Fun with the Art Institute of Chicago

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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Painting restoration of Gustave Caillebotte’s “Paris Street; Rainy Day”

The Art Institute of Chicago recently “restored” Gustave Caillebotte’s painting, “Paris Street; Rainy Day” (1877) Wow, the umbrellas are really blue now. They almost feel like alien hovercrafts. Perhaps Gustave Caillebotte was predicting an alien invasion on the streets of Paris. Compare the before and after side-by-side: What do you think of the restoration? Did …

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iPhone app: A Closer Look in the Art Institute of Chicago

The Art Institute released an app that explores nine artworks on display in the modern wing. Each artwork has several mini factoids and videos uncovering specific details about the background behind the work. The free app, “A Closer Look in the Art Institute of Chicago,” is a move in the right direction for the Art …

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Clothespin artist of 1994 influences the creation of spudart

The clothespin artist stands at the front steps of the Art Institute of Chicago in the summer of 1994. My fellow college freshman friends and I approach this man selling clothespin necklaces and tshirts with simple clothespin silhouettes. While signing free xerox prints of clothespins, he teaches us the meaning of clothespin art. People can …

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