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
1 hour 15 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago NOW ON VIEW—Provoke: Photography in Japan between Protest and Performance, 1960–1975
Provoke was the English-language title for a Japanese photo magazine of the late 1960s; the name also designates the group of photographers and writers who put that formative publication together. Their influence has grown so great that the “Provoke era” is now international shorthand for sixties counterculture in Japan. This generational uprising swelled from the massive unrest, and sheer cultural disorientation, that accompanied the country’s transformation from ruined empire to superpower after World War II.
This exhibition places the achievements of Provoke alongside those of protesters and protest collectives, who made riveting photobooks, films, and photographs throughout the same era, as well as artists and art collectives keenly interested in live performance and its relation to the mechanical image.
4 hours 47 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago NEW ACQUISITION—In the early decades of the sixteenth century, Antwerp was a great center of commerce, finance, and luxury trade. The Flemish city attracted innovative painters like Quentin Massys, Jan Gossart, and Joos van Cleve working in a style that combined northern traditions with Italianate forms. Numerous other painters, whose work is only known under names of convenience, like the Master of the Lille Adoration, swelled the ranks of the Antwerp guild.
Saint Jerome in Penitence (by the Master of the Lille Adoration) is an ideal addition to our collection and can be seen alongside other exemplary paintings from Renaissance Antwerp—on view in Gallery 207.
1 day 4 hours ago The Art Institute of Chicago This bronze by Daniel Chester French is a reduced version of the full-size statue in the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., which French worked on with the architect Henry Bacon. The Lincoln Memorial has remained a cherished destination at the National Mall since its dedication in 1922.
Find French's historic depiction of Lincoln in our galleries of American art.