From popular Rembrandt masterpieces to recent works by lesser-known artists, the Art Institute of Chicago houses one of the ... More
The Art Institute of Chicago
From popular Rembrandt masterpieces to recent works by lesser-known artists, the Art Institute of Chicago houses one of the finest art collections in the world. Spanning centuries of human creativity, exhibits include a distinguished collection of prints and drawings, an internationally acclaimed collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings, sculptures, photographs, Asian, African and American arts, architectural drawings, textiles and more. Many pieces are on loan from the famed Terra Foundation for American Art. Educational programs and guided museum tours are available. Art books, reproductions, postcards and other items are available in the museum shop. Free public lectures are given during weekends.
I'm very jaded when it comes to this museum. As I studied weaving and fiber at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago. It is one of my favorite places of all time. My favorite painting is, "At the Moulon Rouge," by Toulouse Lautrec. There is an exhibit of his work there now. I can't say enough good things. There are so many wonderful areas to choose from. If you like architecture, come to Chicago. Take in the entire downtown area, and mke sure to visit the Art Institute of Chicago.
The Art Institute of Chicago in Chicago, Il. is one of the finest art museums in the world. They have a extensive collection of impressionist & post-impressionist paintings. You can spend a whole day & more just visiting this this museum. I recommend this institute to everyone who visits the Windy City.
The museum is very well organized, has beautiful art from all over the world, very busy spot, good for families with educated children as well. Also has a very good restaurant inside its own courtyard. Worth it!
I attended the 1st "Art + " program this season: "Dancer Loie Fuller in the Time of Lautrec" on 9/29/05. It was FABULOUS! Not only was the history of Loie Fuller cleverly staged and presented by Mary Sue Glasser, the dancing was so wonderful, it received a standing ovation. MOMENTA, the resident dance company based in Oak Park and directed by Stephanie Clemens, provided two exceptional dancers to perform. Mary Kelly-Kren was a wonderfully dramatic Loie Fuller in "Fire Dance" and Julia Haptonstahl, with her red hair and high kicking, was in perfect character as LaGoulue. The costumes and lighting added to the feel of authenticity. My friends and I were impressed that the researcher, Jessica Lindberg, who re-created the "Fire Dance" was flown in to give some very interesting background information which set the stage for the performances. The Lautrec exhibition is top-notch anyway and the addition of this kind of programming was a real treat! Kudos to Glasser, and Kathleen Burnett and their staff for a most memorable evening!! Chicago art patrons are fortunate to have the Art Institute in their own backyard!!
I'm no world traveller, though someday I would like to be, but this is one of my favorite places to be. Surrounded by my favortie thing on earth, art, this collasal museum contains countless masters' works and a great variety of styles. If you are a fan of Monet they have a whole gallery dedicated to his work, and Picasso lovers will also have their itch scratched within the AIC's walls. They even have a section for the young in age or the young art heart, or those who are new to the wonderful world of art. Tuesdays are free.
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