According to the legend of Chang E (Chahng-uh), during the Legendary Period, a terrible drought plagued the earth because of 10 suns burning in the sky. Chang E’s husband, Hou Yi, was an expert archer and shot down the nine extra suns. In honor of his heroism, the Jade Emperor awarded Hou Yi an elixir that would grant him eternal life, but Chang E stole the elixir and fled to the moon. In later centuries, Chang E was transformed in the Chinese imagination into a beautiful and virtuous woman celebrated as a lunar deity.
13 hours 50 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago “Every new painting is like throwing myself into the water without knowing how to swim.”
Happy birthday to accomplished swimmer Édouard Manet.
See ten works by Manet now on view—http://bit.ly/2jpR5X2
15 hours 23 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago THURSDAY at 6:00—Join us for a lecture with photographer and
MacArthur fellow LaToya Ruby Frazier as she discusses her work—personal, incisive explorations of issues surrounding race, representation, and social justice in places such as Flint, Michigan and her hometown of Braddock, Pennsylvania.
Free to IL residents—http://bit.ly/2jRrhpV
18 hours 30 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago Hark! Free Winter Weekdays continue at the Art Institute, with free admission all day for Illinois residents—now through February 16.
Image: [Now on view in Gallery 226] Edgar Degas. Café Singer, 1879. Bequest of Clara Margaret Lynch in memory of John A. Lynch.