Winter Series: Museum Tours

Join Joanna Pinsky in this annual series that explores challenging, inventive and exciting art in Chicago’s outstanding museums.

When: Wednesdays, 10:30am-12:30pm
Where: Chicago Museums
Price: Art Encounter members $30 per invidvidual session or $80 for the series; non-members $34 per individual session or $90 for the series

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Museum of Contemporary Art, January 29, 2020

Consider our relationship as human beings to the natural world and built worlds through three different exhibitions. First, Israeli-born artist Assaf Evron photographs structures and spaces in both Israel and Chicago featuring the “meander,” a ubiquitous decorative motif derived from the natural curves of rivers and streams with reference to time and historic events. Next, we’ll see group exhibit The Shape of the Future, which highlights histories and ideologies in the built environment that speak to the dreams and disasters of modernism.  We’ll conclude with filmmaker John Akomfrah’s major video installation Vertigo Sea (2015), a spellbinding three-screen montage that brings together the poetics and traumas of the ocean.

Group will meet at the ground level Pearson entrance to the museum.

The Art Institute of Chicago, February 5, 2020

When the Nazi’s closed down the Bauhaus, Germany’s foundational center for art and design, many of the artists who were a part of the Bauhaus’s Weaving Workshop fled to America, developing connections through educational organizations such as the Institute of Design at IIT and Black Mountain College and making a major impact on fiber arts. In this exhibit, Weaving Beyond the Bauhaus, we’ll delve into the imaginative, large-scale sculptural works of Sheila Hicks, Else Regensteiner, Ethel Stein, Lenore Tawney, and Chicago artist Claire Zeisler (1903-1991).

Group will meet at the Monroe St. entrance of the Art Institute.

Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, February 12, 2020

Discover unique and vibrant forms of modernism that came to fruition in three different countries during the 1960’s and 70’s with Modernisms: Iranian, Turkish and Indian Highlights from NYU’s Abby Grey Collection. This show challenges the view that modernism was exclusive to the West, and shows the inventiveness of artists who blended imagery from their traditional histories and cultures with sights and movement of modern life. Iranian and Turkish artists incorporated calligraphy and ornamentation into abstraction while Indian artists drew upon Hindu iconography.  Folk dances, weaving and Islamic architecture contribute to the mix of cultural identity.

Group will meet at the Block Museum main entrance.