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November 22, 2014January 6, 2015
Gallery 11
The beloved decorating tradition is back—and more festive than ever—with the addition of the traditional Chinese interior set to ring in the Chinese New Year!
The beloved decorating tradition is back—and more festive than ever—with the addition of the traditional Chinese interior set to ring in the Chinese New Year!
November 22, 2014January 11, 2015
Gallery 209
After debuting last year, our spectacular 18th-century Neapolitan crèche returns this holiday season enhanced with newly acquired figures.
After debuting last year, our spectacular 18th-century Neapolitan crèche returns this holiday season enhanced with newly acquired figures.
October 26, 2014January 11, 2015
Galleries 283–285
Member Preview: October 25, 10:30–5:00
This exhibition explores the emergence of new photographic and cinematic depictions of American cities, from the art world to the pages of popular magazines.
This exhibition explores the emergence of new photographic and cinematic depictions of American cities, from the art world to the pages of popular magazines.
October 23, 2014January 18, 2015
Galleries 182–184
In her largest US exhibition, the Scottish-born artist presents 12 new paintings, transforming our galleries into a department-store display and an intimate artist’s archive.
In her largest US exhibition, the Scottish-born artist presents 12 new paintings, transforming our galleries into a department-store display and an intimate artist’s archive.
November 23, 2014January 25, 2015
Regenstein Hall
Member Preview: Saturday, November 22
Meticulously conserved, Ensor’s "The Temptation of Saint Anthony" is on view for the first time in the museum in a major exhibition showcasing the visionary talent of this avant-garde artist.
Meticulously conserved, Ensor’s "The Temptation of Saint Anthony" is on view for the first time in the museum in a major exhibition showcasing the visionary talent of this avant-garde artist.
September 27, 2014February 15, 2015
Gallery 154
Over 60 sumptuous works of art drawn from museums throughout Greece including mosaics, architectural fragments, manuscripts, glass, silver, textiles, and painted icons.
Over 60 sumptuous works of art drawn from museums throughout Greece including mosaics, architectural fragments, manuscripts, glass, silver, textiles, and painted icons.
October 9, 2014March 8, 2015
Gallery 292
One of only about 30 pénétrables produced by the Venezuelan artist, this immersive work—a forest of shimmering nylon tubes—is on display for the first time since 1986.
One of only about 30 pénétrables produced by the Venezuelan artist, this immersive work—a forest of shimmering nylon tubes—is on display for the first time since 1986.
November 11, 2014February 21, 2016
Galleries 212 and 212A
Paintings and drawings from viceregal South America introduce visitors to explorers, artists, and patrons who lived in the Spanish-governed Andes during the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries.
Paintings and drawings from viceregal South America introduce visitors to explorers, artists, and patrons who lived in the Spanish-governed Andes during the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries.
Ongoing
Gallery 50
For the first time in years, the Art Institute is able to tell the complex story of Islamic cultural production with new galleries devoted to Islamic art.
For the first time in years, the Art Institute is able to tell the complex story of Islamic cultural production with new galleries devoted to Islamic art.
April 5, 2014January 4, 2015
Gallery 286
This exhibition surveys Chicago’s rich urban history and explores contemporary approaches to five Chicagoisms—key historical principles that have powered the city’s distinctive evolution.
This exhibition surveys Chicago’s rich urban history and explores contemporary approaches to five Chicagoisms—key historical principles that have powered the city’s distinctive evolution.
June 13, 2014January 4, 2015
Galleries 57–59
This exhibition showcases 39 works that illustrate the modernist sensibilities and historical traditions of Ethel Stein’s deceptively simple drawloom weavings.
This exhibition showcases 39 works that illustrate the modernist sensibilities and historical traditions of Ethel Stein’s deceptively simple drawloom weavings.
October 11, 2014January 4, 2015
Gallery 107
Complementing "Temptation: The Demons of James Ensor," this exhibition includes Hokusai’s series "One Hundred Stories (Hyaku monogatari)" and depictions of Shoki, the Demon Queller.
Complementing "Temptation: The Demons of James Ensor," this exhibition includes Hokusai’s series "One Hundred Stories (Hyaku monogatari)" and depictions of Shoki, the Demon Queller.
September 18, 2014January 4, 2015
Gallery 188
Taken from news photographs of people jumping or falling off buildings, this group of 14 large-scale images marries Conceptualism with high drama and helped define the Pictures Generation.
Taken from news photographs of people jumping or falling off buildings, this group of 14 large-scale images marries Conceptualism with high drama and helped define the Pictures Generation.
November 22, 2014January 6, 2015
Throughout the museum
The Art Institute invites you and yours to experience this magical season amid the beauty, the inspiration, and the excitement of art.
The Art Institute invites you and yours to experience this magical season amid the beauty, the inspiration, and the excitement of art.
November 11, 2014January 19, 2015
Ryerson and Burnham Libraries (weekdays only)
Featuring original artifacts from the libraries' rich architectural archives, this exhibition examines Ware’s comics and the historic Chicago architecture he uses as both setting and subject.
Featuring original artifacts from the libraries' rich architectural archives, this exhibition examines Ware’s comics and the historic Chicago architecture he uses as both setting and subject.
Ongoing
Galleries 389–399
Member Preview: April 16–17
The Art Institute’s renowned collection of modern art returns to its home on the third floor of the Modern Wing with new acquisitions and loans and a new interpretive program.
The Art Institute’s renowned collection of modern art returns to its home on the third floor of the Modern Wing with new acquisitions and loans and a new interpretive program.
September 13, 2014January 25, 2015
Gallery 24
Architectural models and renderings by Brooklyn-based architects SO-IL showcase the firm’s innovative process in reinventing the traditional white-cube gallery space.
Architectural models and renderings by Brooklyn-based architects SO-IL showcase the firm’s innovative process in reinventing the traditional white-cube gallery space.
November 1, 2014February 1, 2015
Galleries 124–127
Over 80 masterpieces of Italian draftsmanship from the collection of Jean and Steven Goldman are on view to the public for the first time.
Over 80 masterpieces of Italian draftsmanship from the collection of Jean and Steven Goldman are on view to the public for the first time.
August 8, 2014February 6, 2015
Gallery 294
This chalkboard, created during a visit to Chicago in 1974, maps the connections Beuys perceived between the spiritual, social, and natural worlds.
This chalkboard, created during a visit to Chicago in 1974, maps the connections Beuys perceived between the spiritual, social, and natural worlds.
November 9, 2014February 22, 2015
Bluhm Family Terrace
Schütte's large-scale figure of a woman plays with the conventions of the classic female nude, both eulogizing and undermining the traditional iconographic vocabulary.
Schütte's large-scale figure of a woman plays with the conventions of the classic female nude, both eulogizing and undermining the traditional iconographic vocabulary.
December 5, 2014March 1, 2015
Gallery 134
This installation presents a sampling of Chinese paintings inspired by anecdotes, legends, and imaginary perceptions of distant or spiritual realms.
This installation presents a sampling of Chinese paintings inspired by anecdotes, legends, and imaginary perceptions of distant or spiritual realms.
November 11, 2014March 8, 2015
Gallery 294
This exhibition showcases Riley's bold, rhythmic abstractions, including an emblematic early canvas, two of her iconic “stripe” paintings, and the only sculpture she ever created.
This exhibition showcases Riley's bold, rhythmic abstractions, including an emblematic early canvas, two of her iconic “stripe” paintings, and the only sculpture she ever created.
November 19, 2014April 5, 2015
Gallery 186
Featuring a lone DJ spinning records on a rooftop surrounded by exploding fireworks, Sala's 2003 video manipulates sound and image to astonishingly new effect.
Featuring a lone DJ spinning records on a rooftop surrounded by exploding fireworks, Sala's 2003 video manipulates sound and image to astonishingly new effect.
November 1, 2014April 12, 2015
Galleries 2–3
Welling’s debut series, "Diary/Landscape" (1977–86) is both a beautiful and moving meditation on family, history, memory, and place, and a significant emblem of the Pictures Generation.
Welling’s debut series, "Diary/Landscape" (1977–86) is both a beautiful and moving meditation on family, history, memory, and place, and a significant emblem of the Pictures Generation.
September 2014–May 2015
A nine-month season of events celebrating photography at the Art Institute of Chicago
A nine-month season of events celebrating photography at the Art Institute of Chicago
December 6, 2014June 6, 2015
Ryan Education Center
This interactive installation celebrates the art of puppetry by allowing visitors of all ages to explore the movements of shadow, hand, and finger puppets.
This interactive installation celebrates the art of puppetry by allowing visitors of all ages to explore the movements of shadow, hand, and finger puppets.
Ongoing
Gallery 15
More than 800 paperweights, including for the first time a selection of contemporary works, are featured in the newly expanded gallery.
More than 800 paperweights, including for the first time a selection of contemporary works, are featured in the newly expanded gallery.
Ongoing
Galleries 150–154
Through over 550 works, these stunning new galleries present the origins and early development of Western art from the third millennium B.C. to the time of the great Byzantine Empire.
Through over 550 works, these stunning new galleries present the origins and early development of Western art from the third millennium B.C. to the time of the great Byzantine Empire.
Ongoing
Ryan Education Center
Four specially treated sculpture let visitors experience how the sense of touch can enrich their appreciation of art.
Four specially treated sculpture let visitors experience how the sense of touch can enrich their appreciation of art.
Ongoing
Gallery 201
Newly cleaned, conserved, and dramatically transformed, this world-famous icon of the Art Institute’s celebrated Impressionist collection returns to the galleries.
Newly cleaned, conserved, and dramatically transformed, this world-famous icon of the Art Institute’s celebrated Impressionist collection returns to the galleries.
Ongoing
Gallery 295
This ongoing presentation features outstanding examples of Cy Twombly’s sculpture made between 1948 and 1995.
This ongoing presentation features outstanding examples of Cy Twombly’s sculpture made between 1948 and 1995.