This special issue of Museum Studies explores the broad history and practice of art education at the Art Institute, charting the museum's past, present, and future vision of what museum education can be and do. Drawing from a rich trove of archival, oral, and photographic resources, authors offer a lively account of museum education as an evolving profession, an outlet for aesthetic and political programs, and a crucial element of the Art Institute's public mission from the moment of its founding in 1879.
The project also explores the museum's educational efforts as a focus of volunteer commitment, particularly since the 1950s. A pioneering effort, this publication constitutes an important, unique contribution to the history of education in American cultural institutions.
Table of Contents:
Preface Cleopatra B. Alexander Introduction and Acknowledgments James N. Wood Balancing Act: Education and the Competing Impulses of Museum Work Danielle Rice Every Walk of Life and Every Degree of Education: Museum Instruction at the Art Institute of Chicago, 1879–1955 Sylvia Rhor Women in the Galleries: Prestige, Education, and Volunteerism at Mid-Century Gregory Nosan Museum Education at the Art Institute, 1980–2003: Expansion, Diversity, Continuity Robert Eskridge Notes
The Art Institute of Chicago, 2003 8 3/8 x 10 1/4 in.; 96 pages; approximately 75 illustrations Softcover ISBN 0-86559-202-0
17 hours 1 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago NOW OPEN—Humanism + Dynamite = The Soviet Photomontages of Aleksandr Zhitomirsky
The first exhibition in the post-Soviet world devoted to leading political artist Aleksandr Zhitomirsky offers a captivating portrayal of a satirist and loyal citizen who inventively furthered his country’s official causes across a tumultuous half-century.
18 hours 53 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago CLOSING SOON—Icelandic artist/musician Ragnar Kjartansson’s intensely durational works often manifest a rare synthesis of pathos and humor.
A Lot of Sorrow is both a music video and extended concert film, in which The National performs its ballad “Sorrow” on repeat for six hours. See the song take on new layers of meaning as the hours pass and fatigue sets in.
Closing October 16—http://bit.ly/2du3GXh
3 days 14 hours ago The Art Institute of Chicago Congratulations to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture on their grand opening this weekend. The building, designed by architect David Adjaye, is a truly historic addition to the National Mall in Washington D.C. #APeoplesJourney #MakingHistory