The Art Institute of Chicago has adapted the format suggested by The AAM Guide to Provenance Research (Washington, D.C.: 2001).
The provenance for a work of art in the Art Institute's collection is listed in chronological order, beginning with the earliest known owner. Death dates of owners, if known and significant to the transfer or inheritance of the work, are enclosed in parentheses.
Relationships between owners and methods of transactions are indicated in the text and clarified through punctuation. Uncertain information is preceded by the terms "possibly" or "probably," while methods of transfer are specified with terms such as "sold," "by descent," and "given." A semicolon is used to indicate that the work passed directly between two owners (including dealers, auction houses, or agents), and a period is used to separate two owners (including dealers auction houses or agents) if a direct transfer did not occur or is not known to have occurred.
Information that documents and/or clarifies the provenance is included within brackets.
14 hours 54 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago Chicago Splash previews Moholy-Nagy: Future Present, a retrospective on the Bauhaus designer who also made his mark in Chicago—opening at the Art Institute October 2.
17 hours 16 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago CLOSING SUNDAY—Design Episodes: The Modern Chair
Explore the evolution of the modern chair in the 20th century with iconic examples from makers like Charles and Ray Eames, Le Corbusier and Charlotte Perriand, and Harry Bertoia, among others.
THE MODERN CHAIR—http://bit.ly/2dD4Xy0
1 day 13 hours ago The Art Institute of Chicago CLOSING SOON—Supernatural Shakespeare
While Shakespeare’s title characters might have the most name recognition, the Bard’s meddling witches and mischievous faerie folk often steal the show. See this focused installation before it closes October 10.