Ryerson and Burnham Libraries (closed Saturdays and Sundays)
Voracious readers have often been called bookworms or even book-eaters. Indeed, whether offering food for thought or actual recipes, books and food have long enjoyed a close relationship. This focused exhibition of books, prints, and drawings from Europe and America ranges from the 15th to the 20th century and touches on numerous historical and literary inspirations. Examining food culture from many delicious angles, it delves into over- and under-indulgence in food and drink, presents depictions of the senses and curious appetites in print, finds humor in housekeeping, and demonstrates the fate of books with inks, glues, and paper tasty enough to attract real bookworms. Planned to coincide with the major Art Institute of Chicago exhibition Art and Appetite: American Painting, Culture, and Cuisine, Devouring Books draws on the culinary collections of the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries as well as select objects from the Department of Prints and Drawings.
6 hours 38 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
11 hours 7 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 6 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.