Regular visitors to Gallery 50, home to highlights from the museum’s collections of African Art and Indian Art of the Americas, know that the dreaded stanchions have been put in place, signifying that the galleries are closed. Here's why you should be happy about it:
The collections are moving to the lower level of the Morton Wing, the southwestern wing of the historic building. Each collection will be housed in a 3500 square foot gallery renovated by architect Kulapat Yantrasast of wHY Architects. The new galleries should open this winter.
Richard Townsend, curator of the Indian Art of the Americas, and Kathleen Bickford Berzock, curator of African Art, will soon fill the galleries with familiar favorites and never-before-seen acquisitions, including some exciting gifts from generous patrons.
Many more works will be displayed, and many of those will be seen in the round, allowing visitors to appreciate them from all angles. And for those of you with long memories, we will once again have textiles displayed in rotating installations, while new maps, timelines, and labels will situate these works in a global context.
Long story short? It's going to be worth the wait.
Vili-Kongo. Republic of Congo. Power Figure (Nkisi Nkondi), Early/mid-19th century. Ada Turnbull Hertle Endowment, 1998.502.
18 hours 52 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.
20 hours 44 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 16 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