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NOW ON VIEW—Kemang Wa Lehulere: In All My Wildest Dreams

Artist Kemang Wa Lehulere describes his work as a “protest against forgetting,” reenacting what he calls “deleted scenes” from South African history through a masterful conflation of personal and collective storytelling. See his first American museum show, In All My Wildest Dreams—on view through January 16.

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NOW ON VIEW—A new photography rotation showcases groundbreaking Contemporary works from artists like John Baldessari, Sally Mann, Chuck Close, Barbara Kruger, among others—on view in Gallery 10 through January 2.

Image: Richard Misrach. Untitled #696–05, from series On the Beach, 2005. Gift of the artist.
Toulouse-Lautrec’s work increased the visibility of lesbians in 19th-century Paris, portraying them in a sympathetic light when prevailing perceptions were anything but favorable.

ARTicle—Looking at Toulouse-Lautrec's Lesbians Today

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#TBT Happy birthday to the Art Institute! 123 years ago today, we officially opened our doors to the public. This photo captures the Opening Day celebration, 1893.
Each year the Art Institute adds hundreds—if not thousands—of new pieces to our permanent collection. Our “Gifts to the City” celebrate these additions and the breadth and depth they contribute to the Art Institute’s holdings.

Explore one such recent acquisition—our 19th-century Chinese altar set—in the latest from ARTicle.

ARTicle—Gifts to the City

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DECEMBER 15—Discover the magic behind the popular Thorne Rooms–inspired children’s book series, The Sixty-Eight Rooms, with author Marianne Malone as she discusses her inspiration and process with the Art Institute’s keeper of the Thorne Rooms, Lindsay Mican Morgan. Free with registration.

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One of architecture’s greats is inspiring us this season. The Museum Shop’s online collection of Frank Lloyd Wright® items are adapted from his most revered designs and add a touch of sophistication to your home or office.

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CLOSING SOON—Moholy-Nagy: Future Present

The first American retrospective of László Moholy-Nagy in nearly 50 years traces the career of a multimedia artist always ahead of his time.

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SATURDAY—Love to dance? Join us for our Teen Dance Workshop! Find inspiration in the Art Institute’s collection and then celebrate the art of dance. No experience needed; just come ready to move!

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CLOSING SOON—Abstract/Object

Examine experimental works in film, photography, painting, and printed matter from the 1960s to present in a multimedia exhibition featuring Wolfgang Tillmans, Bruce Nauman, R. H. Quaytman, Mel Bochner, and Gordon Matta-Clark, among others.

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TODAY at 12:00—Local high school choirs fill the museum with songs of the season, every day at noon on the Grand Staircase, now through Friday.

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TOMORROW at 4:00—See the world premiere of “The Electric Stage” by performance collective Manual Cinema.

Manual Cinema uses vintage overhead projectors, multiple screens, puppets, actors, live camera feeds, sound design, and a live music ensemble to create immersive visual stories on stage and screen.

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A Sunday on La Grande Jatte has been among the museum’s most beloved paintings since it first entered the collection in 1926. ARTicle celebrates the birthday of Georges Seurat, with some fun facts about this pointillist masterpiece.

ARTicle—8 Fun Facts about Seurat's A Sunday on La Grande Jatte

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#TBT Ladies strike a pose in Blackstone Hall, 1909.

Demolished in 1958, the enormous two-story gallery once spanned the area between where the Asian art and Prints and Drawings galleries are today and housed over 150 plaster cast sculptures, many replicas of Greek and Roman art received as gifts from the French government.
TONIGHT at 6:00—Join us for a FREE concert performance by Text of Light, an improvisational group led by Lee Ranaldo (Sonic Youth).

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NOW OPEN—John Massey: Cartón de Venezuela

One of Chicago’s great design stories emerged from the Container Corporation of America (CCA) in the middle of the 20th century. Upon his appointment in 1964 as the CCA's head of design, Chicagoan John Massey formed a research arm, the Center for Advanced Research in Design (CARD), that enabled great creativity and innovation within a corporate...
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Manual Cinema Rehearsal at the Art Institute
DECEMBER 10—Love to dance? Join us for our Teen Dance Workshop! Find inspiration in the Art Institute’s collection and then celebrate the art of dance. No experience needed; just come ready to move!

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Happy birthday to William Adolphe Bouguereau.

Though largely forgotten today, Bouguereau was once one of the most popular painters in Europe. His realistic depictions of classical subjects made him a bastion of academic painting and also a central target of the young Impressionists who regarded his work as overly polished and conservative.

Since the rise of Modernism, Bouguereau's name has...
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