Exhibitions > Practice, Theory, and History: 150 Years of Educating Artists, Designers, and Scholars at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Practice, Theory, and History: 150 Years of Educating Artists, Designers, and Scholars at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago
December 6, 2016–February 13, 2017
Ryerson and Burnham Libraries (weekdays only)
This exhibition explores art education, free speech, and student life at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) over the past 150 years. Archival material and items from the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries’ collections illustrate the student experience at SAIC and the school's influence from its origin as the Academy of Design in 1866 to the present day. Starting with a description of the academic programs offered by the SAIC and how they have evolved over time, the exhibition explores the built environment for the school, information on student demographics, exhibitions of student work, activism and freedom of expression, and aspects of daily student life including dining, employment, extracurricular activities, and housing.
Claire Stadeker Scrapbook, 1905–1910. Institutional Archives, Art Institute of Chicago.
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During the mid-20th century, Latin American artists were active in the evolving international discourse on modernity, at a time of industrial expansion and political transformation in South America.
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The Art Institute presents the first U.S. retrospective of this groundbreaking Brazilian artist. A relentless innovator always pushing the boundaries of art, Oiticica is arguably the most influential Latin American artist of the post–World War II period and is recognized for inspiring Tropicália, a powerful movement that influenced art across media in Brazil.
In addition to viewing his early works on paper, visitors are invited to take off their shoes and walk through immersive sand-filled installations, view Amazonian parrots, and try on wearable objects designed by the artist.
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