Pablo Picasso has a special place in the heart of Chicago, thanks to that fifty-foot sculpture of his in the middle of Daley Plaza. But the Picasso-Chicago connection actually goes back one hundred years. A new show at the Art Institute of Chicago explores the love affair between the modern artist and this modern city.
A crowd of 50,000 people jammed the Civic Center Plaza at noon on August 15, 1967. Chicago was unveiling its newest piece of public art: a gift to the city from the celebrated Pablo Picasso.Covered with blue sheeting, the giant sculpture loomed over the plaza. Then Mayor Richard J.