The Ryerson and Burnham Art and Architecture Archive collection of artists’ and architects’ papers complement and extend the permanent collections of the museum’s curatorial departments.
The Art Institute acquired its first work by a black artist—Henry Ossawa Tanner’s The Two Disciples at the Tomb—in 1906, the same year it was made.
Every year we grow our collection with works that expand and deepen the stories we tell and the perspectives we share—across geographies, periods and cultures. Enjoy a few highlights of this past year’s additions.
Comprising works spanning five millennia and all of the continent’s major artistic traditions, the Art Institute’s collection of Asian art is especially wide-ranging. Enjoy a few highlights from this spectacular collection.
Driven by her long-standing interest in architecture, Barbara Kruger’s work is always contextual—informed by the specific site and moment of its presentation while also adapting to and experimenting with new technologies.
It all starts with collectors and their collections.
Collectors in Chicago, along with the Art Institute, were early champions of radically new artwork by a French artist named Claude Monet.
Curator Janice Katz muses on the artist’s attempt to preserve memories of his daughter.
A dancer takes a tour of the galleries to find artworks the celebrate the body in motion.
Featuring six artworks from the Art Institute’s collection, each video from SmartHistory can be used as a resource in your teaching or shown in your classroom.
With its pulsating strands and slashes of bright color, this work evokes memories of bustling cities that Mitchell recalled from her travels in the American Midwest.
This lesson plan explores the use of silk over time and connects students with Chinese art and culture.
This lesson plan focuses on a single work of art from the museum’s global collection and provides sequential activities and related resources to explore diverse perspectives on US-Japan relations, cultural identity, and visual art.