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.
16 hours 42 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago A kiss under the mistletoe? Plant one on that special somebody and share your glad tidings with fellow art lovers around the world.
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22 hours 18 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago Happy birthday to the famous artist and chronicler of Parisian nightlife Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.
This poster is said to have launched the career of French can-can dancer Jane Avril, whose alluring and unique stage persona inspired Nicole Kidman’s character in the film Moulin Rouge.
See two rarely exhibited prints of Jane Avril along with several other works by Toulouse-Lautrec in Gallery 242.
1 day 1 hour ago The Art Institute of Chicago FRIDAY–Start the holidays off with a roar at the 24th Annual Wreathing of the Lions.
Warm up with complimentary hot chocolate and enjoy the family festivities. Free and open to the public!