[PAR] = Partially processed; may be available for patron use upon the consent of the Archivist.
[U] = Unprocessed and unavailable for patron use.
Historic Architecture and Landscape Image Collection, c.1865-1973 (bulk 1890-1930).
Approximately 11,000 images [P]
Consisting of approximately 11,000 images that document the architecture, landscape and urban planning of sites across the United States—with a particular emphasis on Chicago and its suburbs—and, to a lesser extent, internationally, The Historic Architecture and Landscape Image collection, or HALIC, contains mounted photographic prints, lantern slides (both black and white and hand-colored), and postcards dating from the 1860s to the 1970s.
These materials supplement, extend, and support the architectural groupings described above, with particular focus on the work of the first Chicago School, the Prairie School, and Beaux-Arts urban planning activities inspired by Daniel Burnham and Edward Bennett. This collection will be added to on a periodic basis.
Of particular note is a large body of lantern slides that was gathered by the Chicago Plan Commission, representing the international influences of Chicago's urban planning ideals during the 1910s and 1920s.
HALIC also contains a significant number of pre-Civil War, vernacular, and anonymous buildings, as well as images from many of the expositions and world's fairs that took place around the turn of the 20th-century, most notably the World's Columbian Exposition (1893), and the Century of Progress Exhibition (1933-1934), both in Chicago.
The mounted photographs come from many sources, but most were taken by professional architectural photographers. Included are large groups of photographs by the Chicago Aerial Photography Company (active c.1920-1940), the Detroit Photographic Company/Detroit Publishing Company (active 1898-1924), Henry Fuermann and Sons (Frank Lloyd Wright's preferred photographers), Albert Levy (active 1890s), and J.W. Taylor (active 1885-1910).
The lantern slides represent the work of numerous photographers and slide-makers, including George W. Bond and Company, Chicago Transparency Company, Curtis and Miller, the Detroit Photographic Company/Detroit Publishing Company, the Historic American Buildings Survey, Frances Benjamin Johnston, Alvina Lenke Studios, T.H. McAllister, A.G. McGregor, L. Manasse, Grace Nichols, Underwood and Underwood, and Edward Van Altena.
Approximately 700 images that document the architecture, landscape and urban planning of sites across the United States—with a particular emphasis on Chicago and its suburbs—and, to a lesser extent, internationally. HALIC Modern complements the original HALIC collection by focusing on works designed and constructed after World War II. This collection will be added to on a regular basis.
36 min 2 sec ago The Art Institute of Chicago APRIL 21—Join us for After Dark in the Modern Wing!
Check out the new exhibition Go with special tours and late-night access. And catch live performances by Monakr and Mano.
Must be 21+. Hosted by The Evening Associates of the Art Institute of Chicago.
18 hours 13 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago #TBT A view of George F. Harding’s “castle museum,” built in 1927.
The prominent businessman and politician had already amassed a sprawling collection of artworks, arms, and armor when he built an annex to his home on Chicago’s South Side. The Gothic Revival stone turret—complete with cannonballs embedded in the exterior walls—also included a dungeon and secret passages. Following Harding's death in 1939, the “castle” became a public museum for two decades until it was demolished during an urban renewal project. The collection was eventually brought to the Art Institute, fulfilling Harding’s intention to offer his stunning collection of art, arms, and armor to the people of Chicago.
See Harding's collection like never before in Saints & Heroes: Art of Medieval and Renaissance Europe.
20 hours 48 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago CLOSING SUNDAY—Rodney McMillian: a great society
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 and endemic racism. While his work engages the often stark realities of history and contemporary culture, it is motivated by the potential for alternative realities and future transformation.