Winter Tour Series, January 2014
Winter is a good time to explore art in Chicago’s outstanding museums. Join Joanna Pinsky, Art Encounter’s Artistic Director, to consider three very different exhibitions at the Art Institute of Chicago and the Museum of Contemporary Art.
Wednesday, January 15th
The Art Institute: Art and Appetite: American Painting, Culture and Cuisine
Don’t expect the usual still life paintings in this exhibit of over 75 paintings, sculptures and decorative arts from the earliest years of the USA to the end of the twentieth century. We’ll see how the subject of food plays into issues of gender, race, class, politics and commerce in works ranging from Raphaelle Peale to the Pop artists.
Wednesday, January 22nd
The Art Institute: Monika Baer
Investigate work by an up-and-coming Berlin based artist who mixes representational images with sensual abstraction, shifting our focus between the suggestion of narratives and the joy of painting. Time permitting, we’ll explore recently displayed works in the New Wing.
Wednesday, January 29th
Museum of Contemporary Art: William J. O’Brien
Enjoy color, decoration, design and humor in a variety of styles and mediums alluding to different cultures and time periods in this artist’s first museum survey exhibition. O’Brien has organized the exhibit in the form of musical stanzas, combining ceramics, sculpture, drawings and paintings to emphasize a mixture of improvisation and control. Time permitting, we’ll view additional works from the MCA’s permanent collection.
(ground level entrance, north side)