Have you ever noticed the impressive, elegant display of flowers that adorns the central interior of the Michigan Avenue entrance to the Art Institute?
Louise Dewey Smith, past member of the Woman’s Board of the Art Institute, truly loved flowers. In the 1980s, her family established a fund in her honor to keep fresh flowers on display in the entrance to the museum. It is a rare moment in the museum: because of the careful conservation of our art collection, it is the only place in the museum that always has live flowers on display. Every week, the arrangement changes, celebrating the season with gorgeous displays of blooms.
It turns out that anyone can donate to help buy a week’s display to celebrate a birthday, anniversary, or just to add beauty to an already beautiful place. Hey, why not walk your mother in for a special visit only to let her know that the flowers adorning the lobby are dedicated to her? Pretty cool.
If you haven’t noticed the display before, come in on a rainy April day to be cheered by the sight and scent of our weekly Spring blossoms.
When you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it's your world for the moment. I want to give that world to someone else. Most people in the city rush around so, they have no time to look at a flower. I want them to see it whether they want to or not. --Georgia O'Keeffe