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Revisiting Ferris

As we’ve mentioned before, many people know the newly reinstalled America Windows by Marc Chagall from their famous cameo in the movie Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, directed by John Hughes. The windows are actually just one of dozens of works featured in those iconic scenes of Ferris, Sloane, and Cameron moving around the museum. As a museum employee, it’s interesting to see what has changed—and what hasn’t—since 1986 (when the movie was released). I was most surprised to discover that if you were to visit the museum today, you would see Seurat’s A Sunday on La Grande Jatte in exactly the same place that Cameron was first mesmerized by it more than two decades ago.

For more insight on this “self-indulgent” scene (Hughes' words, not ours!), click here to see the clip voiced over by the late director himself. Hughes very poignantly discusses why he chose the Art Institute, how the paintings were relevant to the characters, and how the process of creating the Seurat was similar to the process of making a movie.