Category: Exhibitions

A Presidential Look at the Collection

A Presidential Look at the Collection

Election day is finally here and no matter how you vote, we’ll have a new president-elect before the day is through. Over the last 240 years, American presidents have provided ample artistic fodder for American artists. Here are just a few presidential examples from the museum’s collection. . . Mrs. […]

Work of the Week: Georgia O’Keeffe

Work of the Week: Georgia O’Keeffe

Georgia O’Keeffe is perhaps best known for her paintings of flowers and the American southwest, but in the mid-1920s (when she was in her late 30s), O’Keeffe painted a series of 15 cityscapes, including this image of the Shelton Hotel. When the Shelton was completed in 1924, it was the […]

Winter Is Coming

Winter Is Coming

And so it begins. Today marks the first official day of winter and according to the Farmers’ Almanac, above average snowfall is predicted for Chicago. To prepare you for the inclement weather, we wanted to take a minute to share The Winter Sun by George Gardner Symons. Symons was familiar […]

Celebrating Sargent

Celebrating Sargent

This week marks the 161st birthday of John Singer Sargent, one of the most renowned American portrait painters. Sargent’s work oscillates between realism and impressionism, lending an utterly human voice to his paintings and portraits; a voice that speaks volumes, and has spoken to me for years. I have cried […]

Work of the Week: Ndoli Jowei Mask

Work of the Week: Ndoli Jowei Mask

This mask would have been worn by a woman in the powerful, all-female Sande society, a group in Sierra Leone through which many women were educated and exercised their political, religious, and social power. The society provided members with a lifelong network and also was an important sponsor of masquerades, […]

Chinese New Year at the Art Institute

Chinese New Year at the Art Institute

It’s Chinese New Year at the Art Institute! We’re celebrating with nearly a month of special programming and events, making this the fifth year the museum has commemorated the most significant holiday in China and much of Asia. The festivities began in 2012 when the museum’s Thorne Miniature Rooms keeper […]