As the 2015–2016 artist-in-residence for Museum Education, Chicago artist Alberto Aguilar worked in the Ryan Education Center and several galleries through the summer. Aguilar’s creative practice often incorporates found materials as well as exchanges with his family, artists, and other people he encounters. His work bridges media from painting and sculpture to video, installation, performance, and sound, and has been exhibited at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art, the Queens Museum, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.
Sponsored by the Rita and Jim Knox Endowment Fund for Museum Education
As part of his residency, Alberto Aguilar produced Formative Works, a series of videos in which Chicago-based artists speak about a work of art in the Art Institute's collection that has made an impact in the artist's own practice.
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Alberto Aguilar: This wall is a work made up of parts Trott Family Gallery Ryan Learning Center May 7–September 5, 2016
Alberto Aguilar reminds us that we are always making something. Using wall painting, photographs, drawings, and ephemera, he transforms the "residue of certain life activities"—such as teaching, family, and exercise—into art.
Alberto Aguilar is the artist-in-residence for 2015-16. The residency is sponsored by the Jim and Rita Knox Endowment Fund for Museum Education.
Alberto Aguilar. New Routine (Madrid Apartment), 2012
21 hours 13 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago NOW OPEN—Abstract Experiments: Latin American Art on Paper after 1950
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.
Abstract Experiments provides an illuminating complement to Hélio Oiticica: To Organize Delirium and reflects the Art Institute’s recent efforts to expand its holdings of Latin American painting, sculpture, and works on paper.
1 day 15 hours ago The Art Institute of Chicago NOW OPEN—Hélio Oiticica: To Organize Delirium
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.
1 day 16 hours ago The Art Institute of Chicago Whitney will be taking over our Instagram for the next 24 hours. Follow along to see posts from Max and Julien’s visit to the museum.