In the marketing department we've been working on holiday advertising and communications since September. And what that generally means is that I'm a little burnt out by the time December rolls around. But this year, I decided that I'm going to fight the urge to hide from the mistletoe and experience all the Art Institute has to offer. I've watched talented high school and college choirs perform holiday standards on the Grand Staircase (where, for the record, the sound echoes perfectly), listened to one of my favorite museum lecturers give his annual gallery talk on the Christmas story (fun fact: the decaying shelter in Cornelisz's The Adoration of the Christ Childwas probably intended to reference the ruins of King David's palace), and sampled free hot chocolate in the Member Lounge (for my money, this alone is reason enough to become a member).
So I'm officially back! In the holiday spirit, that is. I've yet to get under the Art Institute's gigantic mistletoe ball, conveniently located in the Grand Staircase, but there's always next year.
And for those of you who think my week's activities sound pretty good, you're in luck! Choirs are performing every week day through December 14 on the Grand Staircase. Jeff Nigro will give his Christmas story tour one more time on December 21 at 2:00. And most importantly, the hot chocolate will be available through the end of the year.
43 min 23 sec ago The Art Institute of Chicago NOW ON VIEW—Design Episodes: Form, Style, Language
Beginning in the 1970s, architecture and design exploded with an embrace of bold colors, pastiche, historical references, and fractured forms—everything that devotees of modernism had sought to exclude from the process of design.
Explore different expressions of this transgressive moment after modernism in an exhibition presented in three suites of seminal pieces from the Art Institute’s collection, focusing on the modern chair, postmodern design, and contemporary graphic identities.
22 hours 48 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago NOW ON VIEW—It has been argued that the bird-beaked dinosaurs that once roamed Central Asia were the iconographic inspiration for the griffin, a ferocious mythical creature revered among the ancient Greeks for its protective powers. Local inhabitants may have spread tales about their ferocity to discourage marauders from looting their wealth.
These two bronze griffins were once riveted to the shoulder of a ceremonial vessel, placed in a religious sanctuary by a prosperous Greek to demonstrate his piety and display his wealth.The griffins are highly agitated; their mouths are agape and their tongues curl up as they screech bloodcurdling warnings to ward off intruders.
See these terrifying creatures in Gallery 151 of Ancient Art.
1 day 4 hours ago The Art Institute of Chicago COMING SOON—Whistler’s Mother: An American Icon Returns to Chicago
Painted in 1871, the portrait better known today as “Whistler’s Mother” was intended to demonstrate the artist’s recent focus on tonal harmonies over subject matter. It came to be lauded as an icon beloved by Americans but rarely seen in the United States.
This focused installation explores Whistler’s use of family members as subjects, his abstract treatment of conventional genres such as portraiture and landscape, and the art of his professional ambition.
OPENING MARCH 4—http://bit.ly/2lNJAgU