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.
2 hours 53 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago NOW OPEN—Rodney McMillian: a great society
Our latest exhibition in the Modern Wing represents the last decade of the artist’s work in video. 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, endemic racism, and the failed promise of freedom and prosperity for all of its citizens. While McMillian's work engages the often stark realities of history and contemporary culture, it is motivated by the potential for alternative realities and future transformation.
See Rodney McMillian: a great society on view in the Modern Wing through March 26.
5 hours 15 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago Chicago Stock Exchange Trading Room
$10 per member
Grab your yoga mat and come dressed to stretch. Only members get this unique opportunity to do yoga in the museum. All experience levels are welcome.
Please bring your own mat. Enter at the Columbus Drive Entrance, 230 S. Columbus Drive.
6 hours 42 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago NOW OPEN—Natural Allusions
For Chinese painters, images of plants and animals could convey human aspirations, seasonal themes, or wishes for well-being and good fortune. This focused exhibition features 17th- and 18th-century handscrolls reflecting a variety of artistic traditions as well as a selection of round, handled fans made for wealthy and fashionable men and women of 19th-century Shanghai.