WBEZ | The Art Institute of Chicago - Fullerton Hall http://www.wbez.org/content/art-institute-chicago-fullerton-hall Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Multiple Heads: Replication, Repetition, and the Portrait Bust http://www.wbez.org/event/2011-05-26/multiple-heads-replication-repetition-and-portrait-bust <p><p>Using Jean-Antoine Houdon's sculptures at the Art Institute, <strong>Malcolm Baker </strong>of the University of California Riverside examines the relationship between original and copy in portrait art, where replication is sometimes a virtue of the technique. Baker also explores the central place sculpture had during the eighteenth century.</p><p>Baker is the author of <em>Roubiliac and the Eighteenth-Century Monument</em>, which was&nbsp;co-authored with David Bindman and awarded the 1996 Mitchell Prize for the History of Art. He is also the author of&nbsp;<em>Figured in Marble: the Making and Viewing of Eighteenth-Century Sculpture</em>.</p></p> Sat, 26 Mar 2011 16:49:29 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/event/2011-05-26/multiple-heads-replication-repetition-and-portrait-bust Taking Dürer Out of the Box http://www.wbez.org/event/2011-05-12/taking-du%CC%88rer-out-box <p><p>Albrecht Dürer, the great German painter, draftsman, printmaker, engraver, and mathematician, is regarded as one of the greatest artists of the Northern Renaissance. Susan Dackerman of Harvard University focuses on Dürer&rsquo;s scientific images and his contributions to astronomy, cartography, mathematics, and natural history.</p><p><strong>Susan Dackerman</strong> is former curator and head of the department of prints, drawings, and photographs at the Baltimore Museum of Art and now the newly appointed Carl A. Weyerhaeuser Curator of Prints at the Harvard University Art Museums. Dackerman's previous exhibition projects include &quot;Painted Prints: The Revelation of Color in Northern Renaissance and Baroque Engravings, Etchings, and Woodcuts&quot; (Philadelphia, 2002) and &quot;Books Arts in the Age of Dürer&quot; (Baltimore Museum of Art, 2000).</p></p> Sat, 26 Mar 2011 16:31:32 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/event/2011-05-12/taking-du%CC%88rer-out-box Serve It Forth: The American Table and Culinary Activism http://www.wbez.org/event/2011-04-14/serve-it-forth-american-table-and-culinary-activism <p><p><strong>Nancy Siegel</strong>, an associate professor of art history at Towson University, shows how culinary activism--from tea boycotts in the 1760s to patriotic cakes later served on American eagle platters--demonstrated Americans&rsquo; support of the democratic way. In the eighteenth century, the American colonies were variously referred to as a crumbling cake or a kettle of fish. As the language of food was easily understood, the use of such similes linking food to politics became increasingly popular,&nbsp;creating discourse between culinary history and American political thought. This lecture examines the development of culinary activism in America, covering: the&nbsp;tea boycotts in the 1760s and the use of homebrews such as Liberty Tea; the development and naming of nationalist recipes in praise of the new and fragile nation after the American Revolution; and the serving of patriotic cakes and teas on imported and domestically produced ceramics. The pots, plates, and platters that held tea and morsels became a meaningful complement&mdash;visual partners adorned with patriotic and nationalistic imagery such as American eagles, political figures, or popular American scenery. Seeing this ensemble of artifacts as culinary activism, one finds that through cookery broad segments of American society could demonstrate their approval of the democratic process, and the very act of dining often conveyed opinions about the American political system.</p></p> Sat, 26 Mar 2011 16:20:19 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/event/2011-04-14/serve-it-forth-american-table-and-culinary-activism Man Ray, the Surrealist Object, and Another Thing http://www.wbez.org/event/2011-04-07/man-ray-surrealist-object-and-another-thing <p><p><strong>Bill Brown</strong>, University of Chicago, an innovator of &quot;thing theory,&quot; selects a piece by Man Ray, American painter, photographer, and maker of objects and films, as a starting point for his commentary.</p><p>In an essay for Critical Inquiry, Brown wrote: &ldquo;If thing theory sounds like an oxymoron, then, it may not be because things reside in some balmy elsewhere beyond theory but because they lie both at hand and somewhere outside the theoretical field, beyond a certain limit, as a recognizable yet illegible remainder&hellip;&rdquo;</p><p>This lecture is part of the Art Institute&rsquo;s&nbsp;series Seeing Things, presented with partners the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, and the Poetry Foundation, where we look at art, music, dance, and words for what they&mdash;and we&mdash;truly are.</p></p> Sat, 12 Mar 2011 16:22:07 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/event/2011-04-07/man-ray-surrealist-object-and-another-thing A Conversation with Charles Ray http://www.wbez.org/event/2011-03-24/conversation-charles-ray <p><p>Artist <strong>Charles Ray</strong>, joined by noted art historian <strong>Bernhard Mendes Burgi</strong>, discusses <em>Hinoki</em>, Ray&rsquo;s monumental sculpture at the Art Institute. He describes the inspiration for the piece as follows: &quot;Ten years ago, while driving up the central coast of California, I spotted a fallen tree in a meadow just off the highway. I was instantly drawn to it. It was not only a beautiful log, but to my eyes, it was perfectly embedded in the meadow where it had fallen decades earlier. Pressure from the weather, insects, ultraviolet radiation, and gravity were evident. Total collapse appeared to be no more than a handful of years away. I was inspired to make a sculpture and studied many other logs, but I realized that I was only interested in this particular one.&rdquo;</p><p>Join us for what should prove to be a stimulating conversation.</p></p> Sat, 12 Mar 2011 16:17:05 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/event/2011-03-24/conversation-charles-ray Woven Traditions: Asante and Ewe Textiles http://www.wbez.org/event/2011-02-11/woven-traditions-asante-and-ewe-textiles <p><p>Curator <strong>Nii Quarcoopome</strong> of the Detroit Institute of Art highlights the beauty of Asante and Ewe textiles on view&nbsp;at The Art Institute of Chicago. The Art Institute&rsquo;s African collection includes over 400 works that highlight the diversity of artistic expression on the continent south of the Sahara, emphasizing the sculptural traditions of West and Central Africa. The collection includes masks and figural sculpture, beadwork, furniture, regalia, and textiles from countries including Burkina Faso, Côte d&rsquo;Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Ethiopia, Mali, Morocco, Nigeria, and South Africa.</p></p> Fri, 28 Jan 2011 14:11:04 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/event/2011-02-11/woven-traditions-asante-and-ewe-textiles Changing Face, Changing Place: A History of African Art at the Art Institute of Chicago http://www.wbez.org/event/2011-02-04/changing-face-changing-place-history-african-art-art-institute-chicago <p><p><strong>Kathleen Bickford Berzock</strong>, curator of African art, traces the history of African art at the Art Institute of Chicago from the 1920s to the handsome new installation opening in spring 2011. The Art Institute&rsquo;s African collection of over 400 works includes masks and figural sculpture, beadwork, furniture, regalia, and textiles that highlight the diversity of artistic expression on the continent south of the Sahara and&nbsp;emphasize the sculptural traditions of West and Central Africa. Responding to broad cultural and social trends, the curatorial priorities of the 1950s helped gradually focus collections into the increased specialization offered today.</p></p> Fri, 28 Jan 2011 14:06:39 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/event/2011-02-04/changing-face-changing-place-history-african-art-art-institute-chicago Deliberation and Impulse—John Marin's Art http://www.wbez.org/event/2011-01-27/deliberation-and-impulse%E2%80%94john-marins-art <p><p>During his lifetime, American modernist John Marin (1870&ndash;1953) was the country&rsquo;s most celebrated artist. His improvisational approach to color, paint handling, perspective, and movement situated him as a leading figure in modern art and helped influence the Abstract Expressionist movement. The exhibition <em>John Marin's Watercolors: A Medium for Modernism</em> was the first to present the Art Institute of Chicago&rsquo;s impressive collection of Marin&rsquo;s work in its entirety, ranging from early images rooted in traditional practice to more personal and experimental compositions.</p><p><strong>Ruth Fine </strong>from the National Gallery of Art focuses on American painter John Marin&rsquo;s complex approach to his subjects that clearly cite specific times and places, revealing the rich diversity of his vision.</p></p> Sun, 02 Jan 2011 14:31:48 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/event/2011-01-27/deliberation-and-impulse%E2%80%94john-marins-art A Personal Thing—Horace Pippin's Cabin in the Cotton http://www.wbez.org/event/2011-01-07/personal-thing%E2%80%94horace-pippins-cabin-cotton <p><p>As part of the Art Institute&rsquo;s Seeing Things season, curator Sarah Kelly traces the career of self-taught artist Horace Pippin. Pippin began painting as a means of rehabilitating his arm, which was injured during World War I. His technique of layering paint on canvas, developed over years of solitary work, evolved into a highly personal style. The &ldquo;cabin in the cotton&rdquo; theme in his work not only had special meaning for Pippin but also held great significance in American society during the 1930s. The painting &quot;Cabin in the Cotton&quot; became a nationally known icon when it was discovered in a shop window by illustrator N. C. Wyeth.</p></p> Sun, 02 Jan 2011 14:24:49 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/event/2011-01-07/personal-thing%E2%80%94horace-pippins-cabin-cotton Arms and Armor: Harding's Castle and Collection http://www.wbez.org/event/2010-12-10/arms-and-armor-hardings-castle-and-collection <p><p>In the first few decades of the 20th century, George F. Harding Jr., a colorful figure in Chicago business and politics, assembled an enviable collection of arms and armor at a time when others, including William Randolph Hearst and institutions such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Cleveland Museum of Art, provided stiff competition. To showcase his ever-expanding collection, Harding even added a two-story annex&mdash;known as the &quot;Castle on the Illinois Central Railroad&quot;&mdash; to his home on the city&rsquo;s South Side. <strong>Stuart Pyhrr</strong>, Metropolitan Museum of Art, will discuss arms, armor, and Chicagoan George F. Harding, Jr.'s passion for collecting it.</p><p>For more information, visit the <a href="http://www.artic.edu/aic/calendar/event?EventID=7923&amp;EventTypeID=5&amp;Month=12_2010">Art Institute of Chicago</a> online.</p></p> Sat, 27 Nov 2010 18:49:31 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/event/2010-12-10/arms-and-armor-hardings-castle-and-collection