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In this video series, Art Institute staff share their favorite works from the collection along with personal stories and insights.

Finding Meaning in a Medieval Reliquary with Cybele Tom

Former objects conservator Cybele Tom reflects on the work she would most like to bring home from the museum—a treasured reliquary.

Designing for Pig Parts with Zoë Ryan

Former chair and curator of Architecture and Design Zoë Ryan shares one of her most beloved objects in the collection—a book by designer Christien Meindertsma that encourages us to think critically about how and why objects come into being.

Manipulating Reality through Victorian Photocollage with Liz Siegel

Curator of Photography Liz Siegel dives into an object full of subtle surprises—a photocollage by Lady Filmer that presents both a self-portrait and an imagined reality for the artist.

Art You Can’t Hold in Your Hands with Jordan Carter

Jordan Carter, associate curator, Modern and Contemporary Art, talks about the first artwork he installed at the museum—a piece of conceptual art by Daniel Buren that exists outside of traditional exhibition spaces.

Rembrandt and the Desire for Human Connection with Sam Ramos

Sam Ramos, associate director of innovation and creativity, tells viewers about an artwork he loves—a painting by Rembrandt—and explains why he might be afraid to have the artist create his portrait.

Art That Expresses the Inner World with Costa Petridis

Costa Petridis, chair and curator of Arts of Africa, reflects on an artwork that makes the invisible visible—a drawing by Belgian artist Fernand Khnopff.


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