The title characters of William Shakespeare’s plays certainly might get the most name recognition, but the Bard’s meddling witches and mischievous faerie folk often steal the scenes and have rightly become some of his most memorable characters. Part of the Shakespeare 400 Festival, this focused installation features three atmospheric engravings of fantastical Shakespearian scenes by various artists emulating works by the renowned Gothic artist Henry Fuseli (1741–1825). Fuseli himself favored heroic subjects taken from Shakespeare along with other celebrated writers including Dante Alighieri and John Milton. Fuseli’s theatrical paintings hang in the nearby gallery: his macabre Head of a Damned Soul from Dante's "Inferno" (1770/78) and his mystical Milton Dictating to His Daughter (1794) among them.
The selections for the intimate Supernatural Shakespeare presentation copy several paintings Fuseli created for the 1790s Boydell Shakespeare Gallery in London, one of the catalysts for the Romantic revival of Shakespeare in the early 1800s. The Nursery of Shakespeare (1810) depicts the baby Bard already beset by host of phantasmal inspirations. The Witches Appear to Macbeth and Banquo (1798) portrays the three sorceresses getting ready to triple the antihero’s toil and trouble, while Titania and Bottom with Ass’s Head (1796) features the enchanted odd couple carousing in their sylvan bower.
On May 1, these fantastical characters and prints are joined by song as musicians from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra play selections from Felix Mendelssohn’s beloved A Midsummer Night’s Dream in the Art Institute’s Fullerton Hall.
Moses Haughton II, after Henry Fuseli. The Nursery of Shakespeare, 1810. Gift of Chalkley J. Hambleton.
12 hours 54 sec ago The Art Institute of Chicago CLOSING SOON—Abstract/Object
Examine experimental works in film, photography, painting, and printed matter from the 1960s to present in a multimedia exhibition featuring Wolfgang Tillmans, Bruce Nauman, R. H. Quaytman, Mel Bochner, and Gordon Matta-Clark, among others.
Closing January 2—http://bit.ly/2gZxYCP
17 hours 38 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago TODAY at 12:00—Local high school choirs fill the museum with songs of the season, every day at noon on the Grand Staircase, now through Friday.
3 days 17 hours ago The Art Institute of Chicago TOMORROW at 4:00—See the world premiere of “The Electric Stage” by performance collective Manual Cinema.
Manual Cinema uses vintage overhead projectors, multiple screens, puppets, actors, live camera feeds, sound design, and a live music ensemble to create immersive visual stories on stage and screen.