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.
2 hours 20 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago CLOSING SOON—Abstract/Object
Examine experimental works in film, photography, painting, and printed matter from the 1960s to present in a multimedia exhibition featuring Wolfgang Tillmans, Bruce Nauman, R. H. Quaytman, Mel Bochner, and Gordon Matta-Clark, among others.
Closing January 2—http://bit.ly/2gZxYCP
7 hours 57 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago TODAY at 12:00—Local high school choirs fill the museum with songs of the season, every day at noon on the Grand Staircase, now through Friday.
3 days 7 hours ago The Art Institute of Chicago TOMORROW at 4:00—See the world premiere of “The Electric Stage” by performance collective Manual Cinema.
Manual Cinema uses vintage overhead projectors, multiple screens, puppets, actors, live camera feeds, sound design, and a live music ensemble to create immersive visual stories on stage and screen.