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Galleries 288, 290–299
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Iconic contemporary masterpieces by artists such as Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, and Jasper Johns are among the 44 new works that transform the presentation of our contemporary collection.
Iconic contemporary masterpieces by artists such as Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, and Jasper Johns are among the 44 new works that transform the presentation of our contemporary collection.
July 19–September 26 (weekdays only)
Ryerson and Burnham Libraries
Tracing the development of the museum’s Islamic collections and exhibitions, this presentation features archival documents, ephemera, and rare books.
Tracing the development of the museum’s Islamic collections and exhibitions, this presentation features archival documents, ephemera, and rare books.
Through October 2, 2016
Gallery 285
The first installment of this series presents iconic chairs by makers including Le Corbusier and Charlotte Perriand, Harry Bertoia, and Charles and Ray Eames.
The first installment of this series presents iconic chairs by makers including Le Corbusier and Charlotte Perriand, Harry Bertoia, and Charles and Ray Eames.
Through October 2, 2016
Gallery 134
These six paintings present the rich variety of textural effects Chinese artists of the 16th through t18th century implemented by controlling the movement, pressure, and speed of their brush.
These six paintings present the rich variety of textural effects Chinese artists of the 16th through t18th century implemented by controlling the movement, pressure, and speed of their brush.
Through October 5, 2016
Bluhm Family Terrace
This installation by the Spanish sculptor thrusts viewers into the center of the drama, flipping the experience of viewer and viewed in an unsettling and captivating way.
This installation by the Spanish sculptor thrusts viewers into the center of the drama, flipping the experience of viewer and viewed in an unsettling and captivating way.
Through October 9, 2016
Galleries 217A–218
The loan of David’s painting "The Emperor Napoleon in His Study at the Tuileries" is displayed alongside related works on paper, paintings, and sculpture from the Art Institute’s collection.
The loan of David’s painting "The Emperor Napoleon in His Study at the Tuileries" is displayed alongside related works on paper, paintings, and sculpture from the Art Institute’s collection.
Through October 10, 2016
Gallery 219A
Part of the Shakespeare 400 Festival, this focused installation features three engravings of Shakespearian scenes by various artists emulating works by the renowned Gothic artist Henry Fuseli.
Part of the Shakespeare 400 Festival, this focused installation features three engravings of Shakespearian scenes by various artists emulating works by the renowned Gothic artist Henry Fuseli.
Through October 16, 2016
Gallery 186
Icelandic artist and musician Ragnar Kjartansson’s 2013–14 video features Brooklyn-based band the National performing its three-and-a-half minute ballad “Sorrow” on repeat for six hours.
Icelandic artist and musician Ragnar Kjartansson’s 2013–14 video features Brooklyn-based band the National performing its three-and-a-half minute ballad “Sorrow” on repeat for six hours.
Through October 16, 2016
Gallery 24
Drawings and plans for Mies van der Rohe's expansion to IIT's campus offer a view of this masterwork of modern architecture and planning in process.
Drawings and plans for Mies van der Rohe's expansion to IIT's campus offer a view of this masterwork of modern architecture and planning in process.
Through November 6, 2016
Galleries 202A–205A
This focused installation examines the famously dissolute and fabulously attired German mercenaries known as Landsknechte through arms, armor, and works on paper depicting the soldiers in action.
This focused installation examines the famously dissolute and fabulously attired German mercenaries known as Landsknechte through arms, armor, and works on paper depicting the soldiers in action.
Through November 6, 2016
Gallery 107
A first for the Art Institute’s Japanese print gallery, this exhibition of maps showcases an important facet of Japanese printmaking through a range of maps depicting both known and spiritual lands.
A first for the Art Institute’s Japanese print gallery, this exhibition of maps showcases an important facet of Japanese printmaking through a range of maps depicting both known and spiritual lands.
Through January 8, 2017
Gallery 188
A companion to the concurrent Moholy-Nagy retrospective, this exhibition of contemporary work examines the influence the artist had on the field of photography.
A companion to the concurrent Moholy-Nagy retrospective, this exhibition of contemporary work examines the influence the artist had on the field of photography.
Through January 10, 2017
Galleries 1–4
The first exhibition in the post-Soviet world devoted to leading political artist Aleksandr Zhitomirsky offers an overview of his career and methods in photomontage.
The first exhibition in the post-Soviet world devoted to leading political artist Aleksandr Zhitomirsky offers an overview of his career and methods in photomontage.
Through January 15, 2017
Gallery 220A
Featuring works by Delacroix, Barye, Andrieu, and others, this focused installation explores copying in lion- and tiger-obsessed Paris in many forms: drawing, painting, printing, and sculpting.
Featuring works by Delacroix, Barye, Andrieu, and others, this focused installation explores copying in lion- and tiger-obsessed Paris in many forms: drawing, painting, printing, and sculpting.
Through January 29, 2017
Galleries 124–127
This celebration of drawings acquired over the last quarter-century presents works of Swiss, German, and Austrian Romanticism; Belgian Symbolism; French Impressionism; and 20th-century American art.
This celebration of drawings acquired over the last quarter-century presents works of Swiss, German, and Austrian Romanticism; Belgian Symbolism; French Impressionism; and 20th-century American art.
Through June 25, 2017
Galleries 212–212A
Thirteen paintings by South American artists from the 17th through 19th century introduce visitors to the Catholic orders at work in the Spanish Andes as they vied for devotees and dominion.
Thirteen paintings by South American artists from the 17th through 19th century introduce visitors to the Catholic orders at work in the Spanish Andes as they vied for devotees and dominion.
Through June 2017
Interactive Gallery, Ryan Learning Center
Get inspired to redecorate a life-sized Thorne Room or to create your own miniature space in this interactive family exhibition.
Get inspired to redecorate a life-sized Thorne Room or to create your own miniature space in this interactive family exhibition.
Through Fall 2017
Gallery 168
This selection of more than 20 Shaker objects made in the late 18th and 19th centuries exemplifies the craftsmanship synonymous with the influential utopian religious community.
This selection of more than 20 Shaker objects made in the late 18th and 19th centuries exemplifies the craftsmanship synonymous with the influential utopian religious community.
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.
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 Learning 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.