The Art Institute of Chicago, located just down the street from The Chicago Athletic Association, holds one of the world’s greatest collections of art. From impressionist to Asian and photography to modern, the museum offers more than you can see in a day. In fact, the collection holds more than 300,000 permanent pieces in eight buildings across one million square feet. Each year, the Art Institute holds many exhibits, lectures, performances and events each year, adding to the viewing options. Here are just a few of the fantastic things happening at the museum now.
Charles Ray: Sculpture 1997-2014 – You still have a little time to catch this collection of 19 life-sized (and larger!) pieces from the famed Chicago-born sculptor in the first major showing of his work since 1998. Find it in the Modern Wing and in the South Garden. Closes October 4th, 2015.
Making Place: The Architecture of David Adjaye — British-based David Adjaye is one of the world’s fast-emerging “starchitects.” This exhibit is the first major museum collection to showcase Adjaye’s work. His 50-plus buildings around the world gain inspiration from local issues, civic concerns and history to create firmly rooted modern structures. And he’s supposedly a contender to design the Obama library. In the Modern Wing through January 3rd, 2016.
Gates of the Lord: The Tradition of Krishna Paintings — This newly opened exhibit showcases more than 100 paintings from private collections in India and the U.S. that highlight the visual culture of Hindu denomination Pushtimarg. In Regenstein Hall through January 3rd, 2016.
Degas: At the Track, On the Stage — View a number of paintings on loan by one of the greatest impressionist painters. This collection shows Degas’ interest in figures in motion, specifically at the racetrack and the ballet. Find these in Gallery 240 in the Impressionism section on the second floor of the main building through February 2016.