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.

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  • Artist Talk: Nick Mauss

    Wednesday, September 30, 2015 Society of Contemporary Art New York-based artist Nick Mauss offered a talk on his diverse artistic practice. Avoiding didactic subjects in favor of creating a dream-like world of intricate marks and motifs, the artist is primarily known as a skilled draftsman. Mauss has developed an overarching, fluid sensibility that extends beyond two-dimensional media. For a New ...

  • Artist Talk: Jennie C. Jones

    Wednesday, October 28, 2015 Society of Contemporary Art Brooklyn-based artist Jennie C. Jones gave a lecture on several of her current projects. Jones creates paintings, sculptures, sound art, and works on paper that fuse Minimalism’s self-contained forms with avant-garde music, especially experimental jazz and recordings by African American composers. She explains, “I attempt a merger of art his...

  • Artist Talk: Samson Young

    Wednesday, April 6, 2016 Society of Contemporary Art Hong-Kong-based sound and multimedia artist Samson Young discussed his ongoing project For Whom The Bell Tolls: A Journey Into the Sonic History of Conflict, the result of a sixty-day journey spanning five continents. Whether from an old tower in London or across the quad of a university campus in South Carolina, bells have traditionally called...

  • Artist Talk: “Date with an Update—Current See” by Karl Wirsum

    Wednesday, January 14, 2015 Society of Contemporary Art Chicago-based Karl Wirsum gave a lecture for the Society for Contemporary Art entitled “Date with an Update: Current See.” As an original member of the Hairy Who in the early 1960s, Wirsum was a major figure in what is referred to as Chicago Imagism. He developed a signature style that melded a graphic sensibility—vivid, flat colors, cartoon...

  • Hélio Oiticica: To Organize Delirium

    The first U.S. retrospective of the Brazilian artist's achievements traces his career from early works influenced by European Modernism to large-scale installations meant to be experienced. For more info: http://www.artic.edu/exhibition/h-lio-oiticica-organize-delirium

  • Lecture: Sérgio B. Martins on Hélio Oiticica

    In the first of a series of lectures presented 2/1/17 in association with the exhibition "Hélio Oiticica: To Organize Delirium," critic and art historian Sérgio B. Martins discusses Brazilian art from the 1940s-70s. For his lecture, titled “Each One Must be Vanguard: Hélio Oiticica’s Shifting Utopias”, he addresses the genesis of Oiticica’s avant-garde practice, especially his involvement in the T...

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  • Sneak Peek: Hélio Oiticica

    Opening on Friday to the public, Hélio Oiticica: To Organize Delirium is the first U.S. retrospective for arguably the most influential Latin American artist of the post-World War II period. Oiticica is known for always pushing the boundaries of traditional art, and the exhibition spans everything from the artist's early works on paper (some made while he was still a teenager!) to large-scale ins...

  • Recent Acquisitions Build on History

    “Will you join in the battle to give every citizen the full equality which God enjoins and the law requires, whatever his belief, or race, or the color of his skin? Will you join in the battle to give every citizen an escape from the crushing weight of poverty? . . . Will you join in the battle to build the Great Society, to prove that our material progress is only the foundation on which we will...

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  • Kemang Wa Lehulere: In All My Wildest Dreams

    While installing his exhibition "Kemang Wa Lehulere: In All My WIldest Dreams" at the Art Institute (on view until January 16) , the South African artist took a few moments to discuss his work and process. This "focus" exhibition is the first American museum show devoted to his work. Internationally recognized for his masterful conflation of personal and collective storytelling, Wa Lehulere reenac...

  • Artist Talk: Darren Bader

    Darren Bader’s work has been explained as “beautiful and fun in unconventional, brain-twisting ways.” Working with a lyrical absurdity in a space between sculpture, writing, and curating, New York–based Darren Bader’s mercurial practice takes a wide variety of forms. His humorous and playful installations are often made up of contrasting, seemingly incompatible objects that challenge concepts of p...

  • Artist Talk: Charles Ray

    On May 14, 2015, celebrated sculptor Charles Ray spoke about work he produced over the past two decades on view at the Art Institute of Chicago in the exhibition "Charles Ray: Sculpture, 1997–2014." The first major exhibition since a mid-career retrospective in 1998, Charles Ray picks up where the prior exhibition left off to include 21 works made by the artist in the last two decades, presenting ...

  • The Taller de Gráfica Popular: An Interview with Adolfo Mexiac

    Founded in 1937, the Taller de Gráfica Popular (TGP) emerged and evolved in the crucible of antifascist and leftist politics in Mexico in the period surrounding World War II and became the most influential and enduring progressive printmaking collective of its time. In this video interview, artist Adolfo Mexiac, a latecomer to the TGP, provides an insider's glimpse into the working process of the ...

  • Kemang Wa Lehulere: A Profile of the Artist

    While installing his exhibition "Kemang Wa Lehulere: In All My WIldest Dreams" at the Art Institute (now open), the South African artist took a few moments to discuss his work and process. This "focus" exhibition is the first American museum show devoted to his work. Internationally recognized for his masterful conflation of personal and collective storytelling, Wa Lehulere reenacts what he calls ...

  • Lecture: Barkley Hendricks

    This lecture was presented on October 19, 2016, for the Society for Contemporary Art (SCA). Since the 1960s, Barkley L. Hendricks has explored issues of race, gender, and identity through bold, life-sized portraits, primarily of African Americans. He elevates images of his neighbors, family, friends, and acquaintances into an empowered iconic status by emphasizing their unique style, attitude, and...

  • Lecture: Tanya Sheehan—A Matter of Public Health

    On May 26, 2016, as part of the American Art Up Close lecture series, Tanya Sheehan from Colby College addressed public health and medical care in urban America as depicted in modernist Jacob Lawrence’s art from the 1930s to the 1950s. Lawrence’s images of black doctors asked who could treat the sick as well as how and where such care should be provided. His paintings of crowded waiting rooms in ...

  • American Art Up Close Lecture: Elizabeth Lee

    March 24, 2016 American Art Up Close Lecture Series: Augustus Saint-Gaudens, American Sculptor in a Transatlantic Age

  • A Glimpse of "Moholy-Nagy: Future Present"

    Get a look into work by László Moholy-Nagy (American, born Hungary, 1895–1946). The first retrospective of his work in the United States in nearly 50 years, "Moholy-Nagy: Future Present" traces the career of a multimedia artist who was always ahead of his time. Learn more: http://www.artic.edu/exhibition/are-you-modern-moholy-nagy

  • Artist Talk: Laurie Simmons

    Laurie Simmons is a key figure in a circle of New York artists that made photography their exclusive means of expression in the late 1970s. For decades she has staged playful yet anxiety-provoking photographs of human surrogates populating a dollhouse world rife with longing, regret, and crises of identity. This talk occurred on 9/20/2016. Presented by the Society for Contemporary Art

  • Art Institute of Chicago Official Mobile App

    Find the art that speaks to you with our location-aware map. Take an audio tour and immerse yourself in stories of culture and creativity. The Art Institute offers nearly a million square feet to explore—the New Mobile Experience will be your guide. Download it now from the App Store. https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/art-institute-chicago-official/id1130366814?ls=1&mt=8

  • Video Postcard: Archibald Motley, Jr.'s "Saturday Night"

    Curator Judy Barter takes a close look at one of Archibald Motley, Jr."s paintings set in Bronzeville in the 1930s. It is on view until September 18 in the exhibition "America after the Fall: Painting in the 1930s."

  • Video Postcard: Helen Lundeberg's "Double Portrait of the Artist in Time"

    Curator Judy Barter takes a close look at a painting by American Surrealist Helen Lundeberg, on view through September 18 in the exhibition "America after the Fall." Learn more: http://www.artic.edu/exhibition/america-after-fall-painting-1930s

  • JourneyMaker at the Art Institute of Chicago

    Make your family visit to the Art Institute a fun-filled adventure—fly through the galleries like a superhero; travel back, or forward, in time; or discover strange and wondrous beasts. Visit the museum's Ryan Learning Center or start your museum adventure at home with JourneyMaker, an innovative new digital interactive that empowers you to create your own one-of-a-kind adventure with works of art...

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  • 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 Lindsay Mican Morgan started decorating the Chinese Interior with items such as fireworks and...

  • 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, which were performed to mark significant events in society, such as funerals, visits fro...

  • 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 in front of every John Singer Sargent painting I’ve ever seen. I studied Madame Pierre Gau...

  • A Look Back at 2016

    2016 was an exciting year for the Art Institute, and we wanted to take a moment to reflect back on some of the highlights of the past year: Exhibitions spanned the years and the globe, showcasing everything from fine paintings to fine jewelry. Van Gogh’s Bedrooms brought together the three versions of The Bedroom for the first time in North America, examining their creation and their significance...

  • 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 tiny candleholder and curious objects scattered on the rug. This room, our C...

  • 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 with midwestern winters—he grew up in Chicago and attended the School of the Art Institute. He traveled exten...

  • Looking at Toulouse-Lautrec's Lesbians Today

    In Gallery 242, there is a small but remarkable collection of works by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec showcasing the artist’s portrayal of Parisian lesbian subculture of the late 19th century, which often revolved around some of the artist’s favorite subjects: bars, brothels, and theaters. Not only are these works notable for their clever allusions to self-fashioning, fashionable pets, and safe spaces...

  • 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 this time to celebrate these additions and the breadth and depth they contribute to the Art In...

  • Happy Birthday, Georges Seurat!

    Happy Birthday, Georges Seurat! Today marks the 157th anniversary of Georges Seurat’s birth. Seurat is best known—by far—for the Art Institute’s iconic painting A Sunday on La Grande Jatte, so in honor of this day we wanted to share 8 fun facts about Seurat and the making of this pointillist masterpiece: Seurat attended art school—Paris’s prestigious École des Beaux-Arts—for just a year and a ha...

  • Behind the Scenes with Conservation Science

    The narrative of conservation is well known—a piece is obscured or damaged or aged, and conservators work to get it back to its original state (or as close as it can get to its original state). It’s part of the magic of museums—making the impossible possible. But there’s a first step to the process. You can’t dive into a piece of art and start working its elements to get it back into shape; you h...

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

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

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

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  • From URL to IRL: Robby Sexton

    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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