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Ann Goldstein, deputy director of the Art Institute of Chicago

The Art Institute of Chicago has announced the appointment of Ann Goldstein as its deputy director. She will be the institute’s curator for modern and contemporary art. This appointment was a priority for the new director Rondeau who declared: “Ann joins us to lead one department and to bolster efforts to realise our larger strategic goals — global modern and contemporary art, and Asian art, from antiquity to the present… Our mission embraces the global past, the global present, and the global future.” Ann Goldstein has headed many projects as a curator in Los Angeles, Amsterdam and Chicago. Specialised in minimal and conceptual art from the 1960s to 1970s, she was formerly director of the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam from 2010 to 2013, and curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) of Los Angeles for 26 years. Ann Goldstein joins James Rondeau at the head of the institute and will support him in the Long Range Plan for extension of the museum’s Asian art collection as well as development of international art within the...

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The Art Institute of Chicago announces a record donation of $35 million

The Art Institute of Chicago (AIC) has recently received an exceptional donation of $35 million from Dorothy Braude Edinburg — dead in 2015 —, owner of a large collection. This donation will enable the institution to acquire new Asian artworks, paintings and drawings, and to strengthen the AIC’s position as a major museum. Dorothy Edinburg and the Institute are thus continuing a posthumous collaboration that started 23 years ago, with her donation of over 1,500 works spanning over six centuries. And that’s not all from the AIC: its president-director Douglas Druick will be leaving his position and be replaced by James Rondeau as president. Eloise W. Martin will be taking over as...

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Gloria Groom has been named chair of the European Painting and Sculpture department at the Art Institute of Chicago.

Gloria Groom has been named chair of the European Painting and Sculpture department at the Art Institute of Chicago. Gloria Groom will be in charge of overseeing the Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo, early 19th century, Impressionist, and Post-Impressionist art collections within the museum. Groom came to work at the Art Institute in 1984 when she worked as a research assistant, and has now dedicated over thirty years of experience to the museum. She currently serves as the Art Institute’s David and Mary Winton Green Curator, best known for her work related to Impressionism and Post-Impressionism. She has held that post since 1988. She curated the museum’s “Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity” show, which was also featured at the Met in New York, as well as the Musée d’Orsay in Paris. Of her new appointment, Gloria Groom said: “I am honoured and thrilled to be taking the helm of this exceptional collection that I love so much […] I will lead our department to continue inspiring our loyal visitors…” The Art Institute of Chicago was originally founded in 1866 as a free school and gallery. The museum is located in Chicago’s Grant Park. Its permanent collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art makes it one of the most visited art museums in the world, with 1.5 million visitors per...

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Retrospective Exhibit of Charles Ray in Chicago

A retrospective exhibit of the works of American sculptor Charles Ray, comprising the period from 1997 to 2014, is being held at the Art Institute of Chicago. The exhibition started in May and will end on October 4 2015. The first retrospective analysis of his work in 1998, in the midst of his career, took place at the Whitney Museum of American Art. The Art Institute has devoted its first floor to 19 works by Charles Ray for this exhibition co-organized by the Kunstmuseum Basel, Switzerland. If not for the sake of realism, the prevalence of poetic dimensions in his creations, and working surface and continuous detail, his works could easily deceive the eye. The pieces deal with the human experience, with Charles Ray giving the impression of a certain imprisonment within the media. With the usage of raw materials such as aluminum, fiberglass, and stainless steel, Charles Ray seeks to convey a static and fixed image of the human body. He expresses his desire to treat objects as human bodies and for them to be seen as such. Charles Ray told ArtNews, “ I want them to be seen as sculptures more than as performance elements.” Born in 1953 in Chicago, Charles Ray works and resides in Los Angeles, where he heads the sculpture department at UCLA. It was at a militant Catholic high school where he discovered metalwork, which has been, for many years, his favorite medium. After the 1980s, he redefined the practice of contemporary sculpture, and does not cease to bring new opportunities through his...

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Stabbing at Art Institute of Chicago

Charges are pending against a 29-year-old man who allegedly stabbed another man in the neck outside the Art Institute of Chicago on 10 June 2015. The stabbing occurred in the Art Institute’s south garden, which houses several large sculptures including Alexander Calder’s Flying Dragon. According to DNAinfo, the 57-year-old victim remains in a critical condition at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and both men are reported to be homeless. Officials at the museum were able to provide a detailed description of the assailant, who was arrested after fleeing the scene. He currently faces charges of either aggravated battery or attempted murder. “I’m surprised that something like this would happen outside the art museum, especially on a day like today with so many people out,” said a local resident. The Art Institute of Chicago is an encyclopaedic art museum located in Chicago’s Grant Park. It features a collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art in its permanent collection, and was recently named the world’s favorite museum by...

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