Supporting arts integration across school curricula and interactive museum learning, the Crown Resource Center is a reference library with art history and art-making resources, exhibition catalogues, gallery activities, interdisciplinary lesson plans, research files, teacher manuals, and videos/DVD. Many relate directly to the Art Institute's collection, and a selection are available for loan. Patrons may use the library and computer stations to conduct research or consult with museum staff to plan lessons.
*Located in the Ryan Learning Center and accessible from the museum's Modern Wing entrance, the Crown Educator Resource Center is available during closed hours by appointment only (except Sundays and holidays). Please contact us by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone at (312) 443-3719 at least 24 hours in advance to schuedule an appointment.
Groups of educators may schedule free, half-hour orientations to the Crown Educator Resource Center. Classes of pre-service teachers and education students are welcome. Please schedule at least two weeks in advance. For more information, or to schedule an orientation, e-mail email@example.com or call (312) 443-3719.
Search the Educator Resource Center Library Catalog *for books, DVDs, and teaching resources. Selected resources (kits and videos) are available for loan to area educators. If you have any questions about searching the online catalog, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or (312) 443-3719.
To be eligible to borrow materials, educators must be members of the Art Institute Educator Network and live within 100 miles of the museum. Patrons may borrow two items at a time for a three-week period. Materials must be checked out in-person and returned by the date specified on the due date slip. Materials can be renewed one time only by contacting Crown Resource Center staff before the due date. Eligible educators (Illinois pre-K–12 teachers) must visit the Crown Educator Resource Center and sign up for the Educator Network.
4 hours 16 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago COMING SOON—Provoke: Photography in Japan between Protest and Performance, 1960–75
The short-lived Tokyo magazine Provoke is now recognized as a major achievement in world photography of the last 50 years. A major international traveling show, which has Chicago as its only North American venue, this exhibition is the first survey of postwar Japanese art to be organized at the Art Institute and draws heavily on the the museum’s collection—more than 60% of the over 200 items on display belong to the Art Institute.
OPENING JANUARY 28—http://bit.ly/2jMlnUx
7 hours 28 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago NOW ON VIEW—The Italian–born American artist Josef Stella revisited his native Italy in 1922, where he became fascinated by Renaissance painting. Drawing inspiration from Sandro Botticelli, Stella began to produce decorative, detailed, symbolic compositions, such as A Vision (seen here). Stella was enthralled by the tropical plants he observed at the Bronx Botanical Garden in New York, and he imagined an iconic woman growing out of the earth like the towering flowers on either side of her.
The French–born American artist Gaston Lachaise found his own iconic inspiration for the sculpture, Woman (Elevation), in Isabel Dutaud Nagle, whom he later married, telling her, “I want to create a miracle with it… as great as you.” This sculpture represents Lachaise’s first full-scale expression of the idealized female form that would come to dominate his art. Modernists like Lachaise believed preclassical art possessed a primitive vitality absent from later art forms.
See Josef Stella’s A Vision (1925/26) and Gaston Lachaise’s Woman (Elevation) (1912–15; cast 1927)—on view in Gallery 271.
1 day 3 hours ago The Art Institute of Chicago NOW OPEN—Rodney McMillian: a great society
Our latest exhibition in the Modern Wing represents the last decade of the artist’s work in video. Grappling with the complexities of class, race, and place in America, Rodney McMillian employs elements of performance, public speaking, oral history—and his interest in the science fiction genre—to expose the social and psychological consequences of economic inequality, endemic racism, and the failed promise of freedom and prosperity for all of its citizens. While McMillian's work engages the often stark realities of history and contemporary culture, it is motivated by the potential for alternative realities and future transformation.
See Rodney McMillian: a great society on view in the Modern Wing through March 26.