Ed. Note: The writers of this post, Kayla and Naomi, are two of the teens who participate in Teen Lab, the museum’s after school program run in partnership with After School Matters. During Teen Lab, 20 teens from all over the city meet at the Art Institute to learn about the museum, its collection, and museum careers, and to make artwork inspired by their experiences. Click here for more information about Teen Lab.
If you like The Nightmare Before Christmas or Disney or supporting young artists (or maybe all three?), then we have an event for you. During this semester’s Teen Lab, a group of students (including yours truly) focused on stop-motion animation, which is animating objects and drawing using a series of photos. We learned about a variety of techniques like making flipbooks, moving objects around, and using cut paper. We would take pictures during the process and then animate them later on a computer.
For inspiration, we used artworks from the galleries in the Art Institute. In one mini project, we used photos of artworks that we then cut into pieces and rearranged while taking pictures of each little movement.
To animate, we also worked with MacBooks and used the application iMovie to set the timing right. It took a lot of time just to complete just one mini project. In total, we spent three days a week for ten weeks here in the Art Institute for the program. Not to mention the seemingly countless hours spent taking pictures for these animation projects!
To show off our work, Teen Lab will be having a public screening on Thursday, April19th from 4:30 to 6:30pm. It will be held in the Ryan Education Center in our home at Studio B. There will be snacks served and you’ll get your own chance to learn how to animate like we did. So don’t be shy and come check us out on Thursday…we know you want to!
—Kayla Henderson and Naomi Gonzalez, Teen Lab participants
4 hours 9 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago NOW ON VIEW—In 1963 Melvin Edwards began Lynch Fragments, a series of welded steel assemblages made in response to the tumultuous social climate of the Civil Rights movement. The title of the series evokes the horrifying images of racist mob violence, yet Edwards’s works distill the subject into a powerful sculptural language, fusing modernist abstraction with a sense of personal and collective history.
Afrophoenix No. 1—one of the earliest objects from the series—exemplifies how the artist physically transformed found objects and brought them together in poetically suggestive, tension-filled compositions. Here the formal arrangement of steel elements evokes an equestrian bridle and bit. Chains, hammers, nails, spikes, and screws magnify the sculpture’s associative power, recalling implements of labor and torture. At the same the title references the mythological phoenix—alluding to death, rebirth, and transformation.
See Afrophoenix No. 1 (1963) by Melvin Edwards in Gallery 289D.
8 hours 34 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago CLOSING SOON—Modern Velvet: A Sense of Luxury in the Age of Industry
With their plush, inviting, and varied textures, the velvets featured in this exhibition showcase the diversity of modern velvet as well as the effects of industry on its production. As industrial innovations at the turn of the 19th century allowed for faster production and encouraged the use of less costly materials, designers and manufacturers of velvet sought to maintain its association with wealth, luxury, and splendor.
Learn how this elegant fabric has inspired designers for centuries, with a wide range of examples from the 19th century to present day—closing March 19.
19 hours 34 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago Just like the museum's collection comes from artists around the world, so does the Museum Shop’s assortment of products. We source exclusive products from artisans that are inspired by the cultures, mediums, and techniques represented in our museum collection. View our assortment of unique items from India.