CLOSING SOON—"Abstract Experiments: Latin American Art on Paper after 1950"

During the mid-20th century, Latin American artists were active in the evolving international discourse on modernity, at a time of industrial expansion and political transformation in South America.

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Image: Wifredo Arcay. Untitled, 1953. Viviane Van Leer Kellermann Fund. © Atelier Arcay.
CLOSING SOON—"Abstract Experiments: Latin American Art on Paper after 1950"
"First of all, thanks are due to any artist canny enough to situate an orange juice machine in the middle of an installation. Second of all, kudos to the institution brave enough to accede to that artist's wishes."

The Chicago Tribune reviews "Hélio Oiticica: To Organize Delirium," on view at the Art Institute through May 7.
First of all thanks are due to any artist canny enough to

Helio Oiticica's show is sensory overload, in all the best ways

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Grethel Bayro
Jim Colleran
Lauren Mann
#TBT Night view of the Art Institute from the Illinois Central Railroad, 1939.
TBT Night view of the Art Institute from the Illinois Central Railroad 1939
June Gwalthney
Patrick Lenehan
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CLOSING SUNDAY—“Natural Allusions”

For Chinese painters, images of plants and animals could convey human aspirations, seasonal themes, or wishes for well-being and good fortune.

See 17th- and 18th-century handscrolls reflecting a variety of artistic traditions and round, handled fans made for wealthy and fashionable men and women of 19th-century Shanghai.

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CLOSING SUNDAY—“Takuma Nakahira: Circulation”

In the fall of 1971, Japanese photographer and cultural critic Takuma Nakahira took part in the Paris Biennale. He brought no existing work but instead created from scratch a visionary photo-performance titled “Circulation.” Every day for one week, Nakahira strolled the streets of Paris, taking pictures with a handheld camera; every evening the...
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Walker Black Johnny
Marion Plank
"I was a sex tape for halloween (part 4)” by Ryann Slauson

Our exhibition "Go" explores the different ways artists responded to life in the accelerated modern age. In collaboration with Steve Roggenbuck (The Yolo Pages, MACRO), the Art Institute invites new media artists and internet poets to respond to themes explored in the exhibition, using the hashtag #GoInternetPoems.

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NOW ON VIEW—“Têtes-paysage” (Heads-landscape) belongs to Francis Picabia’s “Transparency” series, a group of works so named for the artist’s use of multilayered, transparent images. These works draw on mythology, religion, and conventions of beauty and, in their blending of the unexpected, project a distinctly Surrealist sensibility. Picabia derived his simultaneous, nonhierarchical use of...
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NOW ON VIEWTêtespaysage Headslandscape belongs to Francis Picabias Transparency
Kathy Miller
THURSDAY at 6:00—Conversation: The Gathering—Outlaw as Hero

Join the discussion, part of an ongoing forum-style conversation series. Free with registration.

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Image: Hélio Oiticica with P8 Parangolé Cape 5, Homage to Mangueira (P8 Parangolé capa 5, Homenagem à Mangueira, 1965) at the Whitechapel Gallery, London, 1969. César and Claudio Oiticica Collection, Rio de...
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CLOSING SUNDAY—"Provoke: Photography in Japan between Protest and Performance, 1960–1975"

Our exhibition “Provoke” places the achievements of some of the most influential artists of the sixties counterculture in Japan alongside photographs and photobooks from the country's political protest movement of that time.

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CLOSING SUNDAYProvoke Photography in Japan between Protest and Performance 19601975
THURSDAY at 6:00—Artist Talk: Peter Fischli with Ann Goldstein

Marking the opening of “Fischli/Weiss: Snowman” on the Bluhm Family Terrace, artist Peter Fischli joins us to discuss his work with Ann Goldstein, Deputy Director of the Art Institute and Chair and Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art. Free to Illinois residents or with museum admission.

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Happy birthday to Willem de Kooning!

De Kooning once said “I paint the way I do because I can keep on putting more and more things in—like drama, pain, anger, love, a figure, a horse, my ideas of space.” He took an image of women working in a rice field as his point of departure for "Excavation." The hooked, calligraphic lines define anatomical parts—from bird and fish shapes to human noses,...
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Happy birthday to Willem de Kooning De Kooning once said I paint
Lafah Sulala Knightingale
D Craig Wasson
Ellen Dibble
CLOSING IN TWO WEEKS—“Hélio Oiticica: To Organize Delirium”

The Art Institute presents the first U.S. retrospective of this groundbreaking Brazilian artist, a relentless innovator always pushing the boundaries of art and arguably the most influential Latin American artist of the post–World War II period.

Visitors are invited to take off their shoes and walk through immersive sand-filled...
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Vickey Kline
Kennon Reinard
Nancy Goldenberg
THURSDAY at 6:00—Conversation: The Gathering—Outlaw as Hero

The Gathering conversation series invites artists and cultural leaders to engage in forum-style discussions about the impact of art on public life. Join us as we examine how creative action can disrupt institutional spaces, expanding beyond museum walls into urban landscapes.

Free to Illinois residents or with museum admission;...
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The Art Institute’s Grand Staircase was built in 1910 and serves as the central intersection of the museum’s main building.

More than a century later, well over 100 million people have taken the Grand Staircase on their own journeys through our encyclopedic collection.
Steve Leonardo
Bob Strang
Heather Sullivan
The Poser Tour: Real-Life Stories of Models in American Art
Joan Black
Stuart Morle
Noah Mann-Engel
THURSDAY at 6:00—Artist Talk: Peter Fischli with Ann Goldstein

Artist Peter Fischli discusses the installation of work by Fischli/Weiss on the Bluhm Family Terrace, with Ann Goldstein, Deputy Director of the Art Institute and the Chair and Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art.

Free to Illinois residents or with museum admission.

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“If you have any notion of where you are going, you will never get anywhere.“

Happy birthday to Joan Miró. See 15 works by the Spanish Surrealist—now on view in the Modern Wing: [ Bit.ly Link ]

Image: Joan Miró. The Policeman, 1925. Bequest of Claire Zeisler. © 2016 Successió Miró / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris.
“If you have any notion of where you are going you will never get anywhere“
Debi Muniz
Amy Leininger Robinson
Sandra J Rowe
#TBT Tomorrow marks Queen Elizabeth II’s 91st birthday. On July 5, 1959, the Art Institute welcomed the Queen and Prince Philip for a special visit. A sign outside the museum read “Closed all day for the visit of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.”

In addition to visiting the museum, the Queen’s busy itinerary included two processions down Michigan Avenue, visits to the Museum of Science and...
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TBT Tomorrow marks Queen Elizabeth IIs 91st birthday On July 5 1959
Susan Friend
Alice Solovy
Barry Berg
TONIGHT at 6:00—Renowned performance artists Eiko and Koma present solo performances in the Modern Wing.

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This event is free to Illinois residents or with museum admission and complements the exhibition “Provoke: Photography in Japan between Protest and Performance, 1960–75.”
TONIGHT at 600Renowned performance artists Eiko and Koma present solo performances in
NOW ON VIEW—“Whistler’s Mother: An American Icon Returns to Chicago”

In addition to the American icon at the center of this focused installation, approximately 25 objects tell the story of the staggering cultural impact and critical response Whistler’s work provoked in popular culture.

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NOW ON VIEW—“Whistler’s Mother: An American Icon Returns to Chicago”
Mary Jo Armstrong
Marcia Gorra
Rosanne Mastroianni