It’s quickly become one of our favoriteblogtraditions to connect our local music festivals to works in the museum’s collection. So in honor of Lollapalooza this weekend, here are eight artworks from the museum's collection that remind us of eight of the acts playing at the gigantic music fest. If you're the first to guess all of them correctly (in the comments), we’ll send you some extra special Art Institute swag…
14 hours 18 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago #TBT A view of George F. Harding’s “castle museum,” built in 1927.
The prominent businessman and politician had already amassed a sprawling collection of artworks, arms, and armor when he built an annex to his home on Chicago’s South Side. The Gothic Revival stone turret—complete with cannonballs embedded in the exterior walls—also included a dungeon and secret passages. Following Harding's death in 1939, the “castle” became a public museum for two decades until it was demolished during an urban renewal project. The collection was eventually brought to the Art Institute, fulfilling Harding’s intention to offer his stunning collection of art, arms, and armor to the people of Chicago.
See Harding's collection like never before in Saints & Heroes: Art of Medieval and Renaissance Europe.
16 hours 53 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago CLOSING SUNDAY—Rodney McMillian: a great society
Grappling with the complexities of class, race, and place in America, Rodney McMillian employs elements of performance, public speaking, oral history—and his interest in the science fiction genre—to expose the social and psychological consequences of economic inequality and endemic racism. While his work engages the often stark realities of history and contemporary culture, it is motivated by the potential for alternative realities and future transformation.
19 hours 40 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago "These galleries will make even the saint-averse stop and take notice."
via Chicago Tribune