With their often ghastly depictions of war, the larger-than-life posters in Windows on the Warhave a way of eliciting strong reactions from museum-goers. So perhaps for this exhibition more than others, it made sense to provide a place for visitors to leave behind their own points of view. On one hand, the chalkboard is a time-honored medium many of us remember from our old school days; but in this case it also serves as an interactive space allowing visitors to creatively engage with the exhibition and each other.
We have been keeping a collective eye on the board since the show’s opening, posting some of our favorite comments to a Facebook photo album. In many ways, it has been an enlightening, if flummoxing, experience to see what kinds of comments get the greatest response. Despite plenty of earnest reflection and personal testimony (even some from survivors of the war), the most popular comments are usually non sequiturs like “PANTS” or “Ponies Not War.” It’s almost as if the chalkboard has been co-opted in many ways by the language of social media. Pithy musings are met with jocular barbs as visitors react to one another in a kind of nonreciprocal correspondence.
Check our Facebook photo album as we update it each week and see if people ‘like’ what you have to say. Also, don’t forget visitors are welcome to take photographs of many of the posters on display in Windows on the War. Tag us if you post a picture from TASS to Flickr, and we’ll share it. Now if somebody wants to draw a cat playing the piano, maybe our TASS chalkboard photo album will go viral.
21 min 31 sec ago The Art Institute of Chicago #TBT A view of George F. Harding’s “castle museum,” built in 1927.
The prominent businessman and politician had already amassed a sprawling collection of artworks, arms, and armor when he built an annex to his home on Chicago’s South Side. The Gothic Revival stone turret—complete with cannonballs embedded in the exterior walls—also included a dungeon and secret passages. Following Harding's death in 1939, the “castle” became a public museum for two decades until it was demolished during an urban renewal project. The collection was eventually brought to the Art Institute, fulfilling Harding’s intention to offer his stunning collection of art, arms, and armor to the people of Chicago.
See Harding's collection like never before in Saints & Heroes: Art of Medieval and Renaissance Europe.
2 hours 56 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago CLOSING SUNDAY—Rodney McMillian: a great society
Grappling with the complexities of class, race, and place in America, Rodney McMillian employs elements of performance, public speaking, oral history—and his interest in the science fiction genre—to expose the social and psychological consequences of economic inequality and endemic racism. While his work engages the often stark realities of history and contemporary culture, it is motivated by the potential for alternative realities and future transformation.