Category: art/culture

Art Institute creates "Masterpiece" for 2017 gala

Elizabeth and Michael Cole.
The Art Institute of Chicago transformed the museum’s Modern Wing, its galleries of early American Art and the Chase Promenade in Millennium Park to welcome more than 400 guests to a most elegant black-tie gala on May 6 – Masterpiece17. With the support of the Board of Trustees and Woman’s Board, gala co-chairs Meredith Bluhm-Wolf... Read more »

SAIC presents art and fashion on the runway

Ana Kim design
The room was filled with electricity as over 500 fashionistas, art lovers and supporters gathered around a packed runway at Venue Six10 at the Spertus Institute to witness art and fashion on display presented by 20 of Chicago‘s emerging designers. And they did not disappoint! Students from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s... Read more »

Woman's History Month: The designer behind the iconic Playboy Bunny costume

Woman's History Month: The designer behind the iconic Playboy Bunny costume
Zelda Wynn Valdes was an influential African American fashion designer perhaps best known for helping to create the iconic Playboy Bunny costume. She grew up in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania where she began her professional career working in her uncle’s White Plains, New York tailoring shop.  Around the same time, Valdes began working as a stock girl... Read more »

Chicago Tribune photographer, Yvette Dostatni, featured in TIME Magazine

Chicago Tribune photographer, Yvette Dostatni, featured in TIME Magazine
It’s not every day that a friend gets profiled by TIME Magazine, but that is exactly what happened to local photographer Yvette Dostatni! She was chosen as one of only 28 photographers to be featured in its recent article, “Discover the Unsung American Female Photographers of the Past Century“! Yvette is a Chicago native who... Read more »

Art Institute's Van Gogh Gala: Sunflowers and a bedroom in Arles

Decor conceived by Laurie Bay in collaboration with John Hensel of HMR Designs.
The Old Masters Society hosted an opening night gala to celebrate the Art Institute of Chicago’s latest exhibition, Van Gogh’s Bedrooms. Curated by Gloria Groom (Chairman of the Dept. of European Paintings & Sculpture), the exhibition is the first ever dedicated to Vincent van Gogh’s Bedroom paintings, considered the most famous bedroom depicted in art.... Read more »

Chinese American Service League hosts "Winter Night Chic"

Chinese American Service League hosts "Winter Night Chic"
Rustic glamour and sweeping skyline views, supercharged celebrity tweets and chic VIP lounges—Join the Chinese American Service League (CASL) at Winter Night Chic on Friday, December 4!  With DJ Aileen Tie setting the mood up in the Skyline Loft at the Bridgeport Art Center (1200 W. 35th St.), network with your guests, corporate leaders, and... Read more »

MCA benefit art auction largest in Museum's 48 year history

A view of the striped dining tent created by HMR Designs.
Can you imagine walking into the renowned Museum of Contemporary Art’s galleries and seeing breathtaking artwork hanging on the walls that you can TAKE HOME?! Well, that was exactly what happened for the MCA’s annual benefit art auction for those lucky guests with extra coins in their pockets. More than 500 attended this event that... Read more »

MCA's Vernissage: EXPO Chicago's opening night bash

Tony Karman, Michelle Boone, Madeleine Grysntjen and Mac MacLellan.
EXPO CHICAGO and The MCA’s Vernissage welcomed more than 7,000 guests on opening night of this world renowned art fair, now in its 4th year. EXPO CHICAGO presented artwork from 140 leading galleries, representing 16 countries and 47 cities from around the world, and included EXPOSURE—a section that afforded younger galleries the opportunity to participate... Read more »

Build/Rebuild Benefit: A letter from the president; music by Frankie Knuckles and a who's who from Chicago and beyond

Rebuild Foundation founder Theaster Gates, Jr. (R) and CEO Ken Stewart.
More than 150 art world influencers, artists, community leaders, philanthropists, and cultural leaders gathered on Chicago’s South Side in celebration of the Rebuild Foundation’s inaugural, by-invite-only, BUILD/REBUILD Benefit. Established by Theaster Gates Jr. in 2010 and overseen by CEO Ken Stewart, the Rebuild Foundation welcomed guests to a private viewing of the newly restored Stony... Read more »

Lyric Opera's Opening Night Gala: Always an elegant affair

Renee Fleming and Tim Jessell
The Women’s Board of the world-renowned Lyric Opera of Chicago, led by event co-chairs Mrs. Nancy Crown and Mrs. Caryn Harris, hosted the 61st annual Opening Night Gala on September 26. This always-elegant evening began with red carpet arrivals outside the Civic Opera House before more than 3000 guests entered the theatre to enjoy Mozart’s... Read more »