The beloved decorating tradition is back, with several of the Thorne Rooms once again getting their seasonal trimmings. Among the most elaborate is the English Drawing Room of the Victorian Period, the only room with a Christmas tree. Now a ubiquitous feature of the season, the Christmas tree, or tannenbaum, was only brought to England from Germany in 1840 with the marriage of Prince Albert to Queen Victoria. The Thorne Room tree and accoutrements are based on a famous engraving of the royal couple and their children surrounding a trimmed and toy-bedecked tree, an image that would forever popularize this holiday fixture. Other ornamented rooms include:
The English Great Hall of the Tudor period with a wassailing bowl, yule log, and an essential part of the costuming for that period’s singing and dancing revelers—a mummer’s mask
The Virginia Entrance Hall with mistletoe, wreath, and garland
The French Provincial Bedroom with shoes, orsabots, lined up before the fireplace, a crèche, and puzzle
The modern-era California Hallway with an Otto Natzler mid-century menorah and box with a dreidel
The New Orleans, New Mexico, and the Pennsylvania Dutch (German) rooms filled with regional treats of the season
The 1930s French Library with a tiny taste of Art Deco holiday glamour
The traditional Chinese interior filled with shadow puppets and instruments that would have been used to celebrate the Chinese New Year as well as other festive occasions
4 hours 59 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago “One day, I had a dream… there were three black boots in the middle of the road, with very high houses."
These are the words of Tarsila do Amaral, one of the leaders behind Anthropophagy, a national art movement that arose in 1920s Brazil with the goal of “cannibalizing” aspects of European modern art in order to make a new, more distinctly indigenous style. #5WomenArtists
Explore Tarsila’s work in depth when Tarsila do Amaral: Reinventing Modern Art in Brazil opens at the Art Institute this October.
Image: Tarsila do Amaral. City (The Street), 1929. Collection of Bolsa de Arte.
6 hours 59 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago NOW ON VIEW—Who Builds Your Architecture?
Whether majestic skyscrapers, eye-catching museums, or sprawling residential complexes, buildings emerge from intricate, lengthy processes of design and construction that involve a host of different actors. The New York–based group Who Builds Your Architecture? (WBYA?), who gives the show its name, presents research related to migrant workers and the global construction industry.
1 day 2 hours ago The Art Institute of Chicago Saints & Heroes brings the spiritual, domestic, and chivalric worlds of the Middle Ages and Renaissance to life in the 21st century.