ArtSlant - Museums en-us 40 The Art Institute of Chicago, 111 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60603 <p>The Art Institute of Chicago collects, preserves, and interprets works of art of the highest quality, representing the world's diverse artistic traditions, for the inspiration and education of the public and in accordance with our profession's highest ethical standards and practices.</p> Wed, 01 Jan 2014 16:32:30 +0000 Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St., Chicago, IL 60602 <p>As one of the most comprehensive free arts showcases in the United States, this landmark building is the setting for hundreds of programs and exhibitions presented annually by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs. Through collaborative programming, admission-free exhibitions and programs covering a wide range of the performing, visual, and literary arts are presented on practically every day of the year.</p> <p></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="" style="border: 1px solid;" height="140" /></p> <p>Designed in the beaux-arts style by the Boston firm Shepley, Rutan and Coolidge, the Chicago Cultural Center was completed in 1897 and dedicated as the city's original Chicago Public Library. Completed at a cost of nearly $2 million, this remarkable monument was inspired by the neo-classical style of the World's Columbian Exposition held in Chicago in 1893.</p> <p>Wheelchair accessible at 77 E. Randolph</p> Sun, 13 Apr 2014 08:19:06 +0000 Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60614 <p>The Chicago History Museum stands at the crossroads of America’s past and its future. If you live in Chicago or visit here and are curious about the city’s past, present, and future, the Museum should be your first stop.</p> <p>The Chicago History Museum cares for, showcases, and interprets millions of authentic pieces of Chicago and U.S. history. Our ability to illuminate the past is a reminder of what really happened once upon a time, sheds light on the present, and compellingly informs the future.</p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 17:54:01 +0000 DePaul Art Museum, 935 W. Fullerton, Chicago, IL 60614 <p>The DePaul University Art Museum extends the institution’s commitments to excellence, diversity and social concerns through innovative exhibitions, programs, and events that analyze the variety and depth of artistic expression. The Museum acquires, preserves and displays the University’s diverse and growing collection of works of art. Its exhibitions, programs and collections engage the wide expertise represented in the University’s community of knowledge, giving visible and accessible form to the intellectual and creative work of faculty and students through collaborative exploration of cultural production. For the DePaul community and for wider audiences the gallery serves as a laboratory for the exploration of innovative approaches to art and culture.</p> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 14:26:23 +0000 DuSable Museum of African American History, 740 East 56th Place , Chicago, IL 60637 <p>In 1961, a diverse group of Chicago artists and educators, including Margaret and Charles Burroughs, set out to correct the apparent institutionalized omission of black history and culture in the education establishment by founding a museum committed to that purpose. The Ebony Museum of Negro History and Art was begun in the former home of south side contractor John Griffin that was converted into the Quincy Club and later served as a boarding home for railroad workers before becoming the Burroughs home.</p> <p>In 1968, the museum was renamed after Jean Baptist Pointe DuSable, a Haitian fur trader who was the first permanent settler in Chicago. In 1971, the Chicago Park District granted the museum&rsquo;s request to use a former park administration building in Washington Park. The museum became the city&rsquo;s principal memorial to Jean Baptiste Pointe DuSable and the eighth member of the consortium of museums on Park District land. In 1993, the museum opened a new wing bearing the name of the late Mayor Harold Washington that included additional gallery space on two floors and a 450-seat theatre.</p> <p>Last year DuSable Museum completed major structural improvements to its facilities and upgrades including installation of a new computer LAN, improved security and HVAC systems, restoration of the original Daniel Burnham-designed north entrance, and a redesigned Trading Post museum store that were enabled by a special $3 million capital grant from the State of Illinois. Long range plans are currently focused on accreditation by the American Association of Museums and acquiring the Park District roundhouse to the south to expand museum facilities to include additional galleries, curatorial and education storage, and conservation facilities.</p> <p>The DuSable Museum remains a community institution dedicated to serving the cultural and educational needs of our members. Our research, curatorial and educational divisions are committed to listening and responding to these needs, as well as the ever-increasing demands of art and cultural historians nationwide.</p> <p>The DuSable Museum of African American History is the first museum of its type in the country and is the only major independent institution in Chicago established to preserve and interpret the historical experiences and achievements of AfricanAmericans.</p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 09:46:19 +0000 Elmhurst Art Museum, 150 Cottage Hill Avenue, Elmhurst , IL 60126 <p>Exhibiting late 20<sup>th</sup> and 21<sup>st</sup> Century American Contemporary Art, EAM offers exhibitions ranging from national touring works to local emerging and mid-career <st1:city>Chicago</st1:city> and <st1:place><st1:state>Illinois</st1:state></st1:place> artists.  The AIA award winning building was designed around McCormick House, one of only three Ludwig Mies van der Rohe designed residences.  EAM’s mission is to enrich the lives of its visitors by broadening their knowledge, increasing their sensitivity to the fine arts, and sparking the development of their own creative talents.  Fifteen miles west of <st1:city><st1:place>Chicago</st1:place></st1:city> and adjacent to the Metra West train line, the Museum offers public tours, programs, guest lectures, and art classes. </p> Sun, 13 Apr 2014 08:27:01 +0000 The Field Museum, 1400 S. Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL <p><br /><br /><br /><span style="font-family: Verdana,Verdana,Verdana,Swiss,SunSans-Regular; color: #666600;"><strong>Founding</strong></span><span style="font-family: Verdana,Verdana,Verdana,Swiss,SunSans-Regular;"><br /><img src="" align="right" height="132" hspace="10" vspace="5" />The Field Museum was incorporated in the State of Illinois on September 16, 1893 as the Columbian Museum of Chicago with its purpose the "accumulation and dissemination of knowledge, and the preservation and exhibition of objects illustrating art, archaeology, science and history." In 1905, the Museum's name was changed to Field Museum of Natural History to honor the Museum's first major benefactor, Marshall Field, and to better reflect its focus on the natural sciences. In 1921 the Museum moved from its original location in Jackson Park to its present site on Chicago Park District property near downtown where it is part of a lakefront Museum Campus that includes the John G. Shedd Aquarium and the Adler Planetarium. These three institutions are regarded as among the finest of their kind in the world and together attract more visits annually than any comparable site in Chicago.</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: Verdana,Verdana,Verdana,Swiss,SunSans-Regular; color: #666600;"><strong>Collections</strong></span><span style="font-family: Verdana,Verdana,Verdana,Swiss,SunSans-Regular;"><br /><img src="" align="right" height="132" hspace="10" vspace="10" />The Field Museum was founded to house the biological and anthropological collections assembled for the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893. These objects form the core of the Museum's collections which have grown through world-wide expeditions, exchange, purchase, and gifts to more than twenty million specimens. The collections form the foundation of the Museum's exhibition, research and education programs, which are further informed by a world-class natural history library of more than 250,000 volumes.</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: Verdana,Verdana,Verdana,Swiss,SunSans-Regular; color: #666600;"><strong>Public Learning</strong></span><span style="font-family: Verdana,Verdana,Verdana,Swiss,SunSans-Regular;"><br /><img src="" align="right" height="188" hspace="10" vspace="10" />As an educational institution the Field Museum offers multiple opportunities for both informal and more structured public learning. Exhibits remain the primary means of informal education, but throughout its history the Museum has supplemented this approach with innovative educational programs. The Harris Loan Program, for example, begun in 1912, provides educational outreach to children, bringing artifacts, specimens, audiovisual materials, and activity kits to Chicago area schools. The Department of Education, begun in 1922, offers a changing program of classes, lectures, field trips, museum overnights and special events for families, adults and children. Professional symposia and lectures, such as the annual A. Watson Armour III Spring Symposium, presents the latest scientific results to the international scientific community as well as the public at large.</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: Verdana,Verdana,Verdana,Swiss,SunSans-Regular; color: #666600;"><strong>Research</strong></span><span style="font-family: Verdana,Verdana,Verdana,Swiss,SunSans-Regular;"><br /><img src="" align="right" height="188" hspace="10" vspace="10" />The Museum's curatorial and scientific staff in the departments of Anthropology, Biology, Geology, and Zoology conducts basic research in the fields of systematic biology and anthropology, and also has responsibility for collections management, and collaboration in public programs with the Departments of Education and Exhibits. Since its founding the Field Museum has been an international leader in evolutionary biology and paleontology, and archaeology and ethnography, and has long maintained close links, including joint teaching, students, seminars, with local universities - particularly the University of Chicago and the University of Illinois at Chicago.</span></p> Sat, 01 Dec 2012 10:52:13 +0000 Illinois State Museum Chicago Gallery, 100 W. Randolph, Suite 2-100, Chicago, IL 60601 <p>The Illinois State Museum promotes discovery, learning, and an appreciation of Illinois’ natural, cultural, and artistic heritage.  The Museum’s extensive collections and research activities provide the foundation for exhibitions and public programs that tell the story of the land, life, people, and art of Illinois. The Illinois State Museum is headquartered in Springfield with branch facilities throughout the state.  Use the links to the side to find information about current and upcoming exhibits, public programs, and other events at all of the Museum’s sites.<em><strong></strong></em></p> Mon, 11 Feb 2013 07:25:41 +0000 Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 500 East Peabody Drive, Champaign, Illinois 61820 <p>Krannert Art Museum and Kinkead Pavilion is a catalyst in the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the extended community to support interdisciplinary collaboration and the synthesis of knowledge for the benefit of current and future generations. The museum is a cultural destination and a virtual presence that strives to enrich the human experience by inviting visitors to make connections through the visual arts between the past and present, between what is understood and what is unknown.</p> <p class="style1">The museum fulfills its mission by:<br /><br /></p> <ul> <li class="style1">acquiring, preserving, exhibiting, researching, and interpreting its collection of art from world cultures from ancient times to present day;</li> </ul> <p> </p> <ul> <li class="style1">exhibiting diverse and contemporary artists, embracing new media and technologies, and supporting emerging artists and the creative process;</li> <li class="style1">actively engaging a diverse range of audiences, including students, faculty, and local and broader communities; and</li> <li class="style1">programming activities that encourage and inspire lifelong learning, contemplation, and a passion for understanding.</li> <li class="style1"></li> <li class="style1">Krannert Art Museum, located on the campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a unit within the College of Fine and Applied Arts, opened its doors in 1961, establishing a permanent home for the University's existing collection of fine art.</li> </ul> <p>In 1988 a new wing was dedicated, the Kinkead Pavilion, nearly doubling the building's size to 48,000 square feet and making Krannert Art Museum the second largest art museum in the state of Illinois.</p> <p>A significant part of the Museum's permanent collection of 9,000 works of art is displayed in ten galleries, ranging from ancient Egyptian art to contemporary photographs.</p> <p>A significant part of the Museum's permanent collection of 9,000 works of art is displayed in ten galleries, ranging from ancient Egyptian art to contemporary photographs.</p> <p>In addition, the Museum presents 12-15 changing exhibitions each year, bringing works of art from other museums and collections, both nationally and internationally, to the community.<br /> <br /> Educating the public about a range of art from all periods, and providing an instructional laboratory for students and instructors, continue to drive the Museum's collection vision.</p> <p>The Museum was designed by architect Ambrose Richardson in a style reminiscent of the late work of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. An addition to the Museum was completed in 1988. This addition, the Kinkead Pavilion, was the creation of architect Larry Booth and Associates. The building incorporates neo-Egyptian decorative elements in an overall post-Modernist design.</p> <p>Krannert Art Museum serves a wide and varied audience - including the faculty, staff and students of the University of Illinois, the Urbana and Champaign communities, and the people of Central Illinois. Partnerships and collaborations with schools, community groups, campus units and individuals allow the Museum staff and programs to serve, engage and involve this wide audience of over 132,000 visitors annually.</p> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 14:05:58 +0000 Loyola University Museum of Art (LUMA), 820 North Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60611 <p class="MsoNormal"><span>The Loyola University Museum of Art (LUMA) was founded in 2005 on the Water Tower Campus of Loyola University Chicago. LUMA is located on the Magnificent Mile at the Water Tower in Lewis Towers, an historic 1927 Gothic Revival building. The museum with 35,000 sq. feet contains eight exhibition main galleries, the William G. and Marilyn M. Simpson Lecture Hall, the Solomon Cordwell Buenz Library of Sacred Art and Architecture and the Museum Store, the Push Pin Gallery and the Harlan J. Berk Ltd. Works on Paper Gallery. LUMA welcomes new members and volunteers at all levels of participation. </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">The mission of the museum is illustrated and introduced in the first floor lobby with the Windows of Faith representing the five major world faiths of Hinduism, Judaism, Buddhism, Christianity, and Islam.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>The museum operates as part of the educational mission of the University and is a 501(c)3 cultural institution receiving public and private support and with an elected board of advisors.</span></p> <p><input id="gwProxy" type="hidden" /><input onclick="jsCall();" id="jsProxy" type="hidden" /></p> <div id="refHTML"></div> Sun, 13 Apr 2014 09:03:59 +0000 Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, 40 Arts Circle Drive , Evanston, IL 60208 <p>The Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, is dedicated to the exhibition and study of reproducible art forms such as prints, photographs, film and video and to their capacity to reach and transform society.</p> <p>The Block mounts several exhibitions a year, organizes discussions, workshops and lectures with artists and scholars and screens contemporary and classic films at Block Cinema. The Museum's permanent collection includes significant historical and contemporary prints, drawings and photographs by such artists as Albrecht Dürer, William Hogarth, Honoré Daumier, Max Beckmann, Jasper Johns, Andy Warhol, Kiki Smith and Sue Coe. Portions of the Block's collection are <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">searchable online</a>.</p> Wed, 25 Dec 2013 14:57:24 +0000 Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA), 220 East Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60611 <p>About the MCA</p> <p>One of the nation's largest facilities devoted to the art of our time, the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) offers exhibitions of the most thought-provoking art created since 1945. The MCA documents contemporary visual culture through painting, sculpture, photography, video and film, and performance. Located in the heart of downtown Chicago, the MCA boasts a gift store, bookstore, restaurant, 300-seat theater, and a terraced sculpture garden with a great view of Lake Michigan.</p> <p><strong>Mission Statement</strong> <br />The mission of the MCA is to be an innovative and compelling center of contemporary art where the public can directly experience the work and ideas of living artists, and understand the historical, social, and cultural context of the art of our time.</p> <p>The Museum boldly interweaves exhibitions, performances, collections, and educational programs to excite, challenge, and illuminate our visitors and to provide insight into the creative process.</p> <p>The MCA aspires to engage a broad and diverse audience, create a sense of community and be a place for contemplation, stimulation, and discussion about contemporary art and culture.</p> Wed, 01 Jan 2014 17:36:50 +0000 Museum of Contemporary Photography, Columbia College Chicago, 600 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60605 <p><strong>The Museum of Contemporary Photography (MoCP) is the only museum in the Midwest with an exclusive commitment to the medium of photography. By presenting projects and exhibitions that embrace a wide range of contemporary aesthetics and technologies, the Museum strives to communicate the value and significance of photographic images as expressions of human thought, imagination, and creativity.</strong></p> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 14:47:31 +0000 National Museum of Mexican Art, 1852 West 19th St., Chicago, IL 60608 <p>The National Museum of Mexican Art is the largest Latino cultural organization in the country and the only Latino museum accredited by the American Association of Museums.&nbsp; For more than two decades, the Museum has presented a vast range of educational exhibitions that have continued to offer a vibrant and comprehensive picture of Mexico's art and history, and of Mexican communities in the U.S. Our understanding that Mexican culture is &ldquo;<em>sin fronteras</em>&rdquo; (without borders) guides our exhibition schedule and permits us to display artistic expressions from both sides of the border. From ancient Mesoamerican civilizations to contemporary artistic movements, the Visual Arts Department has a longstanding history of producing original exhibitions with <em>first-voice </em>scholarship. 15 of the exhibitions organized by the Museum have traveled across the U.S. and Mexico to other museums. All of the exhibitions we have presented over the years have interpreted our history and culture in order to preserve the knowledge and stimulate appreciation of the Mexican culture.</p> Sat, 15 Feb 2014 21:28:17 +0000 The Oriental Institute at University of Chicago, 1155 East 58th Street, Chicago, IL 60649 <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: 'andale mono', times; color: #4a4448; font-size: small;">The Oriental Institute Museum is a world-renowned showcase for the history, art, and archaeology of the ancient Near East. The museum displays objects recovered by Oriental Institute excavations in permanent galleries devoted to ancient Egypt, Nubia, Persia, Mesopotamia, Syria, Anatolia, and the ancient site of Megiddo, as well as rotating special exhibits including the mummy and artifacts of Merasamun, an Egyptian Musician-Priestess from the temple of Amun.</span></p> Mon, 07 Oct 2013 14:26:04 +0000 Renaissance Society, 5811 S. Ellis Avenue, Chicago, IL 60637 <p>Located on the campus of the University of Chicago, Bergman Gallery, Cobb Hall 418</p> <p> </p> <p>Founded in 1915, The Society's mission is to encourage the growth and understanding of contemporary art through exhibitions, publications, and events.</p> <p>The Society presents art seldom seen in the midwest, giving the public opportunities to investigate the most recent developments in contemporary art.  At the same time, the museum is equally committed to fostering the development of Chicago's own rich artistic resources.</p> <p>All programs are guided by the goal of maintaining The Society's integrity as one of the finest resources of vanguard art in the nation.</p> <p> </p> <p>Susanne Ghez</p> Sun, 20 Jan 2013 23:42:37 +0000