Chicago's Museums 2013: New Exhibits for Spring

Chicago's Museums 2013: New Exhibits for Spring

Today, Show Me Chicago goes back to the present. The past two days we have been looking back, first to 1963, then all the way back to 1913.  Today, we look ahead to Spring (hopefully) 2013 and what’s hot at Chicago’s world class museums.

CPS students, as well as students almost everywhere, have this week off.  So, if you are in town and looking for some inside activities, Chicago’s Museums may just be the place to get started.  Here are some the new exhibitions that are popping up for spring:

The Field Museum

“Scenes from the Stone Age: The Cave Paintings of Lascaux”

The Caveman survives…In September 1940, four teenagers stumbled across engravings of animals in a cave in southern France. Little did they know they’d discovered priceless works from our early ancestors more than 20,000 years ago. The exhibit features a monumental re-creation of the cave with full-size replicas of the artwork, including some never-before-seen paintings. Continuing through September 8, 2013.

“Creatures of Light: Nature’s Bioluminescence”

Explore the mysterious world of creatures that blink, glow, flash and flicker, from glowworms to illuminated deep-sea fish.  Continuing through September 8, 2013

The Art Institute of Chicago

“Tradition Transformed: Late Roman and Early Byzantine Treasures from the British Museum”

In November 2012, the Art Institute of Chicago celebrated the opening of the new Mary and Michael Jaharis Galleries of Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Art with a special presentation of late Roman and early Byzantine treasures from the British Museum. This exhibition features more than 35 incomparable examples of late antique and early Byzantine art produced between A.D. 330-700 in the period’s great cultural capitals, including Rome, Constantinople, and Alexandria. Continuing through August 2013.

“Picasso and Chicago”

Picasso and Chicago tells the story of the unique 100-year relationship between the artist and the city. It documents the development of Picasso’s career alongside the growth of Chicago’s collections and cultural institutions. The exhibit brings together over 250 of the finest examples of the artist’s paintings, sculpture, prints, drawings and ceramics. Continuing through May 12, 2013.

“Impressionism, Fashion & Modernity”

Although this show doesn’t open until June, mark your calendars as it’s going to be a huge.  The exhibition, five years in the making, is currently drawing crowds and rave reviews at Newaicfashion York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art.  Travel back to 1860-1880s France to see the worlds of art and fashion collide through nearly 80 major figure paintings, portraits, photographs, advertisements and contemporary costumes. Opens June 26 – September 22.

Chicago History Museum

“Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair”

Relive the experience of the Ebony Fashion Fair, as garments from Oscar de la Renta, Christian Dior and more tell the story of this world-renowned fashion show. Continuing through January 5, 2014.

Shedd Aquarium

“Stingray Touch”

You still have a few weeks to wait for what looks like another amazing exhibit from the Shedd Aquarium.   “Stingray Touch” offers guests the opportunity to explore the underwater grace and wonder of stingrays in a new hands-on special exhibit. The outdoor seasonal exhibit will allow guests to see – and feel – the texture and movement of these gentle gliding animals. April 27 – Fall 2013.

Museum of Science & Industry

“Animals Inside Out”

Why go? For the opportunity to view giant animals from the creator of Body Worlds. You can just look or dig deeper to explore the inner workings of some of the world’s most impressive animals and learn about their intricate beauty, biology and physiology. This exhibit, from anatomist Dr. Gunther von Hagens—inventor of Plastination science (and creator of Body Worlds) is making its U.S. premiere at MSI now through September 2, 2013.

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