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Does a Museum Visit Really Require Homework?

Lev Raphael | Posted 11.25.2014 | Arts
Lev Raphael

In a world drenched with 24/7 information, what's wrong with just experiencing art for yourself? Who says you have to "study up?" Museum exhibitions are designed to inform. You don't need to arm yourself in advance as if you're going into hazardous territory, you don't need to do homework.

Visit Chicago's Worst Museums

The Second City Network | Posted 12.14.2014 | Chicago
The Second City Network

Though the city easily deserves the top spot in the rankings, a fair number of Chicago museums deserve to round out the bottom. Here's a sampling of the least popular museums Chicago has to offer.

Branding and the Girl in the Yellow Dress

Jan Folkertsma Schichtel | Posted 12.01.2014 | Business
Jan Folkertsma Schichtel

In the annals of branding, the Morton Salt Girl is a monumental achievement. She's been tweaked from time to time over the past century, but the company has wisely retained and respected her widely recognized identity.

EXPO/CHICAGO 2014, an Artistic and Commercial Success

Sugar Rautbord | Posted 11.23.2014 | Arts
Sugar Rautbord

Alvaro Alcazar of his eponymous gallery in Madrid uttered, "As soon as I saw who was coming into my gallery space at Thursday's opening, I knew I was at the right fair."

If You Only Have a Weekend in Chicago, Do This, Eat Here and Don't Go to Bed Early

Erin Ruberry | Posted 06.15.2014 | Travel
Erin Ruberry

When you only have one weekend to explore a new city, it's important to make every moment count -- but at the same time, you don't want to run yourself ragged. So when you have just 48 hours in Chicago, let this be your guide to a fun-filled (and delicious!) weekend.

Art Institute President Douglas Druick Talks Art and Life on The Interview Show

Mark Bazer | Posted 05.13.2014 | Arts
Mark Bazer

Douglas Druick, the Art Institute of Chicago's president and director, visited The Interview Show to talk about the museum, his "eureka" experiences with art and the best time of day to look at paintings.

Top 10 U.S. Museum Shows 2014

Simon Watson | Posted 04.19.2014 | Arts
Simon Watson

Friends from four continents planning visits to the U.S. have asked me what upcoming museum shows are likely to be must-sees. Here's my current list of these shows, which happen to feature an unusually strong selection of work by women.

Magritte at MoMA: Mystery of the Ordinary

Liena Vayzman | Posted 03.19.2014 | Arts
Liena Vayzman

Magritte's paintings, while traditional in technique (often oil on canvas), are innovative and witty in concept. Doubling, fragmentation, displacement, and irrational juxtapositions are his favored strategies.

5 Things Not to Miss at the Art and Appetite Show

Jeannie Boutelle | Posted 02.28.2014 | Chicago
Jeannie Boutelle

The exhibit documents 250 years of food production in the U.S. and is jam-packed with paintings, menus, books and recipes. Creating and producing the show took over four years, so there is plenty to see and uncover in an afternoon.

Windy City Happening: Art Institute of Chicago Masked Ball (PHOTOS)

Justin Barbin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Chicago
Justin Barbin

Surrealist artist Rene Magritte's paintings came to life in Chicago as the The Auxiliary Board of the Art Institute of Chicago celebrated its 40th anniversary with its Nothing Is As It Appears masked ball.

September: Chicago at Its Best

Edward Goldman | Posted 12.08.2013 | Arts
Edward Goldman

Chicago is notorious for its less than perfect weather, which changes, seemingly, every few minutes. Two weeks ago, the very moment my plane landed ...

America's Top Museums Ranked In New Poll

Posted 07.01.2013 | Chicago

The iconic bronze lions who guard the main entrance of Chicago's Art Institute now have one more reason to be proud. The Art Institute of Chicago h...

Democratizing Art

Ben Rosen | Posted 06.25.2013 | Business
Ben Rosen

So, the best music in the world performed by the best performers can be easily and inexpensively enjoyed and owned by anyone anywhere. Not so in the visual arts.

PHOTOS: Art Institute Lions Show Their Blackhawks Pride

Posted 06.12.2013 | Chicago

The Art Institute of Chicago got into the spirit of the Stanley Cup finals Wednesday by decking out the bronze lions guarding their Michigan Avenue en...

On Painting and Rome: Interview With Jackie Saccoccio

Ridley Howard | Posted 07.03.2013 | Arts
Ridley Howard

Jackie Saccoccio was born in Providence, RI, and received her MFA from The Art Institute of Chicago in 1988. She is currently living and working at the American Academy in Rome, along with her husband and current Fellow Carl D'Alvia.

Picasso And Chicago

AP | By CARYN ROUSSEAU | Posted 02.19.2013 | Arts

CHICAGO -- A century after the Art Institute of Chicago became the first American museum to show work by Pablo Picasso, the institution is celebrating...

Dan Kiley: A great yet little known Modernist

Charles A. Birnbaum | Posted 04.12.2013 | Arts
Charles A. Birnbaum

In his later years, you could find Dan Kiley with his wild hair and pants hiked up to his waist always brimming with opinions and ideas - or as the ce...

Higher Fees On Deck For 2 Major Chicago Museums

Posted 01.16.2013 | Chicago

A dose of culture from two of Chicago's most popular museums may soon cost a few bucks more. In first round approval Wednesday morning, a Chicago P...

New Exhibition By 'Power 100' Artist And Filmmaker

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 11.20.2012 | Arts

A large-scale exhibition of works by filmmaker and visual artist Steve McQueen debuts at the Art Institute of Chicago this weekend. The solo show mark...

The Gang Has Arrived

Posted 10.10.2012 | Chicago

The office of Chicago-based Studio Gang Architects recently made its debut at The Art Institute of Chicago--but not as designers--as the exhibition. ...

The Art Institute Of Chicago More Than Doubles Its Famed Rubloff Paperweight Collection

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 11.26.2012 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

Paperweights? Yes, paperweights! If you can't really envision what they are (or why), you are in luck. The Art Institute of Chicago which houses one of the largest paperweight collections in the world, is more than doubling its collection.

As MOCA's Money Woes Simmer, A Look at How Major Museums' Finances Work

ARTINFO | Posted 09.24.2012 | Arts
ARTINFO

In the wake of chief curator Paul Schimmel's controversial departure from L.A. MOCA, various stories have swirled about the museum, its dire financial...

Making the Best of the "Blockbuster"

MutualArt | Posted 08.21.2012 | Arts
MutualArt

Should exhibitions cater to the masses with monolithic shows featuring blue-chip artists and a shiny new line of gift shop merchandise, or should they present a novel intellectual and aesthetic experience?

Famed Sports Painter LeRoy Neiman Dies

AP | Posted 08.20.2012 | Arts

NEW YORK (AP) — In a June 21 story about the death of artist LeRoy Neiman, The Associated Press incorrectly reported the amount of money Neiman had ...

The Other King Of Pop

Posted 05.22.2012 | Arts

The largest exhibition of Roy Lichtenstein's work to date will be traveling to a number of museums in the U.S. and Europe this summer. First stop: the...