Staff Picks is an ongoing series in which Art Institute employees talk about a work of their choosing from the museum's collection. It could be anything: a favorite work, a particularly beautiful, ugly, inspiring, or thought provoking work, or more simply, a work that never fails to stop them in their tracks on a trip through the galleries.
In this edition, Paul from Communications reminisces about a painting that he has been gravitating towards for decades...
50 min 59 sec ago The Art Institute of Chicago NOW ON VIEW—Design Episodes: Form, Style, Language
Beginning in the 1970s, architecture and design exploded with an embrace of bold colors, pastiche, historical references, and fractured forms—everything that devotees of modernism had sought to exclude from the process of design.
Explore different expressions of this transgressive moment after modernism in an exhibition presented in three suites of seminal pieces from the Art Institute’s collection, focusing on the modern chair, postmodern design, and contemporary graphic identities.
22 hours 55 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago NOW ON VIEW—It has been argued that the bird-beaked dinosaurs that once roamed Central Asia were the iconographic inspiration for the griffin, a ferocious mythical creature revered among the ancient Greeks for its protective powers. Local inhabitants may have spread tales about their ferocity to discourage marauders from looting their wealth.
These two bronze griffins were once riveted to the shoulder of a ceremonial vessel, placed in a religious sanctuary by a prosperous Greek to demonstrate his piety and display his wealth.The griffins are highly agitated; their mouths are agape and their tongues curl up as they screech bloodcurdling warnings to ward off intruders.
See these terrifying creatures in Gallery 151 of Ancient Art.
1 day 4 hours ago The Art Institute of Chicago COMING SOON—Whistler’s Mother: An American Icon Returns to Chicago
Painted in 1871, the portrait better known today as “Whistler’s Mother” was intended to demonstrate the artist’s recent focus on tonal harmonies over subject matter. It came to be lauded as an icon beloved by Americans but rarely seen in the United States.
This focused installation explores Whistler’s use of family members as subjects, his abstract treatment of conventional genres such as portraiture and landscape, and the art of his professional ambition.
OPENING MARCH 4—http://bit.ly/2lNJAgU