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Artful Acts

Last month we told you about Kay Rosen’s monumental installation GO DO GOOD on the corner of State and Washington, urging Chicagoans to do good deeds this summer. Perhaps you’ve stumbled across the large yellow and black mural or seen the street banners and el platforms echoing the message throughout the loop. Or maybe you’ve stopped by the museum to see the Rosen letter paintings that we have on display. But if you haven’t found time to do good yet, don’t worry. We’ve got you covered.

Our recently opened picture book exhibition, Artful Alphabets: Five Picture Book Artists, not only provides an excellent opportunity for suggestion number 3 on the “50+ Ways to Go Do Good” but also creatively reinforces Rosen’s play with language through five artists’ interpretations of how children see their ABCs. Using all manner of magical creatures, alphabetic adventures, and colorful shapes and lines, artists Mary Azarian, Mordicai Gerstein, Stacy Innerst, Chris Raschka, and Mary Thelen illustrate the alphabet in drawings, paintings, prints, and collages.

So gather up your favorite picture-book-enthusiasts, stop by the Vitale Family Room in the Ryan Education Center, and get in some quality reading time. Along with the original illustrations on view, a variety of ABC books are available for reading as well. And then share your good reading deed on the GODOGOOD Facebook page or tweet it to @GODOGOODCHI so it can be counted towards the goal of 100,000 good deeds this summer!

—Jocelin S., Social Media Coordinator

Chris Raschka. Illustration from Talk to Me about the Alphabet, 2003. Henry Holt and Company.