The Art Institute of Chicago is a world-renowned home to pieces of art from all around the world- allowing visitors to peek into the aesthetics and culture of centuries past. Though some pieces, like A Sunday on La Grande Jatte call the museum home, others only call it their residence for a season.
Frederica Wald describes the new works and pieces from a handful of artists, each inspiring and striking, for the Chicago community and those who heed the opportunity to see the exhibits while they’re available this fall.
David Hockney: The Arrival of Spring, Normandy, 2020
Though most of the world went into a standstill during the start of the pandemic, artist David Hockney took the opportunity to fly to rural France, immersing himself in the changing of the season so he could return to tell the layman about it.
And how did he do it? Through iPad.
A new medium for Hockney, he recalls it taking a while to get used to the app he chose to champion his pieces, but once he did, he said it felt “like painting”. Recording the subtle, minute changes that came with the Spring of 2020’s arrival, the exhibit holds 116 total pieces- including two videos, and a series of augmented reality works.
Premiering on August 20, 2022, and departing the institute on January 2nd, 2023, this fall marks the perfect time for lovers of landscape to meander through Hockney’s exhibit. With as many pieces as there are, Freddi Wald says museum-goers should put aside ample time to take each work in.
Lovers of fashion, textile, or the human condition in general should clear their schedules for the arrival of the Fabricating Fashion exhibit at the Art Institute. Celebrating the legacy and creative genius of countless culture’s takes on clothing and textile, this gallery is a must-see.
It’s funny how often the beauty of fabric is overlooked, and though it may be easy to intricately design and pattern textiles with today’s technology, those in centuries past had the work of bringing each work into reality by hand.
From clothing pieces from 19th century India to fabrics from Mid-20th century Yoruba, the amount of love and care put into each individual piece, much less each square inch, is prevalent.
Available to the public from the end of August 2022 through the beginning of January 2023, this exhibit invites viewers to think about their own choice in fabric and clothing today, and what messages are being conveyed as compared to those of our ancestors.
Sophie Calle: Because — The Blind
The year is 1986, and photographer Sophie Calle is asking patrons at an institute for the blind one question: “What is your image of beauty?”.
It’s a simple question, but the answers she got were far from straightforward. The conversations Calle had were deeply personal and overwhelming, and, after taking a picture of her interviewee, the artist put it upon herself to create one to three scenes of each subject’s interpretation of beauty.
Entitled “Because” due to Calle’s personal reasons for taking certain photographs throughout the years, this exhibit opens on August 27, 2022 and will bid adieu on January 23rd, 2022, giving visitors a notable amount of time to purchase tickets and open their minds to an entirely new definition of the word beautiful.