My favorite part of the museum'songoingcelebration of the holidays is our Midday Music series. Every single day from Thanksgiving through the end of the year, musicians invade the museum and melodies (holiday or otherwise) drift through the galleries. Last week, choirs from area high schools and colleges took up residency on the Grand Staircase and enchanted visitors, volunteers, and blog authors alike. This week features harpist Kara Bershad in Griffin Court every day at 11 a.m. Next week brings Jeff Kust on guitar and the week between Christmas and New Year's will feature (my and Erin H.'s favorite) Yang Wei on pipa. Yang Wei has been performing on this traditional Chinese, four-stringed instrument in the museum for a number of years (including at the opening of the Modern Wing!) and never fails to delight the crowd with its unique sound. Trust me, it all makes for quite a lunch break.
1 day 20 hours ago The Art Institute of Chicago NOW OPEN—Abstract Experiments: Latin American Art on Paper after 1950
During the mid-20th century, Latin American artists were active in the evolving international discourse on modernity, at a time of industrial expansion and political transformation in South America.
Abstract Experiments provides an illuminating complement to Hélio Oiticica: To Organize Delirium and reflects the Art Institute’s recent efforts to expand its holdings of Latin American painting, sculpture, and works on paper.
2 days 14 hours ago The Art Institute of Chicago NOW OPEN—Hélio Oiticica: To Organize Delirium
The Art Institute presents the first U.S. retrospective of this groundbreaking Brazilian artist. A relentless innovator always pushing the boundaries of art, Oiticica is arguably the most influential Latin American artist of the post–World War II period and is recognized for inspiring Tropicália, a powerful movement that influenced art across media in Brazil.
In addition to viewing his early works on paper, visitors are invited to take off their shoes and walk through immersive sand-filled installations, view Amazonian parrots, and try on wearable objects designed by the artist.
2 days 16 hours ago The Art Institute of Chicago Whitney will be taking over our Instagram for the next 24 hours. Follow along to see posts from Max and Julien’s visit to the museum.