This family exhibition celebrates the 75th anniversary of the Caldecott award by showcasing the magical world of children’s books with an illustration from each of the 16 books that have won the distinguished medal or honor award over the past four years.
The Caldecott Medal, America’s oldest award for picture book illustrations, was first given in 1938, when members of the American Library Association (ALA), who were already honoring children’s book authors with the Newbery Medal, realized that the illustrators of these books were deserving of recognition as well. The ALA members named the new award after Randolph Caldecott, a 19th-century illustrator whose work was unique in his time—not just in its humor but also in its sense of movement, vitality, and action that so perfectly complemented the stories it accompanied. Today’s winners are selected by a team of respected librarians and children’s literature experts who review books throughout a year and award the medal and several honors to the most distinguished American picture book illustrators.
Among the featured works in this special anniversary display are Jon Klassen’s striking illustrations for the darkly humorous This Is Not My Hat, a tale of a tiny fish on the run after stealing a much bigger fish’s hat, as well as his innovative digital designs that weave an infectious vibrancy through Extra Yarn, the story of a little girl knitting colorful knitwear for everyone and everything in her black-and-white town. Peter Brown’s gripping cinematic style in Creepy Carrots! has the suspicious vegetables flipping in delight after stopping their antagonist, while Chris Raschka’s masterful paintings of watercolor, gouache, and ink are all that is needed to tell the tale of a little dog who has lost her most cherished toy in the delightfully wordless A Ball for Daisy.
In these and all of the award-winning paintings, drawings, and prints on display, artists have conjured wondrous worlds on the page, offering a place not only where their characters play, pretend, and dream but where children’s imaginations can soar.
6 hours 12 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago NOW ON VIEW—In 1963 Melvin Edwards began Lynch Fragments, a series of welded steel assemblages made in response to the tumultuous social climate of the Civil Rights movement. The title of the series evokes the horrifying images of racist mob violence, yet Edwards’s works distill the subject into a powerful sculptural language, fusing modernist abstraction with a sense of personal and collective history.
Afrophoenix No. 1—one of the earliest objects from the series—exemplifies how the artist physically transformed found objects and brought them together in poetically suggestive, tension-filled compositions. Here the formal arrangement of steel elements evokes an equestrian bridle and bit. Chains, hammers, nails, spikes, and screws magnify the sculpture’s associative power, recalling implements of labor and torture. At the same the title references the mythological phoenix—alluding to death, rebirth, and transformation.
See Afrophoenix No. 1 (1963) by Melvin Edwards in Gallery 289D.
10 hours 37 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago CLOSING SOON—Modern Velvet: A Sense of Luxury in the Age of Industry
With their plush, inviting, and varied textures, the velvets featured in this exhibition showcase the diversity of modern velvet as well as the effects of industry on its production. As industrial innovations at the turn of the 19th century allowed for faster production and encouraged the use of less costly materials, designers and manufacturers of velvet sought to maintain its association with wealth, luxury, and splendor.
Learn how this elegant fabric has inspired designers for centuries, with a wide range of examples from the 19th century to present day—closing March 19.
21 hours 37 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago Just like the museum's collection comes from artists around the world, so does the Museum Shop’s assortment of products. We source exclusive products from artisans that are inspired by the cultures, mediums, and techniques represented in our museum collection. View our assortment of unique items from India.