Posts in category "Art Institute of Chicago"

Chicago temporarily becomes cowboy country at Lyric Opera

Chicago temporarily becomes cowboy country at Lyric Opera
Some operas and plays have obvious villains. Méphistophélès in Faust is literally the devil; Hansel and Gretel features a witch who has no qualms about baking children in her oven; and Salome has any number of options, from the bloodthirsty Salome herself to Herod to Herod’s wife. The villain of Oklahoma! — at the Lyric Opera in Chicago through May 19... Read more »

Did Chicago's Art Institute really show Picasso first?

Walking downtown or riding the “L,” it’s hard to avoid signs advertising “Picasso and Chicago,” the major exhibit which is on view at the Art Institute of Chicago through May 12. When it promotes the exhibit, the Art Institute refers often to its early adoption of Picasso’s work. “A century ago, in 1913, the Art... Read more »

5 reasons reporters shouldn't be fawning over new Art Institute mobile app yet

The Art Institute of Chicago has launched a new mobile application and outfitted its galleries with WIFI. For those who go to world class art museums, like the Art Institute, hoping to remain tethered to, rather than liberated from, their technologies, this is surely something to Tweet and Facebook about. That’s also been the unified... Read more »
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Dry Jewish Humor Informs Irving Penn's Photos (on view at Art Institute of Chicago)

Iving Penn. ‘Underfoot’ exhibit view. Photo/Menachem Wecker Irving Penn’s photographic series depicting gum caked to the pavement and discarded matches and cigarettes offers a unique perspective on urban life. The 36 photos in the series “Underfoot” (1999–2001), which are on view at the Art Institute of Chicago as part of “Irving Penn: Underfoot,” portray larger-than-life... Read more »

Picasso's (sort of) R-rated 'David and Bathsheba'

Picasso's (sort of) R-rated 'David and Bathsheba'
If there’s one thing one can say about David’s role in his 2 Samuel 11 encounter with Bathsheba it’s that he is absolutely conspicuous. No matter how chaotic and large scale a depiction of the scene a painter undertakes, the king is easy to spot. He’s the leering, dirty old man gazing down from the... Read more »

SLIDESHOW: Marc Chagall's 'Four Seasons' in Chicago

SLIDESHOW: Marc Chagall's 'Four Seasons' in Chicago
Marc Chagall’s mosaic Four Seasons in Chicago, which is permanently installed outdoors in Chase Tower plaza, or Exelon plaza — the rectangular area bounded by Clark, Dearborn, Madison, and Monroe streets — is packed with symbolism. Those who are familiar with the works of the Russian Jewish artist, Chagall (1887 – 1985), particularly White Crucifixion (1938) which can be... Read more »
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"I don't trust Prince Charles' [architectural] judgment," Chicago Art Institute architect tells BBC

"I don't trust Prince Charles' [architectural] judgment," Chicago Art Institute architect tells BBC
“Today I’m at the Shard, London’s new, 300-meter tall building, which now dominates its skyline. Its designer, Renzo Piano, is my guest today,” began Sarah Montague on the February 5, 2013, edition of the BBC’s program HARDtalk. “He’s one of the world’s most accomplished and fated architects, and one used to dividing opinion.” Piano, 75,... Read more »

George Grosz's 'Anti-Semite' headed to London Jewish gallery

George Grosz's 'Anti-Semite' headed to London Jewish gallery
If one knew nothing more about German-born artist George Grosz (1893-1959) than his undated pen-ink-drawing at the Art Institute of Chicago titled German War Decorations (one of 25 pieces by the artist in the AIC collection), one might guess that Grosz was glorifying Nazism. The illustration, which offers a still-life view of Nazi-German medals, has... Read more »

2 typos at the Art Institute of Chicago

2 typos at the Art Institute of Chicago
It’s easy to wander the halls of a museum — particularly a world-class comprehensive one like the Art Institute of Chicago — convinced that the masters whose works are represented on the walls were perfect. After all, when every blade of grass and every hair has been so carefully rendered, with painstaking attention to the... Read more »
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