Fun with the Art Institute of Chicago

A bookshelf with hundreds of books that you cannot touch

A floor-to-ceiling shelf holding hundreds of books. Makes a beautiful backdrop. But you can’t read the books. You can’t even touch them. It’s a work of art. Oooook. I need to investigate this artwork further. During lunch I breezed through the Art Institute of Chicago. An unexpected visit on my part, because the nearby McDonalds …

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The first artwork the Art Institute acquired in 1999

The candy pile is the first artwork the Art Institute acquired in 1999. It has the reference number of 1.1999. I googled all the other years from 1879 to 2018. Yup, that’s 139 Google searches. Google totally DID NOT like me doing that many searches. Anyhow, I only came up with two more artworks: 1.2001 and …

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Ahh, here we go—I feel like I’m in the Art Institute’s Modern Wing

When you want to go to the art museum, but have to grocery shopping instead

Want to visit the Art Institute of Chicago?—but wait—you are out of yogurt. That’s the dilemma I found myself in this afternoon. I wanted to visit some fine art, but I was out of fine yogurt. Perhaps one can survive on art alone, but my body needs the protein of the Chobani Flip. Specifically Salted …

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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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