For such tiny rooms, the Thorne Miniature Rooms are one of the museum’s biggest attractions. And in addition to the eight specially bedecked holiday rooms and the new Thorne Room game, we’re pleased to announce the (temporary) installation of the Marshall Field V Americana Room. Generously on loan from Jamee and Marshall Field V, the room offers a peek into the Field’s impressive collection of American decorative arts. The room was a gift from Jamee to Marshall and was meant to document in miniature the decorative art they had collected and gifted to museums. In fact, the work has special significance to the Art Institute because the mahogany desk on the far right side of the room is the tiny twin of a full-sized desk the Fields gave to the museum in the mid-1980s. It’s pictured below and is currently on display in Gallery 167.
The Americana Room was designed in the style of the oval drawing room of the neoclassical Nathaniel Russell House in Charleston, South Carolina. Fabricated by Eugene and Henry Kupjack, who worked with Mrs. Thorne, the room features a working fireplace, period furniture, and a precisely painted Impressionist canvas.
15 hours 14 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago CLOSING SOON—Supernatural Shakespeare
While Shakespeare’s title characters might have the most name recognition, the Bard’s meddling witches and mischievous faerie folk often steal the show. See this focused installation before it closes October 10.
18 hours 33 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago THURSDAY at 6:00—Join us for a tour of works in our collection presented in American Sign Language with voice interpretation.
1 day 15 hours 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.