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.
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16 hours 19 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago CLOSING SOON—Invisible Man: Gordon Parks and Ralph Ellison in Harlem
Two major figures in American art and literature aim to make the black experience visible in postwar America.
Closing August 28—http://bit.ly/2aQrnYd
20 hours 48 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago It is believed Van Dyck never intended for the early stages of his etchings to be circulated and was surprised by their immediate popularity in the art market. Finding success at a time when artists didn’t usually show works in progress, these “unfinished” prints helped set the stage for the more recent popularity of works that reveal the creative process. See the prints that altered conventions in Van Dyck, Rembrandt, and the Portrait Print—closing August 7.
1 day 15 hours ago The Art Institute of Chicago #TBT 1983: The museum held an exhibition for the collection of Jalane and Richard Davidson, Chicago collectors of contemporary American realist drawings. Acknowledged at the time for collecting against prevailing art world trends, they amassed a comprehensive collection of work spanning the careers of both well-known artists—like Jack Beal, pictured here with Jalane herself and a portrait he made of her—and lesser-known Midwestern artists. The entire Davidson collection was bequeathed to the museum and saw another exhibition devoted to it in 1999.