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Exhibition: Benjamin Patterson: When Elephants Fight, It Is the Frogs That Suffer—A Sonic Graffiti
Through 10/20/2019 (more information)
Benjamin Patterson
How Frogs Change the World, 2012
A collage by Benjamin Patterson made of wind-up frogs, artificial lotus flowers, and a deco lady bird on a blue background
Courtesy of Benjamin Patterson Estate © 2019
How Frogs Change the World, 2012
An American Mercantile Building in Yokohama (Yokohama ijin shokan no zu), 1861
Exhibition: The Idea of America in 19th-Century Japanese Prints
Through 09/15/2019 (more information)
Utagawa Sadahide
An American Mercantile Building in Yokohama (Yokohama ijin shokan no zu), 1861
A work made of color woodblock print; oban triptych
Eliza Douglas in rehearsal for Anne Imhof’s Sex, 2019
Exhibition: Anne Imhof: Sex
05/30/2019–07/07/2019 (more information)
Anne Imhof
Eliza Douglas in rehearsal for Anne Imhof’s Sex, 2019
Photo by Nadine Fraczkowski. Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Buchholz, Berlin/Cologne/New York.
Exhibition: Manet and Modern Beauty
05/26/2019–09/08/2019 (more information)
Édouard Manet
Jeanne (Spring), 1881
The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angele
Jeanne (Spring), 1881
Summer Sales Quickly Reached, 1925
Exhibition: Everyone’s Art Gallery: Posters of the London Underground
05/25/2019–09/05/2019 (more information)
Mary Koop. Printed by Dangerfield Printing Company Limited
Summer Sales Quickly Reached, 1925
Exhibition: Room to Move
Through 12/31/2019 (more information)
Room to Move
A concept sketch by School of the Art Institute of Chicago undergraduate and exhibition design intern Juan Arango Palacios, who contributed to the development of the space’s design and interactive zones.
Room to Move
Exhibition: Christien Meindertsma: Everything Connects
Exhibition: Christien Meindertsma: Everything Connects
Through 10/20/2019 (more information)
Christien Meindertsma
Exhibition: The People Shall Govern! Medu Art Ensemble and the Anti-Apartheid Poster
Through 09/02/2019 (more information)
Medu Art Ensemble (Judy A. Seidman)
A black, white, and orange poster with the words "...and the people vote for Nelson Mandela." …and the people vote for Nelson Mandela, 1981
Gift of Artworkers Retirement Society. © Medu Art Ensemble
A black, white, and orange poster with the words "...and the people vote for Nelson Mandela." …and the people vote for Nelson Mandela, 1981
Gargoyle, Chrysler Building, 1930/32
Exhibition: PHOTOGRAPHY + PHOTOGRAPHY Iconic: Photographs from the Robin and Sandy Stuart Collection
Through 08/04/2019 (more information)
Margaret Bourke-White
Gargoyle, Chrysler Building, 1930/32
Collection of Robin and Sandy Stuart. © Estate of Margaret Bourke-White / Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY

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Exhibition: Gregg Bordowitz:
I Wanna Be Well

Through 07/14/2019 (more information)
Gregg Bordowitz
I Wanna Be Well
video
I Wanna Be Well
Mantle (detail), 100 BC/AD 200
Exhibition: Super/Natural: Textiles of the Andes
02/23/2019–06/16/2019 (more information)
Paracas
Mantle (detail), 100 BC/AD 200
Embroidered on a black textile is a human figure holding a pampas cat has a snake-like creature coming from its mouth.
Exhibition: Hans Haacke: Gift Horse
10/05/2018–07/14/2019 (more information)
Hans Haacke
Gift Horse, 2014
© Hans Haacke / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Courtesy of the artist and Paula Cooper Gallery, New York.
Gift Horse, 2014
Exhibition: Ornamental Traditions: Jewelry from Bukhara
Through 10/16/2019 (more information)
Bukhara, Uzbekistan
Qur’an Carrying Case, 1890 or 1891
Promised gift of Barbara and David Kipper
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Mission and History

Mission
The Art Institute of Chicago collects, preserves, and interprets works of art of the highest quality, representing the world’s diverse artistic traditions, for the inspiration and education of the public and in accordance with our profession’s highest ethical standards and practices.

Historical Overview
The Art Institute of Chicago was founded as both a museum and school for the fine arts in 1879, a critical era in the history of Chicago as civic energies were devoted to rebuilding the metropolis that had been destroyed by the Great Fire of 1871. Its first collections consisting primarily of plaster casts, the Art Institute found its permanent home in 1893, when it moved into a building, constructed jointly with the city of Chicago for the World's Columbian Exposition, at the intersection of Michigan Avenue and Adams Street. That building, its entry flanked by the two famous bronze lions, remains the "front door" of the museum even today. In keeping with the academic origins of the institution, a research library was constructed in 1901; eight major expansions for gallery and administrative space have followed, with the latest being the Modern Wing, which opened in 2009. The permanent collection has grown from plaster casts to nearly 300,000 works of art in fields ranging from Chinese bronzes to contemporary design and from textiles to installation art. Together, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the museum of the Art Institute of Chicago are now internationally recognized as two of the leading fine-arts institutions in the United States.

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Exhibitions

Benjamin Patterson: When Elephants Fight, It Is the Frogs That Suffer—A Sonic Graffiti
Through Oct 20, 2019
(more information)

The Idea of America in 19th-Century Japanese Prints
Through Sep 15, 2019
(more information)

Anne Imhof: Sex
May 30–Jul 7, 2019
(more information)

Manet and Modern Beauty
May 26–Sep 8, 2019
(more information)

Everyone’s Art Gallery: Posters of the London Underground
May 25–Sep 5, 2019
(more information)

Room to Move
Through December 31, 2019
(more information)

Christien Meindertsma: Everything Connects
Through Oct 20, 2019
(more information)

The People Shall Govern! Medu Art Ensemble and the Anti-Apartheid Poster
Through Sep 2, 2019
(more information)

PHOTOGRAPHY + PHOTOGRAPHY Iconic: Photographs from the Robin and Sandy Stuart Collection
Through Aug 4, 2019
(more information)

Gregg Bordowitz: I Wanna Be Well
Through July 14, 2019
(more information)

Hans Haacke: Gift Horse
October 5, 2018–July 14, 2019
(more information)

Ornamental Traditions: Jewelry from Bukhara
Through Oct. 30, 2019
(more information)

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