The Art Institute of Chicago has always been dedicated to representing a diversity of mediums and perspectives; a standard fully realized in four new exhibits hitting the halls this spring.
As a limited-time extension to the Art Institute’s comprehensive collections and permanent exhibitions, special exhibitions give visitors the opportunity to delve deeper into the work of particular artists, time periods, cultures, and phenomenon. From the United States to India and Italy, these exhibits take viewers around the globe and on a journey through time in the pursuit of artistic understanding.
Here’s what you have to look forward to!
The Last Harvest: Paintings of Rabindranth Tagore
January 29- April 15, 2012
See how one author found a way to break the boundaries of language through his paintings in The Last Harvest. Rabindranoth Tagore (1861-1941) was best known in India and Bangledash as a poet, novelist, musician, and philosopher, but later in life he began to produce extraordinary paintings, allowing him a new medium for his visionary thoughts. He felt these images were more universal—perhaps a sentiment shared with other authors who turned to the visual arts in their later years, including Hermann Hesse and William B. Yeats.
In celebration of Tagore’s 150th birthday, the Art Institute of Chicago is presenting sixty-one of his profound pieces, drawn from three collections in India. In his work, viewers will see evidence of Tagore’s extensive cross-cultural ventures, including arts and crafts of Japan, European modernism, tribal artifacts of the Pacific, and ancient bronzes from China. Most of all, art-lovers (and writers, too!) will appreciate the diversity of Tagore’s expression and the translation of his ideas into moving rhythmic images.
Rethinking Typologies: Architecture and Design from the Permanent Collection
March 3- July 29, 2012
Have you ever considered your smart phone a work of art? What about the office you work in? Maybe it’s time to think again with the Art Institute’s new exhibition: Rethinking Typologies. Every era is faced with the challenge of adapting the objects and structures of everyday life to the newest technology, social norms, and cultural ideals. With the rise of technology and the emergence of information design (cue your smart phone), invention is at its prime.
Rethinking Typologies, an exhibition drawn from the permanent collection of Architecture and Design, highlight works devoted to both historical and emerging typologies that have shaped the cities we live in and the ways we communicate. Expect to see projects from designers like Aaron Koblin, James Goggin, and Scott Wilson; architects such as Paul Schweikher; and the civil engineers who develop the products we know and love.
Capturing the Sublime: Italian Drawings of the Renaissance and Baroque
March 25- July 8, 2012
Whether you’re an artist or not, you’ll enter into the mind of some of the greatest artists of the Italian Renaissance and Baroque when you view Capturing the Sublime. What’s truly unique about this exhibition is that many of the drawings on display were not originally intended to be finished works of art. Instead, these drawings were undertaken as part of the utilitarian process of mastering representation or preparing larger compositions. Nonetheless, collectors as far back as the 16th-century have been fascinated with these works, believing they offer insight into the artists’ unique temperament and style.
For visitors, this exhibition will be a sort of “behind-the-scenes” look into the creative process of famous Italian artists like Raphael, Andrea del Sarto, Baccio Bandinelli, Pontormo, Perino del Vaga, Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Salvator Roas, Guercino, and Giovanni Battista Tiepolo. Those with an enthusiastic interest in art history will appreciate the 312-page catalogue of analyses and scholarly contributions that accompanies the exhibition.
Roy Lichtenstein: A Retrospective
May 16- September 3, 2012
Roy Lichtenstein, pioneer American Pop artist, is widely known for his distinct comic book style, merging fine art with the immediacy of the contemporary print culture of the 1960’s. However, the true diversity and complexity of Lichtenstein’s extensive work is often underrepresented. Not this time. In May, the Art Institute of Chicago will present Roy Lichtenstein: A Retrospective, the first exhibit to explore the full scope and breadth of Lichtenstein’s artistic career since his death in 1997.
Thirty “little-or-never-before-seen” drawings and collages will accompany over 130 paintings and sculptures. The selected work covers the range of Lichtenstein’s career, including pre-Pop expressionist work, classic Pop Romance and War Cartoons, Mirrors, Brushstrokes, Explosions, Artist’s Studio paintings, late nudes, Chinese Landscapes, and more. Whether you’re a longtime fan of Lichtenstein’s work or are being newly introduced, this exclusive exhibit is one not to be missed.