Robert Allerton was one of the great benefactors of the Art Institute of Chicago during the 20th century, both in terms of enlarging the building and expanding the collection. In 1968, four years after his death, the museum honored his legacy by naming the museum’s original building on Michigan Avenue the Robert Allerton Building.
Among Allerton’s gifts to the museum in the 1920s were 74 contemporary European textiles—printed dress or furnishing fabrics or machine-made embroidered-lace curtain fabrics. All were the work of designers in Vienna, Dresden, Munich, and Paris, and all were acquired directly from the producer or his agent for the benefit of the museum. Allerton was simply doing what other museum patrons and collectors—people such as Frederic Clay Bartlett, Annie Swan Coburn, Arthur Jerome Eddy, and Martin Ryerson—were doing in growing the Art Institute’s collection in modern and contemporary painting and sculpture, but Allerton did it with textiles. This exhibition of 33 fabrics gifted by Allerton is a tribute to his vision and highlights his little-known role in promoting the Art Institute’s commitment to modern and contemporary art.
15 hours 34 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago NOW OPEN—Humanism + Dynamite = The Soviet Photomontages of Aleksandr Zhitomirsky
The first exhibition in the post-Soviet world devoted to leading political artist Aleksandr Zhitomirsky offers a captivating portrayal of a satirist and loyal citizen who inventively furthered his country’s official causes across a tumultuous half-century.
17 hours 26 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago CLOSING SOON—Icelandic artist/musician Ragnar Kjartansson’s intensely durational works often manifest a rare synthesis of pathos and humor.
A Lot of Sorrow is both a music video and extended concert film, in which The National performs its ballad “Sorrow” on repeat for six hours. See the song take on new layers of meaning as the hours pass and fatigue sets in.
Closing October 16—http://bit.ly/2du3GXh
3 days 13 hours ago The Art Institute of Chicago Congratulations to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture on their grand opening this weekend. The building, designed by architect David Adjaye, is a truly historic addition to the National Mall in Washington D.C. #APeoplesJourney #MakingHistory