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, 10:45 am-12:30 pm
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

Please scroll down to the bottom of the page to register.

Museum of Contemporary Art, January 29, 2020

Consider histories of human displacement and migration in Routes and Territories, an exhibit focusing on Latin America, where colonialism, nature and politics have deeply affected communities. We’ll see vast horizontal canvases by Colombian artist Nohemi Perez that transport the viewer to Colombia’s lush Catatumbo jungle where, tucked into the verdant vegetation, present-day illegal activities take place. Then, see how Bolivian artist Andres Peiera Paz excerpted images from a 1610 illustrated manual to create wire sculptures depicting the brutal treatment of Andean Indigenous peoples by the Spanish. Moving from the past to visions of what’s ahead, explore The Shape of the Future, a group exhibit highlighting histories and ideologies in the built environment that speak to the dreams and disasters of modernism. We’ll conclude with filmmaker John Akromfrah’s major video installation Vertigo Sea, a spellbinding three-screen montage that brings together the poetics and traumas of the ocean. Please note that the details of this session have changed slightly since publication of our brochure.

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










Pictured: Tennis Courts and Pyramids, Giza, Egypt by Richard Misrach from the MCA exhibit, The Shape of the Future

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.









Pictured: Rug, c. 1965 by Sheila Hicks from the Art Institute exhibit Weaving Beyond the Bauhaus

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. Time permitting, we will also discuss some of the exciting newly-installed works in the modern wing.

Group will meet at the Block Museum main entrance.








Pictured: King and Queen of Spades by Prabhakar Barwe from the Block Museum exhibit Modernisms: Iranian, Turkish and Indian Highlights