultuous half-century.
18 hours 57 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago CLOSING SOON—Icelandic artist/musician Ragnar Kjartansson’s intensely durational works often manifest a rare synthesis of pathos and humor.
A Lot of Sorrow is both a music video and extended concert film, in which The National performs its ballad “Sorrow” on repeat for six hours. See the song take on new layers of meaning as the hours pass and fatigue sets in.
Closing October 16—http://bit.ly/2du3GXh
3 days 14 hours ago The Art Institute of Chicago Congratulations to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture on their grand opening this weekend. The building, designed by architect David Adjaye, is a truly historic addition to the National Mall in Washington D.C. #APeoplesJourney #MakingHistory