The Mary L. and Leigh B. Block Photography Study Room opened its doors in 1982 when the newly renovated Department of Photography moved into its own facility on the lower level of the museum, adjacent to the photography galleries. With more than 18,000 photographs in the permanent collection, the study room is a valuable resource to learn about photography from its beginnings in the 19th century to contemporary works.
The Photography Study Room is available to the public, by appointment only, to view selections from the Art Institute’s photography collection. You may discuss your photography interests with the collection manager at the time an appointment is scheduled. Groups and individuals are welcome.
Study room hours are by appointment only. Please send an e-mail at least two weeks in advance to view original photographs. All appointment requests must be made in writing.
2 days 19 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 22 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 14 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.