From the streets to the galleries, Chicago has never lacked passion, expression and innovation. To honor Chicago’s commitment to culture, let’s talk about art. From the days of hosting one of the most successful World’s Fairs in 1893, Chicago has permanently stamped its mark as a city of culture and expression. Today that mark has touched all corners of the city’s society.
At the heart of art in this vibrant city is The Art Institute of Chicago, where numerous exhibits grace gallery floors and invite locals and tourists to experience the creative genius of artists from across time. The institute holds numerous exhibits such as the galleries of Greek, Roman and Byzantine Art and galleries of modern art. The latest exhibit that will swing through the Institute in July will be the painted tapestries of Édouard Vuillard. The exhibit will bring together two halves of Vuillard’s earliest pieces. First Fruits is a two-part tapestry done by Vuillard in 1899. This is the first time since 1950 that the pieces will be reunited, after being sold into separate private collections over 50 years ago. The exhibit will open July 11 and will stay until October 6: http://www.artic.edu/exhibition/painted-tapestries-reuniting-two-decorative-paintings-douard-vuillard.
If older century tapestries are not your style, Chicago brings current issues to the spotlight as well. An art exhibit by Ti-Rock Moore has been displayed in the Gallery Guichard since July 9. Moore’s piece is controversial, as it infuses the events of last year’s Ferguson shooting with a raw display of expression. Her piece is said to display the Statue of Liberty, a noose and Michael Brown all in the same context. She makes an argument for privilege in America with this impactful and controversial exhibit. The exhibit will last through August 10: http://www.galleryguichard.com/#!blank/ckje.
Art truly begins with the artist, and their inspiration by people and events. As Moore is inspired by Michael Brown, spectators will be inspired by the lush forest that Vuillard brings to the fabric. A young designer was inspired by another aspect of Chicago–the homeless population. Ian Todd decided to use his efforts as a design student to help the plight of homeless people on the streets of Chicago by redesigning the cardboard signs that are often seen with the homeless community in any city. Todd turned the typical handwritten sign into an appealing advertisement. Using several elaborate fonts, Todd wrote the messages of homeless people on cardboard signs to help them stand out. Todd, a California native, proved that using art in the smallest way can bring attention to the big issues. He brought the stories of the city’s homeless to the news, as they highlighted his cause as a demonstration of community in downtown Chicago: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-homeless-signs-typography-met-20150705-story.html.
Artists in Chicago are making big waves, whether it be Moore with dramatic exhibits, or Todd with writing fonts on cardboard signs, the city pulls together to appreciate the passion behind the acts that drive these artists.
And if Chicago brings out the artist in you, share your work with the numerous art competitions around the city. The Chicago Artists Month competition invites people to submit their work as a chance to participate in the 20th anniversary of Chicago Artists Month that will take place in early October to mid-November: http://chicagoartistsmonth.org/
Artists bring history, style and culture to Chicago. The culture of Chicago made even Frank Sinatra swoon. After all is it not he that sang it best?
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