Ryerson and Burnham Libraries (not open Saturdays and Sundays)
During the course of the last century, comics have steadily evolved from the works of the early innovators to the contributions of the many contemporary creators who continue to rethink and reshape the medium. Today, as many gallery and museum exhibitions worldwide are focusing on the work of comics artists, it becomes unmistakable that the definition of comics has expanded to include much more than just graphic novels, superheroes, and Sunday funnies; they now also function as avenues for visual experimentation and modes of self-expression.
The works on display in this exhibition begin with the newspaper comics of the early 1900s, which in the hands of Lionel Feiniger combined spirited narratives with polychromatic frontiers. The exhibition continues through underground and contemporary artists who have taken publishing methods into their own hands, creating multicolor serigraph editions which bear more of a resemblance to artists’ books than something you would normally find in a comic shop. The influences of several art movements not traditionally associated with comics, such as Expressionism, Surrealism, Pop, and other forms of contemporary art, are immediately recognizable in many of the works on display. This assemblage is all drawn from the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries, which has actively been growing its collection of comic art, including the work of many young creators who currently live and work in Chicago.
24 min 22 sec ago The Art Institute of Chicago OCTOBER 14—Join us for After Dark in the Modern Wing!
See the groundbreaking exhibition Moholy-Nagy: Future Present with special tours and late-night access. And check out live performances by Phebe Starr and Campdogzz, plus DJ sets from Shaka 23.
Attendees must be 21+. Hosted by The Evening Associates of the Art Institute of Chicago.
4 hours 27 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago Each Thorne Miniature Room is a tiny window to a larger world.
In Drawing Rooms, see the tiny rooms scaled to life-size. Remix and decorate them with drawings, then create your own miniature space—now available in the Ryan Learning Center's Interactive Gallery.