“The Art Institute of Chicago”

Chicago Area Museums: Recent Acquisitions…

Representatives from three top Chicago area museums recently shared with Art Media Agency details of their recent acquisitions. The historical and stylistic range demonstrates a continued high level of commitment to strengthening the permanent collections of the city’s vital art institutions. Founded in 1879, The Art Institute of Chicago (AIC) is one of the most important and visited art institutions in the world. Their permanent collection includes more than 300,000 objects and represents every historical period, nationality and culture. The newest addition to the museum came in 2009, with the creation of its Modern Wing, which enhanced the institution with 264,000 square feet of exhibition space and educational facilities and features state-of-the-art green technology. The Art Institute of Chicago is supported through donations and admission fees, though special free admission times are frequent, and include free admission Thursday evenings from 5:00 to 8:00 pm year round to residents of the State of Illinois. The Art Institute of Chicago has acquired Christ Carrying the Cross, by the 16th Century Italian painter Sebastiano del Piombo. The painting was only recently rediscovered, and was brought to the attention of the AIC by London-based art gallery Colnaghi, who facilitated the transfer of the painting to the museum. “We couldn’t be more thrilled to have this rare and wonderful opportunity to bring such an important painting—our first by Sebastiano—into the Art Institute’s permanent collection,” said Gloria Groom, David and Mary Winton Green Curator and Chair of European Painting and Sculpture for the AIC. Sebastiano del Piombo is notable as one of the only major painters of the High Renaissance to combine the Venetian School’s focus on color with the Mannerist’s exaggeration of proportions. As a result his work was hailed for its ability to evoke a monumental, heroic elegance while still attaining the more...

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“John Gossage: Three Routines” at The Art Institute Chicago

The first ever museum retrospective of works by John Gossage, “John Gossage: Three Routines”, is currently being held at The Art Institute of Chicago, and is to run until 3 May 2015. The “three routines” of the exhibition’s title represent Gossage’s three different approaches to photography. The exhibition consists of three displays: one of these displays work from the photographer’s time in Berlin in the 1980s; the second displays work from his recent year spent traveling the United States on a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship; and the third displays a variety of works from throughout his career. John Gossage was born in 1946 in New York city. His photographs explore a more unrecognised side of the urban landscape, depicting things such as abandoned plots of land, debris, rubbish, and...

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Susanne Ghez joins The Art Institute of Chicago

Chicago, 2 October 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA). Susanne Ghez has joined The Artist Institute of Chicago as an adjunct curator to the department of contemporary art. Commenting on the appointment in a press release, a spokesperson for the institute said “Ghez will bring her seasoned expertise in contemporary art to all aspects of the museum’s engagement with the field, including exhibitions, acquisitions, and collections. She will represent the museum in Chicago, around the country, and abroad, traveling widely to visit contemporary artists and institutions, and engaging on behalf of the Art Institute in global contemporary programming.” Ghez left her role as director and chief curator of Chicago’s Renaissance Society – one of the first contemporary art museums in the United States – last January. She had held the post for forty years, during which time she organised a total of 160 exhibitions of works by artists including Jeff Koons, Paul Chan, Lawrence Weiner, Joseph Kosuth, Michael Asher, Mike Kelley, and Nancy Spero. Douglas Druick, president and director of the Art Institute, described Susanne Ghez as “one of the most widely respected curators in contemporary art, not only in Chicago but around the...

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