As you may remember from reading one of my previous posts, my dream job at the Art Institute is that of museum tour guide. So it should be no surprise that my favorite meeting of the month is one where we choose the themes and artworks for upcoming museum self-guides.
A little self-guide background…every month we create a self-guided tour of the museum that includes six to seven artworks that fall under a theme. The theme might be inspired by a holiday (see January 2010’s self-guide on avoiding the seven deadly sins in your New Year’s resolution), an exhibition at the museum (check out the August 2009 version, which pairs works from A Case for Wine with actual wine pairings chosen by Terzo Piano’s sommelier), or pop culture (November 2009’s guide features works filled with symbols a la The DaVinci Code). It is in the latter category that our February self-guide (one of my personal favorites) fits in—“Six Degrees of Francis Bacon.” Inspired by the popular game with the perhaps more commonly known film star Kevin Bacon, the paintings and sculptures listed begin with the artist Francis Bacon and move through a number of degrees to end with the artwork listed. Who would have guessed you could link Francis Bacon to Shakespeare and the Moulin Rouge?
So print one out before you come or, for you tech-savvy folks, pull it up on your iPhone in the museum. Happy hunting!
5 hours 50 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago OCTOBER 14—Join us for After Dark in the Modern Wing!
See the groundbreaking exhibition Moholy-Nagy: Future Present with special tours and late-night access. And check out live performances by Phebe Starr and Campdogzz, plus DJ sets from Shaka 23.
Attendees must be 21+. Hosted by The Evening Associates of the Art Institute of Chicago.
9 hours 54 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago Each Thorne Miniature Room is a tiny window to a larger world.
In Drawing Rooms, see the tiny rooms scaled to life-size. Remix and decorate them with drawings, then create your own miniature space—now available in the Ryan Learning Center's Interactive Gallery.