Category: Work of Art

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 […]

Connecting Picture Books to the Art Museum

Connecting Picture Books to the Art Museum

November is National Family Literacy Month, a time to celebrate multiple generations coming together to learn. While we often associate literacy with reading, visual literacy is also an important skill that families can develop together. The museum is a wonderful place for family learning and developing visual literacy—it happens when […]

Gifts to the City

Gifts to the City

At the end of every year, the Art Institute celebrates its “Gifts to the City”—the most recent acquisitions to the collection. You might not realize that each year we add hundreds—if not thousands—of new pieces to the museum’s permanent collection and they’re often added without much fanfare. So we take […]

Eight Nights of Thorne Room Wonder

Eight Nights of Thorne Room Wonder

Every November, the Art Institute unveils a select group of our Thorne Miniature Rooms decked out with period-appropriate holiday decor. Most of the decorated rooms feature intricate displays of miniature sweets and tableware meant to impress and delight. One room, however, could almost be overlooked if it weren’t for the […]

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, […]

Computers Enhancing Peak Performances for Athletes

Computers Enhancing Peak Performances for Athletes

With advancements in technology, many athletes are turning to computers to improve their performances on the field. Golfing is a highly complex sport, one in which the slightest change or adjustment can radically alter one’s performance. So many things can go wrong with a golfer’s swing that dissecting their performance […]