In addition to the museum being free all month long—that's right, free admission every single day—there are also free art-making activities, gallery talks, family programs, lectures, conversations, performances (you get the picture) all month long. And to entice you further, a couple of my upcoming favorite events include:
As part of their year-long dance residency at the Art Institute, dancers from Hubbard Street Dance Chicago's HS2 will perform pieces inspired by the Art Institute in the middle of Griffin Court. Come and see how these dancers interpret painting and sculpture in a thoroughly dynamic way.
Ever wonder what contemporary artists think about artists from the past? Well wonder no more. Andreas Fischer will discuss his work in relation to works by Gustave Courbet in the Art Institute's permanent collection.
So no excuses, people! (And just for the record, I will not accept the cold, miserable weather here in Chicago as an excuse.) If you haven't been to the Modern Wing yet, now's the time.
16 hours 27 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago Artists in 19th-century Paris went crazy for big cats. ARTicle explores the history around this obsession and some of the works now on view in Lion Hunters: Copying Delacroix's Big Cats.
22 hours 5 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago “Painting depends on ink, ink depends on brush, brush depends on wrist, and wrist depends on the heart and mind.” —Tao Chi
The Inspired Chinese Brush is an installation of traditional Chinese ink paintings showcasing the rich variety of textural effects that could be achieved through careful control of the combination of ink and brushes used in their creation. Tang Yin’s painting Drinking at Night portrays the prominent 11th–century Chinese poet, calligrapher, and governmental official Su Shi drinking alone in a pavilion on a moonlit night. The work gets its name from Su Shi’s poem “Drinking on an Evening in Spring,” which is quoted on the scroll following the painting.
See this painting and the rest of the exhibition on view now in Gallery 134.
1 day 14 hours ago The Art Institute of Chicago The Museum Shop’s new fall collection has arrived online! Spend $75 or more by August 31 and receive free standard shipping on your order. Enter promo code FALL75 at checkout.