The Art Institute of Chicago, founded in 1879 and located in Chicago's Grant Park, is one of the oldest and largest art museums in the United States. Recognized for its curatorial efforts and popularity among visitors, the museum hosts approximately 1.5 million guests annually. Its collection—stewarded by 11 curatorial departments—is encyclopedic, and includes iconic works such as Georges Seurat's A Sunday on La Grande Jatte — 1884, Pablo Picasso's The Old Guitarist, Edward Hopper's Nighthawks, and Grant Wood's American Gothic. Its permanent collection of nearly 300,000 works of art is augmented by more than 30 special exhibitions mounted yearly that illuminate aspects of the collection and present cutting-edge curatorial and scientific research. As a research institution, the Art Institute also has a conservation and conservation science department, five conservation laboratories, and one of the largest art history and architecture libraries in the country—the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries. The growth of the collection has warranted multiple expansions of the museum's original 1893 building, which was constructed for the World's Columbian Exposition of the same year. The most recent expansion, the Modern Wing designed by Renzo Piano, opened in 2009 and increased the museum's footprint to nearly one million square feet, making it the second-largest art museum in the United States, after the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Art Institute is connected to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, a leading art school, making it one of the few remaining unified arts institutions in the United States. Wikipedia

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    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 museum’s permanent collection, and Kjartansson is having a “moment,” with major exhibitions underway in the United State...

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    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 history. As we close the chapter on Summer 2016, we look across the collection fo...

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    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 Iowa that was conservative and traditional, and audiences in Chicago immediately responded to this exotic, unknown world. The ...

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    It’s Robby Sexton’s first public gallery talk at the museum and you would never know that he’s nervous, but he’s been anxiously preparing for this talk for some time now. He’s giving a social media highlights tour and it’s the first the museum’s ever done, so it could cover any facet of social media and art. He’s gone through various brainstorming sessions for how to approach it—whether it should...

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