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 50 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago TONIGHT at 6:00—Tickets are going fast for tonight’s concert featuring folk musicians Mark Dvorak and Chris Walz. Enjoy songs of the era in celebration of the exhibition America after the Fall: Painting in the 1930s.
19 hours 57 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago Artists in 19th-century Paris went crazy for big cats. ARTicle explores the history around this obsession and some of the works now on view in Lion Hunters: Copying Delacroix's Big Cats.
1 day 1 hour ago The Art Institute of Chicago “Painting depends on ink, ink depends on brush, brush depends on wrist, and wrist depends on the heart and mind.” —Tao Chi
The Inspired Chinese Brush is an installation of traditional Chinese ink paintings showcasing the rich variety of textural effects that could be achieved through careful control of the combination of ink and brushes used in their creation. Tang Yin’s painting Drinking at Night portrays the prominent 11th–century Chinese poet, calligrapher, and governmental official Su Shi drinking alone in a pavilion on a moonlit night. The work gets its name from Su Shi’s poem “Drinking on an Evening in Spring,” which is quoted on the scroll following the painting.
See this painting and the rest of the exhibition on view now in Gallery 134.