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Work of the Week: American Gothic

Work of the Week: American Gothic

Grant Wood’s American Gothic was an instant hit when it was shown at the Art Institute in 1930 (shortly after it was painted), but who would have guessed that it would become one of the most famous and parodied paintings in the world? Wood depicted a version of his native […]

Sound and Vision: End of Summer

Sound and Vision: End of Summer

Our Sound and Vision series matches songs from around the world with our encyclopedic collection. Think of it as our recommended playlist as you stroll the galleries. Today marks the official end of summer. Equinoxes and solstices are festive occasions in cultures around the world and have inspired artists throughout […]

A Lot of Time in A Lot of Sorrow

A Lot of Time in A Lot of Sorrow

Earlier this year, I took up residence in the Donna and Howard Stone Gallery for Film, Video, and New Media, where A Lot of Sorrow, the collaboration between Ragnar Kjartansson and The National is currently on view.  My reasons for doing so were manifold. The work is new to the […]

Unveiling the Masters

Unveiling the Masters

Suzanne Folds McCullagh, extraordinary drawings connoisseur and curator of early works on paper at the Art Institute for the past 40 years, has recently retired. But her deep love of the collection has brought her back to curate an exquisite exhibition marking the Prints and Drawings Department’s achievements over the […]

Insider’s Look: Michael Mitchell

Insider’s Look: Michael Mitchell

As the Art Institute’s Associate Director of Volunteer Programs, Michael Mitchell manages hundreds of volunteers who do everything from manning the 15 information desks across the museum to helping out with family programs in the Ryan Learning Center to working behind the scenes in curatorial departments on research and translation. […]

A Buddhist Odyssey through Japan

A Buddhist Odyssey through Japan

A small gem of an exhibition that will leave you pondering your place in the world has less than a month to run. The Shogun’s World: Japanese Maps of the 18th and 19th Centuries features the MacLean Collection, a private Illinois collection of 40,000 maps from Asia and beyond. In every […]

Flashback: The Lions and the Cubs, 1984

Flashback: The Lions and the Cubs, 1984

October 2, 1984 was a good day for Chicago Cubs fans. Thousands in Chicago were expected to take the day off to see Game 1 of the National League Championship Series against the San Diego Padres. When the Cubs shut out the Padres 13–0 at Wrigley Field, team spirit in […]

Work of the Week: Ivan Albright

Work of the Week: Ivan Albright

In the lead up to Halloween, it feels appropriate to feature the work of Ivan Albright, a mid-20th-century artist known for his particularly macabre imagery. And although he is most famous for painting the eponymous work in the 1945 movie The Picture of Dorian Gray, he referred to this painting, […]