Exploring gay art and artists at the Art Institute of Chicago

September 12, 2011

Produced by Eight Forty-Eight

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Courtesy of the Art Institute of Chicago
Gustave Caillebotte, French, 1848-1894 Paris Street; Rainy Day, 1877
(Courtesy Sara Condo)
Alison Cuddy takes a tour of the Art Institute with art scholar David Getsy.

Most people can identify whether or not a piece of art appeals to them--they know it when they see it. But what about the intent of the artist; their history and point of view? Some critics contend that certain artists lack exposure– particularly those who are gay. So, Eight Forty-Eight decided to tour the Art institute of Chicago with David Getsy, an art historian at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, to take a look at some works by gay artists. The tour started at a very popular painting in the museum–-Paris Street; Rainy Day-–by impressionist Gustave Caillebotte.

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