The Art Institute of Chicago receives many requests to loan works from our collection to institutions around the world. We must carefully assess each request we receive through a formal review process.
The Art Institute boasts an outstanding collection of American Art—fitting for a classic American city. Find some of the icons below.
Responding to disproportionate racial and gender representation within Chicago’s modern and contemporary art scene in the 20th century, women seized the gap by forging their own spaces throughout the city. Learn about the history of placemaking in Chicago art spaces through selections from the Research Center’s Libraries and Archives.
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.
Join in a civic celebration with this tour featuring works by Chicago artists as well as works intrinsically linked to our city.
Bisa Butler’s quilts are exuberant, colorful, and almost photo-like—arresting and complex objects made entirely of fabric that has been carefully cut, layered, and stitched together.
Four writers select works from four continents in an exploration of the involuntary but essential act of taking in air.
The goal in conserving these works was not to hide the damage—the scars tell their own story.
An updated selection of extraordinary paintings at the Art Institute of Chicago, featuring works from around the globe and dating from ancient Egypt to the present day.
In The Herring Net (1885), Winslow Homer captures the conflict between man and nature in his depiction of two fishermen hauling in a herring net amidst a stormy and powerful seascape.
Thinly and rapidly painted, Equestrienne (At the Cirque Fernando) (1887-88) has the confident, improvisational quality of a drawing. Its subject is the Circus Fernando, one of the first permanent circuses in Paris.
Abstract Expressionism was an American art movement that developed in the 1940s and 1950s, the period just after World War II. The artists mostly used bold color and dynamic application of paint to convey strong emotion and content.
This dramatic canvas was painted by José Clemente Orozco during his self-imposed exile in the United States. A leader of the Mexican Mural movement of the 1920s and 1930s, Orozco painted Emiliano Zapata who had become a symbol of the Mexican Revolution.