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 days 15 hours ago The Art Institute of Chicago TOMORROW at 4:00—See the world premiere of “The Electric Stage” by performance collective Manual Cinema.
Manual Cinema uses vintage overhead projectors, multiple screens, puppets, actors, live camera feeds, sound design, and a live music ensemble to create immersive visual stories on stage and screen.
2 days 18 hours ago The Art Institute of Chicago A Sunday on La Grande Jatte has been among the museum’s most beloved paintings since it first entered the collection in 1926. ARTicle celebrates the birthday of Georges Seurat, with some fun facts about this pointillist masterpiece.
3 days 10 hours ago The Art Institute of Chicago #TBT Ladies strike a pose in Blackstone Hall, 1909.
Demolished in 1958, the enormous two-story gallery once spanned the area between where the Asian art and Prints and Drawings galleries are today and housed over 150 plaster cast sculptures, many replicas of Greek and Roman art received as gifts from the French government.