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  • 1 day 5 hours ago
    The Art Institute of Chicago
    2017 celebrates the Year of the Rooster and marks the fifth year of festive programming at the museum, with family art-making activities, performances, public tours in Mandarin, self-guided tours, and culinary specialties from China.
  • 1 day 8 hours ago
    The Art Institute of Chicago
    Spring is coming… Just a sneak peek of what to see at the Art Institute on the dawn of the Vernal Equinox.
  • 1 day 12 hours ago
    The Art Institute of Chicago
    Photographer Joel Sternfeld’s Recreated Bark Longhouse is taken from the series Earth: Experimental Utopias in America, 1982–2005. The Six Nations of the Iroquois Confederacy refer to themselves as the “people of the longhouse,” taking their identity from the traditional building that served as a communal dwelling and ceremonial hall. This confederacy—perhaps the oldest democracy on earth—existed long before the Europeans arrived, and Iroquois law strongly influenced Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and other framers of the U.S. Constitution. The theory that the Constitution is based on the Iroquois Great Law of Peace rather than Greek democracy is gaining credence. Certainly Jefferson adopted Iroquois symbols: the Tree of Peace (where the Nations buried their hatchets) became the Tree of Liberty, and the Iroquois’ Eagle-who-sees-far became the symbol of the new American government. Image: [Not on display] Joel Sternfeld. Recreated Bark Longhouse, Ganondagan Historic Site, New York, July 2000. Gift of Ralph and Nancy Segall. © Joel Sternfeld.