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History[ edit ] Ina group of 35 artists founded the Chicago Academy of Design in a studio on Dearborn Street, with the intent to run a free school with its own art gallery.
The organization was modeled after European art academies, such as the Royal Academywith Academicians and Associate Academicians. The Academy's charter was granted in March The Academy's success enabled it to build a new home for the school, a five-story stone building on 66 West Adams Street, which opened on November 22, When the Great Chicago Fire destroyed the building in the Academy was thrown into debt.
Attempts to continue despite the loss by using rented facilities failed. Members tried to rescue the ailing institution by making deals with local businessmen, before some finally abandoned it in to found a new organization, named the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts.
This sketch of the then new Art Institute of Chicago shows most of today's Grant Park still submerged under Lake Michigan, with the railroad tracks running along the shoreline behind the Museum Inthe Chicago Academy of Fine Arts changed its name to the current Art Institute of Chicago and elected as its first president the banker and philanthropist Charles L.
Hutchinsonwho "is arguably the single most important individual to have shaped the direction and fortunes of the Art Institute of Chicago" : The existing commercial building on that property was used for the organization's headquarters, and a new addition was constructed behind it to provide gallery space and to house the school's facilities.
The commercial building was demolished,  and the noted architect John Wellborn Root was hired by Hutchinson to design a building that would create an "impressive presence" on Michigan Avenue, : The city agreed, and the building was completed in time for the second year of the fair.
On October 31, the Institute moved into the new building. From the s decade to the s the school offered with the Logan Family members of the board the Logan Medal of the Artsan award which became one of the most distinguished awards presented to artists in the US.
Between and the Institute was a key site in the battle to gain art and documentary photography a place in galleries, under curator Hugh Edwards and his assistants. As Director of the museum starting in the early s, James N. Wood conducted a major expansion of its collection and oversaw a major renovation and expansion project for its facilities.
As "one of the most respected museum leaders in the country", as described by The New York TimesWood created major exhibitions of works by Paul GauguinClaude Monet and Vincent van Gogh that set records for attendance at the museum.
He retired from the museum in The building houses the museum's world-renowned collections of 20th- and 21st-century art, specifically modern European painting and sculpture, contemporary art, architecture and design, and photography.
Intravel review website and forum, Tripadvisorreviewed millions of travelers' surveys and named the Art Institute the world's best museum.
The museum agreed to keep the donated work on display for at least 50 years. List of painters in the Art Institute of Chicago The collection of the Art Institute of Chicago encompasses more than 5, years of human expression from cultures around the world and contains more thanworks of art in 11 curatorial departments.
The museum holds works of art ranging from early Japanese prints to the art of the Byzantine Empire to contemporary American art.
It is principally known for one of the United States' finest collection of paintings produced in Western culture. The African collection includes more than works that span the continent, highlighting ceramics, garments, masks, and jewelry.
From pottery to textiles, the collection brings together a wide array of objects that seek to illustrate the thematic and aesthetic focuses of art spanning the Americas.Chicago is the third largest city in the United States, with a population of nearly three million people. Its scenic lakeside location, world-class cultural offerings and unique architecture are just some of the reasons why Chicago is a great place to live and visit.
From race cars to freedom rides, modular houses to microprocessors, the wide-ranging exhibits of the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation bring you face to face with real things that have the power to inspire, inform and engage you in ways no image or description can do on its own.
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John Singer Sargent and Chicago's Gilded Age. on display Sunday, July 1, - Sunday, September 30, Deepen your understanding of the great art of past, present, and future by joining one of the Art Institute's affiliate groups.
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