June 22–September 29 Galleries 124–127 Through nearly 120 drawings and prints, as well as select paintings, photographs, and materials from the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries, this exhibition explores the connotations of informal dress and undress in intimate, private circumstances, presenting the fascinating flip side to the very public face of high fashion.
May 26–October 6 Gallery 137 This special presentation of works in the Art Institute’s collection highlights six forms of status dress from Africa. Each wrapped, robed, or beaded example features a lavish use of materials that emphasize status through dazzling display.
Fashion in Antiquity
June 26–September 22 Galleries 150–154 In antiquity, one’s clothing, hairstyle, and jewelry not only expressed individual status and identity but also told the story of a wider network of trade and travel in the Mediterranean world. Explore the nuances of dress and textiles in Greek vase painting; the elaborately constructed coiffures of the Roman Empire; and the glittering adornment in Byzantium.
Fashionable French Farce
Through October 15 Galleries 223A and 225A Caricaturist Honoré Daumier was in his element with the fashion foibles of the 1850s, while Félicien Rops skewered Parisian art and couture of the 1880s. This special rotation of Rops’s etchings and Daumier’s lithographs ranges from corset voyeurs and vengeful fashionistas to crinoline skirt parachute parodies.
July 2–September 9 Ryerson and Burnham LIbraries The 19th century’s version of today’s high-gloss fashion photography—woodcuts, engravings, and other mechanically reproduced illustrations—sheds light on the history of women’s dress. Please note: The libraries are closed on Saturdays and Sundays.
2 days 9 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
2 days 12 hours ago The Art Institute of Chicago Time machines, superheroes, wild creatures, and more… JourneyMaker makes every visit to the museum an adventure.
Try this new digital interactive for families in the museum’s Ryan Learning Center, located in the Modern Wing, or print out a tour at home.
3 days 10 hours ago The Art Institute of Chicago Today marks the autumn equinox and the official end of summer. Celebrate the changing of the seasons with the latest in ARTicle’s Sound and Vision series, matching songs from around the world with our encyclopedic collection.