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Art Institute of Chicago

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 9 September 2019 in Architecture and Portfolio.

The Art Institute of Chicago, founded in 1879 and located in Chicago's Grant Park, is one of the oldest and largest art museums in the United States. Recognized for its curatorial efforts and popularity among visitors, the museum hosts approximately 1.5 million people annually. Its collection, stewarded by 11 curatorial departments, is encyclopedic, and includes iconic works such as Georges Seurat's A Sunday on La Grande Jatte, Pablo Picasso's The Old Guitarist, Edward Hopper's Nighthawks, and Grant Wood's American Gothic. Its permanent collection of nearly 300,000 works of art is augmented by more than 30 special exhibitions mounted yearly that illuminate aspects of the collection and present cutting-edge curatorial and scientific research.

As a research institution, the Art Institute also has a conservation and conservation science department, five conservation laboratories, and one of the largest art history and architecture libraries in the country—the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries.

The growth of the collection has warranted several additions to the museum's original 1892 building, which was constructed for the World's Columbian Exposition the following year. The most recent expansion, the Modern Wing designed by Renzo Piano, opened in 2009 and increased the museum's footprint to nearly one million square feet, making it the second-largest art museum in the United States, after the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Art Institute is associated with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, a leading art school, making it one of the few remaining unified arts institutions in the United States.

The current building was designed in the Beaux-Arts style by Shepley, Rutan and Coolidge of Boston for the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition as the World's Congress Auxiliary Building with the intent that the Art Institute occupy the space after the fair closed.

The Art Institute's famous western entrance on Michigan Avenue is guarded by two bronze lion statues created by Edward Kemeys. The lions were unveiled on May 10, 1894, each weighing more than two tons. The sculptor gave them unofficial names: the south lion is "stands in an attitude of defiance," and the north lion is "on the prowl." When a Chicago sports team plays in the championships of their respective league (i.e. the Super Bowl or Stanley Cup Finals, not the entire playoffs), the lions are frequently dressed in that team's uniform. Evergreen wreaths are placed around their necks during the Christmas season.

Photo captured March 28, 2019.

NIKON D7000 1/180 second F/6.7 ISO 200 27 mm (35mm equiv.)

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By Marie from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

Beautiful building. Intersting note too Steven, thank you so much.

9 Sep 2019 5:10am

Ginnie from Netherlands

Look at that! Chicago can be proud to have this beauty, Steven.

9 Sep 2019 5:14am

Ralf Kesper from Fröndenberg, Germany

Very nice fassade. Really good captured in colors and light.

9 Sep 2019 7:01am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Lovely presentation . . gotta love those lions !

9 Sep 2019 8:02am

Shaun from Massachusetts, United States

A fine building Steve. A nice capture with great color.

9 Sep 2019 9:40am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

excellent capture of this classic facade

9 Sep 2019 10:03am

willy from Belgium

"the Art Institute " vaut certainement la visite Steven...

un superbe cliché de cet édifice impressionnant

have a nice day

9 Sep 2019 10:04am

Libouton Martine from Bousval, Belgium

Un beau bâtiment

9 Sep 2019 11:36am

Marjolein from Westvoorne, Netherlands

Very beautiful to see (and read) is this building

9 Sep 2019 11:40am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Good looking

9 Sep 2019 12:08pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

What a grand looking viewpoint!

9 Sep 2019 12:38pm

Existence Artistique from Angers, France


9 Sep 2019 2:59pm

tataray from Charentes-Poitou, France

Très attrayant et magnifique bâtiment.

9 Sep 2019 3:03pm

Michael Skorulski from Toronto, Canada

A really fabulous capture of this classic structure.

9 Sep 2019 3:24pm

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Superbe édifice et architecture très beau cadrage

9 Sep 2019 3:55pm

Rose from Clinton, United States

I think my younger daughter visited this place with her art teacher in high school.

9 Sep 2019 4:52pm

Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

Very successful image.

9 Sep 2019 4:56pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

very niec shot!
Amazing architecture.

9 Sep 2019 5:25pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Those lions are amazing! Such a beautiful image of this stately building.

9 Sep 2019 5:26pm

RolandTheys from Gerpinnes, Belgium

A wonderful photo

9 Sep 2019 7:03pm

London Caller from United Kingdom

I recognise that painting.
It's the other "half" of Seurat's Bathers at Asnières,
which can be seen at the National Gallery, London.

9 Sep 2019 8:47pm

London Caller from United Kingdom

PS: the warped windows are equally fascinating!

9 Sep 2019 8:49pm

Dreams come true from Utrecht, Netherlands

Fantastic composition from this building.
Gorgeous architecture.

9 Sep 2019 8:59pm

Harry from Apex, NC, United States

a classic location - well done architectural shot

10 Sep 2019 12:25am

Elizabeth Buckalew from Flagstaff, United States

It's a most impressive place! Love your image - the blue sky is great, too!

10 Sep 2019 1:28am

Elaine Hancock from Olney, United States

A spectacular view of this building. The architecture is beautiful. I would love to visit there. The information that you added was very interesting. I liked reading about the lions!

10 Sep 2019 2:26am

Remus from Portugal

A building of classic architecture that never goes out of style.
Great capture.

10 Sep 2019 2:55pm

Jean from Chonburi, Thailand

Bel édifice architectural classique que j'apprécie à sa juste valeur et merci aussi pour toutes les informations jointes inhérentes à ce musée.

11 Sep 2019 3:29am

sherri from Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

quite a structure

14 Sep 2019 5:54pm

The Yum List from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

I enjoying looking at art. I was once an aspiring part-time painter.

22 Sep 2019 12:13am