From its inaugural issue in 1966 to its final issue in 2011, Museum Studies, the journal of the Art Institute of Chicago, attracted general and scholarly readers alike through a unique combination of elegant design, high production values, inventive topics, and an intelligent, engaging style, offering readers in-depth explorations of the Art Institute’s rich collections, history, and exhibitions.
About Museum Studies
Issues of Museum Studies typically focused on a single, carefully chosen subject and were often linked to special exhibitions of objects in the museum’s permanent collection, such as Old Master drawings, paintings, and sculptures; Indonesian textiles; and film, video, and new media. Others introduced readers to new and notable acquisitions, the work of the museum’s conservation scientists, and the treasures of our libraries and archives.
Museum Studies as a Research Tool
To aid students and scholars in their research, we have created a complete table of contents for both in-print and out-of-print issues and a brief index to the major subjects found in the pages of every published volume of the journal.
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4 hours 8 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.
6 hours 43 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.