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1978 News Releases

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January 3, 1978

Sonata, tapestry by Leonardo Nierman, gift to AIC from Ms. Dee Lamport Loew 161


January 4, 1978

Meanings of the Nude in Western Art, lecture series by Celia Marriott of Museum Education Department 162


January 6, 1978

Ernie Pyle: The Pre-War Years, The Wartime Years, performance by actor William Windom; program produced by AIC Department of Special Events 163


January 9, 1978

Behind the Broken Words, a Celebration of Language, performance by actors Anthony Zerbe and Lee Browne 164


January 18, 1978

Music of the Baroque ensemble, Chicago, conductor and founder Thomas Wikman, featuring Christmas Oratorio by Johann Sebastian Bach 165


January 24, 1978

Photographs by Tod Papageorge, exhibition 166


February 8, 1978

SAIC Goodman School of Drama, affiliated with DePaul University, Chicago; announcement by AIC Chairman James W. Alsdorf; remarks on acquisition by Chairman of DePaul Board Robert M. Drevs and Dean of the DePaul School of Music Dr. Frederick Miller; history notes on both Schools 167-169


February 9, 1978

AIC Antiquarian Society bequest to American Arts Department; comments by Department curator Milo Naeve on acquisition of mahogany and white pine table, ca. 1750-70, Salem, MA, 170


February 14, 1978

Pompeii AD 79, US tour exhibition made possible through National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and Xerox Corporation; announcement on AIC showing; venues and related publication 171-172, 192-193, 197-198, 200-204, 208-209, 212-215, 218, 229, 239-240, 245, 255-256


February 17, 1978

Japanese Woodblock Prints, exhibition from the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Theodore W. Van Zelst, featuring Un'ichi Hiratsuka, master of the sosaku honga; biography note and remarks by the artist 173

Court House: A Photographic Document, two-year tour exhibition, presented under auspices of the American Federation of Arts and National Trust for Historical Preservation; photographs from the Court House Project, commissioned by Joseph E. Seagram and Sons, Inc.; American architecture, buildings of law; list of photographers 174


February 27, 1978

The Small Sculptures of Francesco Bertos, lecture by Anthony F. Radcliffe of Victoria and Albert Museum, London; lecture made possible through Samuel A. Marx Bequest designated for lectures by distinguished art scholars 175

On Colonial Architecture in Goa, lecture by Carlos de Azevedo of Miami University in Ohio 176


February 27, 1978

Twilight of the Gods, lecture series by Dr. Mary Gedo, exploring art by Great Masters in their later years 177


March 16, 1978

AIC Centennial Fund Drive; sale of $15 million in tax exempt bonds issued under the auspices of Illinois Educational Facilities Authority; proceeds of the sale focused on financing of construction and renovation program at the Museum; Homer Livingston, Jr., Executive Vice President of the First National Bank of Chicago, presenting check to AIC; remarks by AIC Chairman James W. Alsdorf 178-179


March 23, 1978

Two Hundred Years of American Architectural Drawing, retrospective exhibition organized by The Architectural League of New York and The American Federation of Arts; curators David Gebhardt of University of California at Santa Barbara and Deborah Nevins of The Architectural League of New York; exhibition venues and publication; AIC showing coordinated by curator of American Arts Department Milo Naeve 180-181, 187

Peasant Paintings from Huhsien County of the People's Republic of China, exhibition loaned by Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries in Peking; US and European venues; booklet with essays by Chinese artists 182-183

Eight Paintings by Georges Braque from the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Leigh B. Block, exhibition loaned by the collectors; works on view 184


April 6, 1978

Works on Paper: 77th Exhibition of Artists of Chicago and Vicinity; biennial (since 1969) Exhibitions of Chicago and Vicinity restituted as annual events, even-numbered annuals devoted to other than painting and sculpture mediums; new regulations for the exhibition entries; the 77th show curated by Esther Sparks of Prints and Drawings, comments and jury 185-186, 222-224, 232-234


April 12, 1978

Two Hundred Years of American Architectural Drawing, exhibition lecture series, sponsored by Museum Education Department and supported by Henry C. Morris Fund of AIC; lectures conducted by John Poppelers of U.S. Department of the Interior, Charles E. Brownell of Maryland Historical Society, Osmand Overby of University of Missouiri, and Robert Judson Clark of Princeton University; schedule 187

Thomas Cubitt: Builder and Developer, lecture by Hermione Hobhouse of Oxford University, London, 188


April 13, 1978

Fashion Items and Textiles Pertaining to Fashion, exhibition in conjunction with Annual Meeting of The Costume Society of America; remarks by curator of Textiles Department Christa C. M. Thurman 189-190


April 18, 1978

17th C. table and pair of torcheres, court furniture of the King Louis XIV reign, acquired from the chateau de Savigny in Burgundy, France, and exhibited at AIC; comments by curator of European Decorative Arts Department John Keefe 191


May 18, 1978

Pompeii AD 79, announcement on opening of US tour exhibition sponsored by National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and Xerox Corporation; installation, slide lectures, promotional offer of Museum Membership Department, and ticket information 192-193


May 19, 1978

Recent Acquisitions, 1976-1977: Photography, exhibition; works on view, list of photographers 194

Color Photographs by Larry McPherson, exhibition featuring dye-transfer technique of printing; curator of Photography David Travis 195-196


May 30, 1978

Pompeii AD 79, US tour exhibition; announcement on exhibition opening, venues, installation, ticket and membership information, and special Pompeii phone-line 197-198


June 5, 1978

AIC expansion program launched in 1971; opening of new McKinlock Court Galleries in celebration of Museum Centennial, featuring Contemporary American Art and African Art Collections; works on view 199


June 7, 1978

News release of Archaeological Institute of America, the Chicago Society, announcing special bonus programs in association with Pompeii AD 79 exhibition 201


June 8, 1978

Pompeii AD 79, US tour exhibition; announcement by Membership Department prior to exhibition opening; Museum membership increase 200

From the Ashes of Vesuvius, series of lectures in association with exhibition titled Pompeii AD 79, presented by Museum lecturer George Schneider; schedule 202


June 16, 1978

Pompeii AD 79, exhibition construction and special AIC installation designed by Vincent Cuilla of New York; remarks by AIC Associate Director of Physical Plant Bernie Trella and AIC Conservator Timothy Lennon 203-204


June 23, 1978

European Portraits (1600-1900) in the AIC, exhibition from Permanent Collection, curator of Earlier Painting and Classical Art Susan Wise; catalogue with essay by David Riper 205


July 7, 1978

Junior Museum Summer programs, Crayon-A-Thon: An Invitation to Draw, Film Fun, Heritage Hikes I, II, and III, Forms in Space, I Spy, Bits and Pieces 206-207


July 18, 1978

Pompeii AD 79, exhibition, special AIC installation included period garden conceived by Vincent Ciulla of New York; description 208

Pompeii AD 79, exhibition attendance record of Boston Museum of Fine Arts announced prior to AIC showing, other US and European venues 209


July 31, 1978

Arthur M. Wood nominated candidate for Chairman of AIC Board of Trustees, succeeding James W. Alsdorf; Mr. and Mrs. Arthur M. Wood, AIC Benefactors and Sustaining Fellows; Mrs. Wood, daughter of Potter Palmer, Jr.(President of AIC from 1925 to 1943) 210- 211, 251-253

Pompeii AD 79, general information; exhibition loaned by National Archaeological Museum of Naples and the Pompeii Antiquarium; special AIC installation by Vincente Ciulla; AIC president E. L. Chalmers, security memo; previews and priority passes for various categories of visitors; two-volume catalogue published by Boston Museum of Fine Arts; Pompeii shop; self-guided audio tours; other services; Junior Museum Pompeii festival; special events 171-172, 192-193, 197-198, 200-204, 208-209, 212-215, 218, 229, 239-240, 245, 255-256


August 18, 1978

The Athlete: 25 Year Retrospective of Roger Riger, exhibition of drawings, photographs, and films produced for Sports Illustrated magazine and ABC TV series Wide World of Sports; works on view 216-217


August 22, 1978

Junior Museum Pompeii festival for children, schedule for performances by Classic Students of New Trier East High School and Pupple Puppetry, craft demonstrations by mosaicist Arnold Zweerts, potter Tom Finerty, weaver Janina Kinka, and fresco painter George Stahl 218


August 28, 1978

Spaces and Intersections, photographs by Rusty Culp and Douglas R. Gilbert, exhibition organized by curator of Photography Department David Travis 219-220

Quilts from the Permanent Collection, Part I, exhibition organized by curator of Textiles Department Christa C. M. Thurman 221


September 7, 1978

Works on Paper: 77th Exhibition by Artists of Chicago and Vicinity, jury comprised of New York artist Philip Pearlstein, Jan van der Marck of Dartmouth Museum, NH, and AIC curator of Prints and Drawings Esther Sparks; new format for Chicago and Vicinity shows; list of participants 185-186, 222-224, 232-234


September 11, 1978

Ivan Albright, exhibition of paintings, sculptures, prints, and drawings from Permanent collection; works on view; biography note 225-226


September 22, 1978

I have a Dream, sculpture by Abbott Pattison, memorial to Martin Luther King, Jr., at Chicago State University, commissioned by AIC Ferguson Monument Fund; dedication ceremony conducted by President of the University Benjamin H. Alexander, AIC Chairman James W. Alsdorf, and Leon Davis, Chairman of the Board of Governors, State Colleges and Universities; biography note on Abbot Pattison, SAIC instructor 227-228


September 26, 1978

Pompeii AD 79, exhibition, attendance record, the 200,001st visitor welcomed by AIC President E. Laurence Chalmers, Jr.; crowd control operation, ticket information 229

The Theatrical Prints of the Torii Masters, traveling exhibition of ukiyo-e prints from the collections of Honolulu Academy of Arts and Riccar Art Museum in Tokyo, organized by Dr. Howard A. Link of Honolulu Academy; AIC showing coordinated by Jack Sewell and Osamu Ueda of Oriental Art Department; catalogue by Dr. Link 230-231


September 27, 1978

Works on Paper: 77th Exhibition by Artists of Chicago and Vicinity, prize winners 185-186, 222-223, 232-234


October 3, 1978

Careers in Art Day, free program on art education sponsored by AIC, schedule of seminars and portfolio interviews; list of participating institutions 235-236


October 19, 1978

Masterpieces by Reynolds and Gainsborough in The National Gallery in London, lecture by Homan Potterton of The National Gallery, London, 237

Lecture on 19th C. French sculptor Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux, conducted by Anne M. Wagner of Harvard University; annual lecture of a distinguished scholar sponsored by AIC Old Masters Society 238


October 23, 1978

The Classical Presence in American Art by curator of American Arts Department Milo Naeve, AIC publication in association with Pompeii AD 79 exhibition 239-240


October 24, 1978

Stone sculpture depicting Pasvanatha, the Twenty-third Tirthankara, 12th C., Southern India, on permanent view; gift of AIC Auxiliary Board in honor of AIC Trustees Mr. and Mrs. James W. Alsdorf; remarks by President of Auxiliary Board David Hilliard 241


October 25, 1978

Photography: Smile for the Birdie, two-year installation in the Sol and Celia Hammerman Gallery of AIC Junior Museum; show included works by Chicago-area artists Robert Amft, David Avison, Barbara Crane, Fred Endsley, Kenneth Josephson, Gene Pesek, and Ellen Lanyon 242


October 30, 1978

AIC Ryerson and Burnham Libraries, receiving federal grant from Department of Health, Education and Welfare under the Higher Education Act of 1965 (Strengthening Research Libraries Recourses); organization of AIC Burnham Archives of architectural drawings and blueprints; conservation of Daniel Burnham's drawings from Plan of Chicago and copies of Inland Architecture magazine; Plan of Chicago: 1909-1979, library exhibition commemorating 70th anniversary of the publication; collection development of AIC Libraries 243-244

Pompeii AD 79, exhibition attendance record; extended dates 245


November 1, 1978

Too Much of a Good Thing, lecture on Victorian architecture by David N. Durant of Nottingham and Sheffield Universities, U.K., 246


November 9,1978

The Arthur Rubloff Collection of antique paperweights, gift to AIC; opening of the Rubloff Gallery designed by Robert Furhoff of Chicago in collaboration with Mr. Rubloff, project coordinated by curator of European Decorative Arts Department John W. Keefe, remarks 247-248


November 13, 1978

Carl Andre, retrospective exhibition organized by Laguna Gloria Art Museum, Austin, TX; exhibition venues and catalogue written by Barbara Rose and David Bourdon 249-250


November 20, 1978

Arthur M. Wood elected Chairman of AIC Board of Trustees, succeeding James W. Alsdorf; Brooks McCormick elected Vice Chairman of AIC Board of Trustees; Linda Starks elected to AIC Office of Secretary replacing Louise Lutz, Ms. Lutz's retirement as Secretary of the Corporation; other officers re-elected; Mrs. Eugene A. Davidson designated AIC Life Trustee 251-253


November 21, 1978

An Illinois Quilt Tradition, lecture by quilt-expert Susan Kolojeski in association with AIC exhibition titled Quilts from the Permanent Collection; SAIC alumnus 254


November 22, 1978

Pompeii AD 79, exhibition, outstanding attendance record and Museum membership increase; comments by AIC President E. Laurence Chalmers, Jr.; venues 255-256


November 28, 1978

Ladies at the Bath in 16th C. French Painting, lecture by Henri Zerner of Brown University; annual lecture of a distinguished scholar sponsored by AIC Old Masters Society 257


December 11, 1978

Make-In: Pictures that Flip, Spin and Move, Junior Museum workshops, complementing exhibition titled Photography: Smile for the Birdie 258

Christmas Through Artists' Eyes, holiday presentation 259


December 18, 1978

Theft of Japanese painting called Lone heron on snow-covered willow tree by lake, Tosa School, 18th C.; reward for information, comments by AIC president E. Laurence Chalmers, Jr., 260


December 20, 1978

Claire Zeisler - A Retrospective, exhibition, curator of Textile Department Christa C. M. Thurman, comments and catalogue with essays by Ms. Thurman, Erika Billeter of Museum Bellerive in Switzerland, Bernard Kester of University of California, Katherine Kuh of New York, and Paul J. Smith of Museum of Contemporary Crafts in New York 261-262

Special series of audio-visual presentations, organized by Museum Education Department, schedule 263


December 27, 1978

Theft of three Cezanne paintings titled Madame Cezanne in a Yellow Armchair (1893-95), Apples On a Tablecloth (1886-90), and House on the River (1885-90); comments by curator of Earlier Painting J. Partice Marandel and AIC President E. Laurence Chalmers, Jr., 264, 267


December 28, 1978

Photography exhibitions inaugurating the 1979 centennial celebrations at AIC; The Art Institute of Chicago: 100 Years, exhibition organized by Centennial Committee of the Professional Museum Association featuring archival photographs of AIC and SAIC; Discovering America, 1959-1970: A Tribute to Hugh Edwards, exhibition honoring the first curator of AIC Photography Collection, the show organized by curator of Photography Department David Travis and sponsored by American Photographer magazine, works on view; American photography in the 1970s, exhibition organized by AIC Society for Contemporary Art, works on view 265-266


December 29, 1978

Theft of three Cezanne paintings, reward for information 264, 267