Ever wondered what the Art Institute's famous lions might sound like? Well, world-renowned sound artist Bill Fontana will have an answer for you shortly. But it might not quite be the "ROAR!" that you would expect. Rather, in order to produce his audio recording, Fontana worked with museum conservators and employed beeswax to attach an accelerometer to the hollow resonating body of the northern-most bronze lion. Thus, he was able to capture an ambient recording from the literal belly of the beast. This process for recording the lion (which is unofficially called "On the Prowl") is similar to one he used when making recordings of ancient Buddhist temple bells at a monastery in Kyoto, Japan. As opposed to creating an audio file of the bells ringing, he documented the sound of the bells at rest.
Fontana is also the School of the Art Institute of Chicago's Bill and Stephanie Sick Distinguished Professor this year and he will be speaking at the museum tonight! If you want to hear (pun intended) more, Please join us in Fullerton Auditorium to hear his Visiting Artists Program lecture and learn more about the process, and meaning, behind his practice. This lecture is free and open to the public. Doors open at 5:30 and the lecture begins promptly at 6:00 p.m.
—Thea N., Program Coordinator, Visiting Artist's Program
13 hours 49 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.
15 hours 42 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 11 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