The Institutional Archives of the Art Institute of Chicago contain the official papers and records of the Art Institute museum and school since its founding. The Institutional Archives have special access policies. An appointment is required to view materials.
Contact the Archives staff through the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries' Reference Desk, which is open Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 1:00 pm until 5:00 pm, and Thursdays from 10:30 am until 8:00 pm.
8 hours 35 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago #TBT 1996: A lion’s job is never done. The Art Institute’s faithful companions look over Michigan Avenue, 103 years after they first arrived at the museum.
12 hours 34 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago NOW OPEN—The Shogun’s World: Japanese Maps from the 18th and 19th Centuries
Now on view in Gallery 107, The Shogun's World showcases the distinct beauty of Japanese mapmaking. These heavily image-based maps occasionally explore spiritual landscapes in addition to physical geography. The importance of spirituality in this tradition is shown in this detail from a mid-19th century map of Yokohama Harbor, where the legend color-codes not only landmarks like Buddhist temples, foreigners’ residences, and stone bridges, but also the locations of spiritually significant trees and rocks.