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.
3 days 16 hours ago The Art Institute of Chicago #tbt Artist Otto Schneider’s etching of the Art Institute offers us a glimpse of the hustle and bustle of early 20th-century Chicago.
See this and other rarely exhibited works in Homegrown: The School of the Art Institute in the Permanent Collection, closing February 14.
Image: Otto J. Schneider. Facade of the Art Institute, n.d. (detail). Joseph Brook Fair Fund.