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1981 News Releases

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January 12, 1981

William Bentsen, appointed Director of Trusts and Bequests at AIC; remarks by Vice President for Development and Public Relations Larry Ter Molen 207


January 15, 1981

Twenty Contemplations on the Infant Jesus: An Homage to Olivier Messiaen, exhibition of etchings and drawings by Dan Ramirez; curator of Prints and Drawings Esther Sparks, catalogue 208-209


January 22, 1981

The Morton G. Neumann Family Collection, exhibition organized in collaboration with The National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.; curator of 20th Century Art Department A. James Speyer; catalogue 210-211


January 27, 1981

Public programs and lectures, February schedule 212-213


January 29, 1981

Lynn Elise Springer, appointed Curator of European Decorative Arts Department; announcement by AIC Director James N. Wood 214-215


February 9, 1981

The First Four Decades of the 20th Century, lecture series; senior lecturer of Museum Education Department George Schneider; film classics presentation: "Entre'acte", "Chien Andalou", "Lightplay: Black-White-Gray" 216


February 24, 1981

Prints and Multiples: the 79th Exhibition by Artists of Chicago and Vicinity, exhibition venues; curator of Prints and Drawings Dr. Esther Sparks 217-218, 222-223, 244-247, 253-254


February 26, 1981

18th Century French Decorative Arts, lecture series by Ronald Freyberger 219


March 2, 1981

Membership Department, Potpourri series featuring lecturer and dance critic Ann Barzel, ballerina and Artistic Director of Chicago City Ballet Maria Tallchief, General Director of dance company Joseph Krakora, Artistic Director of the Chicago Opera Theatre Alan Stone 220


March 11, 1981

The 1981 Exhibition Schedule 221-225


March 20, 1981

Master Drawings by Picasso, retrospective in celebration of the artist's centennial organized by Fogg Art Museum of Harvard University; AIC installation directed by curator of Prints and Drawings Department Harold Joachim; exhibition venues, catalogue and checklist of works shown in AIC 221-222, 226-228


March 23, 1981

Junior Museum, Galleries and the City, family workshops planned by staff of Museum Education Department and Young Artists Studios of SAIC 229


March 26, 1981

The Search for Alexander, lecture series by staff members of Museum Education Department George Schneider, Mary Wax, Jeanne Sellnau, and guest lecturer Dr. Ori Z. Soltes 222, 230-231, 240-243


April 1, 1981

Joan Miro, exhibition in honor of unveiling of the statue Miro's Chicago on the Brunswick Plaza, downtown Chicago; remarks by curator of Prints and Drawings Department Harold Joachim 232


April 7, 1981

Coverlets from the Permanent Collection, exhibition, curator of Textiles Department Christa C. M. Thurman 233


April 29, 1981

The Magician of Venice, Mariano Fortuny, 1871-1949, traveling exhibition; donation from Neiman-Marcus in support of Chicago showing; European venues 224, 234-235, 264-265


April 30, 1981

Major acquisitions from the Estate of Mary L. Block: P. Klee's Sunset; Picasso's Girl with Pitcher; Seurat's Oil Sketch for La Grande Jatte ; Degas' Ballet at the Paris Opera; remarks by Chairman of The Board of Trustees Arthur M. Wood, AIC Director James N. Wood, and Museum's Curators A. James Speyer and Richard Brettell; Mary L. and Leigh B. Block, Distinguished Benefactors of AIC 236-239


May 18, 1981

The Search for Alexander, exhibition, lecture series, tours for school students, information for visitors 240-242; extended Sunday hours 243


May 21, 1981

The Search for Alexander exhibition, extended hours, audio tour, sponsorship 243


June 8, 1981

Prints and Multiples: 79th Exhibition by Artists of Chicago and Vicinity, opening; curator of Prints and Drawings Esther Sparks; exhibition venues, participants, and catalogue 222-223, 244-247, 253-254


June 9, 1981

The Film Center of SAIC and AIC Junior Museum, International Children's Film Festival; brochure 248-249


June 22, 1981

The Drawings of Andrea Palladio, US tour exhibition organized by International Exhibitions Foundation in collaboration with The National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; exhibition venues, catalogue, and lecture by James S. Ackerman of Harvard University; Palladio in Chicago, complementary exhibition of photographs by Bob Thall organized in cooperation with AIC Burnham Library of Architecture 223, 250-252


July 1, 1981

Prints and Multiples: 79th Exhibition by Artists of Chicago and Vicinity, prize-winners 253-254


July 9, 1981

Georges Braque's Landscape at La Ciotat, acquisition made possible by contributions obtained by AIC Trustee R. Robert Funderburg; remarks by curator of 20th Century Art Department A. James Speyer 255-256


July 21, 1981

Universal Limited Art Editions (ULAE), acquisition of complete collection of graphic works made possible by challenge grant from Mr. and Mrs. Thomas H. Dittmer and various donations; Tatyana Grosman's gift of ULAE archive; promised gifts; remarks by AIC Director James N. Wood 257-259


July 27, 1981

Edward Hopper: The Art and the Artist, retrospective organized by Whitney Museum of American Art, N.Y.; exhibition venues in the U.S. and Europe, catalogue and lectures 223-224, 260-261, 277-278


August 6, 1981

Walter Burley Griffen, Marion Mahony Griffen: Architectural Drawings in The Burnham Library of Architecture, exhibition; the Prairie School; brochure 262-263


August 24, 1981

The Magician of Venice, Mariano Fortuny, 1871-1949, traveling exhibition; AIC showing directed by curator of Textiles Department Christa C. M. Thurman; catalogue 224, 234-235, 264-265


September 10, 1981

Edouard Vuillard's Landscape: Window Overlooking the Woods, acquisition; comments by curator of European Painting Department Richard R. Brettell; the Natanson Family Collection (Paris) 266-268


September 14, 1981

Printed Fabrics from the Permanent Collection, complementary exhibition for The Magician of Venice, Mariano Fortuny; curator of Textiles Department Christa C. M. Thurman 269-270

Art Today, series of lectures featuring Stanley Tigerman, Philip Pearlstein, Michael Coe; comments by executive director of Museum Education Department Rex Moser 271-272


September 16, 1981

The Department of Architecture,founded as the eleventh curatorial department in AIC; announcement by AIC Director James N. Wood; The Burnham library of Architecture Gallery designated as a permanent exhibition gallery for the Department; Architectural Archivist John R. Zukowsky, appointed Curator in Charge of the Department of Architecture 273-274


September 22, 1981

Illinois Arts Week, public lectures and artist's demonstrations; SAIC professors Moira Roth and Barbara Aubin 275-276


September 24, 1981

Lectures series interpreting exhibition titled Edward Hopper: The Art and the Artist; presentation of Brian O'Doherty's film Hopper's Silences; audio tour 277-278


October 4, 1981

Pablo Picasso: The Legacy of a Genius, film presentation in celebration of the artist's centennial; lecture series by Mary Gedo 279-280


October 8, 1981

Architectural firms of John Vinci/Architects AIA and Hammond Beeby & Babka, study on renovation and restoration of Museum's architectural structure; announcement by AIC Chairman Arthur M. Wood 281-282


October 12, 1981

Homage to Women, exhibition, curator of Prints and Drawings Department Harold Joachim 283-284


October 22, 1981

Richard Fraser Townsend, appointed Curator of the Department of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas replacing Dr. Evan Maurer; announcement by AIC Director James N. Wood 285-286

Arthur W. Schultz nominated as candidate for Chairman of The Board of Trustees replacing Arthur M. Wood; remarks by AIC Director James N. Wood 287


October 29, 1981

The Institute of Museum Services (IMS), general operating expenses grant to AIC 288


November 2, 1981

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation endowment, grant to support AIC Conservation Department; internship in the Dpartment 289-290


November 19, 1981

Mr. Duane R. Kullberg and Mr. David G. Taylor elected AIC Trustees 291-292


December 11, 1981

The Golden Age of Naples: Art and Civilization Under the Bourbons 1734-1805, US tour exhibition, sponsored by Banco di Napoli and co-organized by AIC and The Detroit Institute of Arts; AIC installation directed by curator of European Painting Department Richard Brettell; catalogue 294-296, 301-302


December 14, 1981

Christmas Holiday programs in Junior Museum; tours and film demonstrations 297


December 17, 1981

Joseph Cornell, retrospective organized by The Museum of Modern Art in New York; European venues, catalogue, and lectures 298-300


December 28, 1981

The Golden Age of Naples, exhibition, related events, gallery walks, and slide show 294-296, 301-302