Free Admission to Art Institute of Chicago – Dec 17

Are you downtown this Thursday Dec 17th doing some holiday shopping?  Maybe a visitor in town?  Then swing by the Art Institute  as every Thursday night is free admission night (5:00 to 8:00) at the Art Institute of Chicago (this free museum night is sponsored by Target).

Come check out the The Art Institute of Chicago on December 17th — one of America’s premier fine art museums and free on Thursdays. Located adjacent to the Loop and Chicago’s Grant Park, the Art Institute has one of the world’s most notable collections of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art, but as an encyclopedic museum, its permanent collection also includes a diverse range of works from around the world and from throughout history. Significant holdings include Old Master works, American art, European and American decorative arts, Asian art and modern and contemporary art. It is located at 111 South Michigan Avenue and was the third most popular cultural attraction in Chicago in 2006-8.

Check out one of their current exhibitions:art_institute_of_chicago

Heart and Soul: Art from Coretta Scott King Award Books, 2006–2009

November 21, 2009–April 18, 2010
Gallery 10 and Ryan Education Center

Overview: The hearts and souls of musicians and poets, great feats of bravery and risk, and spiritual uplift are some of the memorable messages portrayed in this collection of picture books. Heart and Soul features original illustrations by artists who have won the Coretta Scott King Award or Honor Award, presented annually to recognize the contributions of African American illustrators and authors whose stories promote an understanding and appreciation of the culture of all peoples and their contributions to the American dream. The winners are selected by the Coretta Scott King Committee of the American Library Association’s Ethnic Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table
Playing with Pictures: The Art of Victorian Photocollage

October 10, 2009–January 3, 2010

Collage is commonly thought of as a modern art form, but the act of “playing with pictures” has a long, rich, and surprising history. Sixty years ahead of the avant-garde—and more than a century before Photoshop—aristocratic Victorian women were already experimenting with photocollage. This world-premiere exhibition is the first to comprehensively examine this little-known phenomenon, presenting many eye-opening works that have rarely—and in many cases never—before been displayed or reproduced. See Playing with Pictures at the Art Institute before it travels to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto. It might change the way you look at the Victorian age.

Museum Hours
(Free Admission 5:00–8:00)

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