The Art Institute of Chicago commits to advancing racial justice now and in the future. We recognize our mission to care for and interpret our collections and our moral obligation to confront the biases and inequities of our history.
Artist Bisa Butler and her husband, a longtime DJ, chose this selection of songs to pair with each of her quilts as well as other works from the museum’s collection, all of which are on view in Bisa Butler: Portraits.
Whether a painting, photograph, print, or sculpture—a portrait is often thought of as capturing a physical likeness of an individual.
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.
Butler’s quilts bring new life—and beautiful vibrancy—to the subjects of archival photographs.
Discover the artists who have and continue to inspire Bisa Butler—not only because of their work and distinct vision but due to their unrelenting perseverance and passion.
Throughout 2021, a truly cross-departmental team aspired to inform and uplift, to entertain and engage—take a look at our efforts.
This lesson plan explores Bisa Butler’s work The Safety Patrol.
Take a deep dive into artworks, classroom activities, and more.
A cinquain is a five-line poem. Some forms of cinquain poetry follow specific rules regarding patterning and number of syllables per line. This activity will follow the guidelines for a didactic cinquain poem.