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January 12, 1959
Swedish Textiles Today, exhibition selected by Swedish Society of Industrial Design; artists included Astrid Sampe, Ullia Ericson, and Bengt Lindroos; exhibition venues; lecture and workshop by Elsa Gullberg 142
March 6, 1959
Drawings, Gouaches, Collages by Claude Bentley, exhibition; biography note 145
April 6, 1959
AIC directorship, announcement by AIC President William McCormick Blair, establishing two new positions of Director of Fine Arts and Director of Administration, with equal status; AIC Acting Director Allan McNab, appointed AIC Director of Administration, in charge of Museum operations, including SAIC and Goodman Theatre; Mr. McNab's tenure as Acting Director, construction of Ferguson Memorial Building, completion of Gunsualus Hall exhibition space, planning for Stanley McCormick Garden and School Building 124-127
April 16, 1959
Dr. John Maxon of Museum of Art of Rhode Island School of Design, appointed AIC Director of Fine Arts, remarks by Dr. Maxon; biography note 124-127
May 4, 1959
62nd Chicago and Vicinity Annual Exhibition, shown in new exhibition gallery, called Gunsaulus Hall, description; jury of selection comprised of Director of Baltimore Museum of Art, Mrs. Adelyn D. Breeskin, artist Lawrence Calcagno of Champaign, IL, and sculptor Seymour Lipton of New York; listing of prize-winners with biography notes, Richard Talaber, Harry Brorby, Clyde Donald Smith, Ruth Horsting, Allan Lunak, Carrie McAllister, Miyoko Ito, Gustaf Dalstrom, Egon Weiner, H. Irving Gates, William Tokeshi, H. C. Westermann, Joseph Goto, Misch Kohn, Lillian Desow-Fishbein, Ronald Ahlstrom, G. Sherman Kritlow, Sandra Gierke, R. Lindberg Anderson, Hilda Solomon, John D. Klamik, and Heather Preston Kortebein 128-131
May 7, 1959
AIC Curator of Painting and Sculpture Katharine Kuh, resignation; announcement and remarks by AIC President William McCormick Blair; Mrs. Kuh's AIC tenure, biography note, publications, and letter of resignation 132-133
June 2, 1959
80th Commencement Exercises of SAIC, presided by AIC President William McCormick Blair; diplomas presented by SAIC Dean Hubert Ropp; student statistics; principal address by architect and designer Frederick John Keisler; Traveling Fellowship Awards, announced by AIC Director of Administration Allan McNab; list of winners with biography notes, Walter Stomp, Michael Urban, Richard Talaber, Dale Munday, Lotus Chan, and Richard Jeske 134
June 10, 1959
AIC Curator of Primitive Arts Alan Sawyer, resignation, accepting directorship of the Textile Museum in Washington, D.C.; Mr. Sawyer's AIC tenure; remarks by AIC President William McCormick Blair 135
July 9, 1959
The United States Collects Pan-American Art, exhibition in connection with Chicago Festival of the Americas, organized by Chicago collector and AIC benefactor Joseph Randall Shapiro; works on view, list of lenders 136-138
July 27, 1959
Court Gardens of AIC Decorative Arts Department, made possible by AIC Woman's Board and through the gifts of Howard Van Doren Shaw and Mrs. Sterling Morton; description; garden committee, comprised of Mrs. Homer J. Livingstone, Mrs. William McCormick Blair, and Mrs. Clive Runnels 139-140
August 4, 1959
Dean of SAIC Hubert Ropp, retirement; biography note, SAIC alumnus; remarks by AIC Director of Administration Allan McNab 141
Norman B. Boothby, appointed SAIC Dean, replacing Hubert Ropp; Mr. Boothby's resume 141,143-144
August 25, 1959
SAIC 80th Annual Exhibition, organized by SAIC Dean Hubert Ropp 146
August 27, 1959
Josef Albers, appointed visiting consultant to SAIC; lectures delivered to AIC Trustees, SAIC Faculty and selected group of students; comments 147
September 23, 1959
Glass by Frances and Michael Higgins, exhibition; comments and biography notes, Faculty members of Chicago Institute of Design 148
October 20, 1959
Mr. and Mrs. Sterling Morton, gift of $ 1,200,000 for construction of the Morton Wing; comments by AIC President William McCormick Blair 149, 152
October 21, 1959
Martha Bennett King, appointed AIC Publicity Consultant, replacing Doris Lane Butler; Mrs. King's resume 150-151
October 28, 1959
Shaw, Metz and Associates, commissioned as architects of AIC Morton Wing 149, 152
November 4, 1959
American Prints Today 1959, exhibition concurrent with opening of renovated Print and Drawing Galleries, organized by the Print Council of America Lessing J. Rosenwald; jury of selection, comprised of William S. Lieberman of Museum of Modern Art in New York, Harold Joachim of AIC, Una Johnson of Brooklyn Museum, Gustave von Groschwitz of Cincinnati Art Museum, and Carl Zigrosser of Philadelphia Museum of Art; works on view; catalogue and special preview 153
December 2, 1959
63rd Annual Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture, selected by Katharine Kuh and Frederick A. Sweet; works on view; jury comprised of artist Robert Motherwell, Director of Toledo Museum of Art Otto Wittman, Jr., and art critic Alfred Frankenstein; prize winners, with biography notes, Isami Noguchi, Louise Nevelson, Joseph Cornell, Hans Hofmann, Franz Kline, Philip Guston, Nathan Oliveira, Andrew Wyeth, and Joyce Treiman 155-58
1 day 18 hours ago The Art Institute of Chicago NOW OPEN—Abstract Experiments: Latin American Art on Paper after 1950
During the mid-20th century, Latin American artists were active in the evolving international discourse on modernity, at a time of industrial expansion and political transformation in South America.
Abstract Experiments provides an illuminating complement to Hélio Oiticica: To Organize Delirium and reflects the Art Institute’s recent efforts to expand its holdings of Latin American painting, sculpture, and works on paper.
2 days 12 hours ago The Art Institute of Chicago NOW OPEN—Hélio Oiticica: To Organize Delirium
The Art Institute presents the first U.S. retrospective of this groundbreaking Brazilian artist. A relentless innovator always pushing the boundaries of art, Oiticica is arguably the most influential Latin American artist of the post–World War II period and is recognized for inspiring Tropicália, a powerful movement that influenced art across media in Brazil.
In addition to viewing his early works on paper, visitors are invited to take off their shoes and walk through immersive sand-filled installations, view Amazonian parrots, and try on wearable objects designed by the artist.
2 days 13 hours ago The Art Institute of Chicago Whitney will be taking over our Instagram for the next 24 hours. Follow along to see posts from Max and Julien’s visit to the museum.