Fun with the Art Institute of Chicago

Chicago Bean looking a little bit like a John Singer Sargent painting

Merging a John Singer Sargent painting with the Chicago Bean

The John Singer Sargent exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago is closing this weekend. Thankfully my brother informed me of that this morning. Now that I work within walking distance of the Art Institute, I wanted to take full advantage of being able to hop right in. What a joy it is to take …

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Kirk Vuillemot: Art Institute of Chicago Assistant Conservator for Preparation and Framing

Kirk Vuillemot, the Art Institute’s framemaker

Frame conservation. Picking the right frame to match artwork from centuries ago. The Art Institute of Chicago has an employee with the title of Assistant Conservator for Preparation and Framing. Kirk Vuillemot has been restoring and creating frames for the museum since 1986. The Art Institute’s asked him five questions in their post post, “Meet …

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Jeff Mermelstein Book in Mouth

7 reasons why the Art Institute of Chicago should display “Book in Mouth”

Of the 18,4888 photos archived in the Art Institute of Chicago’s collection, are there any you’d like to see displayed in the museum? This one by Jeff Mermelstein would be a good one: “Book in Mouth, New York City” Photographed in 1993. Acquired in 2002. This photo is currently not on display. 7 reasons why the …

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Top ten photographers at the Art Institute of Chicago

What photos would you like to see on display at the Art Institute of Chicago?

Tucked away in the Art Institute’s archives are thousands of wonderful photos. 18,488 to be exact. Whoa! You can explore these 18,488 photos on the Art Institute’s online collection. Are there any photos you’d like to see displayed at the Art Institute of Chicago? How do you even begin to start tackling 18,488 photos? That’s …

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Modern art matched with Star Wars

Star Wars meets the Art Institute of Chicago

Two monumental cultural events are about to happen in the same week: Star Wars is releasing episode VII: The Force Awakens The Art Institute is about to exhibit their largest donation of artwork ever. 44 monumental modern artworks were donated to the Art Institute. These pieces are so massively impressive in the course of art …

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The eleven napkins of the Art Institute of Chicago

The 11 napkins in the Art Institute of Chicago’s collection

The fine art of napkins. Art that you can wipe your mouth with. The Art Institute currently has 11 napkins in their permanent collection. The height of the napkin collecting craze occured from 1983 to 1996. Nine of the eleven napkins were folded into the Art Institute collection during this 13-year span. (the other two …

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Getting hammered at the Art Institute of Chicago

Get inside the artwork at the Art Institute of Chicago #GetInsideTheArtInstituteofChicago

Ever want to get inside the artwork at an art museum? Now you can! Several people on Instagram and Flickr have demonstrate how they interact with artworks in museums. These seven methods are collected under the hashtag, #GetInsideTheArtInstituteofChicago. A clever pun that says both “Get inside the artwork” and “Get inside the Museum” as it …

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artinstitutechi collection results

4,715 artworks currently on display at the Art Institute of Chicago

Two years ago the Art Institute of Chicago had 3,976 artworks on display. Now they have 4,715 on display. The Art Institute has a great website that shows their entire collection. You can even search for which artworks are on display or not. By simply going to the “advanced search” section and clicking the “on …

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White-out monster in front of Art Institute of Chicago

Goal: Have one of my artworks officially on display in a major art museum

The opportunity: The Art Institute of Chicago was asking for “surrealist objects” last week as a promotion for the current Magritte exhibit. The objects will be selected by the curator of the Magritte show and will be displayed in the Art Institute’s Modern Wing for one day. I created a surrealist object and submitted it …

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White-out monster talks about why Wrigley Building

Secrets behind origin of Wrigley Building design revealed by mythical artist

Many of Chicago’s iconic buildings are white today, because of an unknown artist working today. This artist has managed to keep his identity relatively unknown for the past hundreds of years. He’s also managed to stay alive for the past hundreds of years because… he’s monster. This mythical creature regularly visits the city of Chicago …

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