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Arts & Museums
For the would-be traveler who wants to visit Lithuania, this museum is the largest of its kind in the United States and is a fantastic place to start. Visitors are given personal attention from the moment they walk in the door. An orientation video provides a brief history of Lithuania, a glimpse of the green countrysides, rocky seashores and ancient castles brimming with legends. Visitors can then browse Lithuanian history and culture in the museum. Artifacts include a spectacular coat of armor, treasured relics donated by Lithuanian immigrants, native costumes from the different provinces and some of the most beautiful amber you will view anywhere. Be sure to visit the gift shop before you leave. Here you can find everything from Lithuanian candy to books on every subject. The museum also offers language classes and art workshops.
Known for its wide range of cultural art, including the recent 'Mexican Abstractions' with work by featured artist Gilberto Lopez Gasca, this funky River West gallery is not to be missed. Visitors looking for some truly non-traditional sculpture, paintings and prints in a warm and inviting atmosphere will not be disappointed. Multimedia and installation aficionados consider the Oskar Friedl Gallery as one of the few, and best, venues for such pieces in the city.
Experience the dynamic and diverse Mexican heritage through a variety of exhibits. The permanent collection focuses on prints and drawings, popular art, photography, contemporary painting and sculpture and pre-Cuauhtémoc artifacts. Incredible works by well-known and emerging musicians, authors and artists showcase Latin America and its strong sense of community. The annual "Day of the Dead" exhibit begins in September and draws the largest crowds in the city for such an event.
Marc Rubin Gallery, nestled in the Sears Roebuck Building, is a space dedicated to contemporary art and artists. Also known as the 'Rubin's Chicago Room Gallery', it is set against the colorful back-drop of downtown Chicago. It gives the patrons a shopping-like experience where they can browse through diverse art forms like paintings, sculptures and photographs. Apart from show-casing works of the great painter Marc Rubin, the gallery also displays works of other artists like Enrique Suarez, Abiola Akintola and Kristie Keenon. The Marc Rubin gallery also hosts various art events and exhibitions attended by all art enthusiasts across the city.
Salute the contributions African-Americans have made to world history, and learn about their culturally rich heritage. Galleries showcase extensive collections of award-winning photography, paintings, sculptures and other works by African and African-American artists. Original slave documents and civil rights memorabilia are also displayed. The museum hosts numerous public programs throughout the year including lectures, special exhibits and workshops.
While the name Lorado Taft has faded, his works, including "The Fountain of Time," continue to impress after more than a century. Founded in 1906, this historic site is where Taft, an Illinois native and world-renowned artist, created several monumental, heroic sculptures. The studio was also a spawning ground for aspiring artists Taft instructed until his death in 1936. It is still used as a teaching haven for artists, and has been an official landmark since 1993.
This gallery on the University of Chicago campus was established in 1915, and has a long tradition of being one of the city's most distinguished spaces for the avante-garde and contemporary art. The society first toured the U.S. to exhibit and promote the works of artists Fernand Leger and Constantin Brancusi. Past exhibitions have included such artists as Michael Kelley, Gaylen Gerber, Julia Fish, On Kawara and Heimo Zobernig.
This cultural center was founded in 1905 and has been serving the Mexican-American community ever since. With several youth oriented programs available, including performances, workshops and exhibitions, the focus is on preserving Mexican traditions such as Day of the Dead. Murals on the outside of the building include work by Ray Patlan, Salvador Vega, Aurelio Diaz and Marcos Raya. The center also features performance and outsider art.
If you want to see the University of Chicago art collection, this is the place to go. The gallery holds the primary pieces, including works from ancient China, medieval times and Renaissance Europe and paintings by the Chicago Imagists. Recently, University students have begun playing an active role in maintenance and preservation of the museum, reflecting the influence of art on academia. Stop off in the quaint Smart Museum Café for a repast during your tour. In the summer, you can dine outdoors at the Eden Sculpture Garden. Check out the gift shop for a memento of your visit. Admission is free.
The Oriental Institute Museum allows you to travel to distant and ancient civilizations without leaving Chicago. Part of the University of Chicago campus in Hyde Park, the Institute Museum features outstanding anthropological and archaeological exhibits about the early human civilizations that developed in the East. Visitors can reflect on man's accomplishments as they examine rare artifacts from historic nations including Turkey, Israel, Egypt, Mesopotamia, Iran and Palestine. Afterwards, browse the "Suq" (Arabic for "market") for Eastern finds and unusual gifts. Guided group tours and workshops are available. Photography is permitted in the museum and galleries. Photographs can also be ordered from the photographic archives. Admission is donation based, with a suggested USD10 for adults and USD5 for children 12 and under.
Renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright himself termed Robie House as 'the cornerstone of modern architecture'. Much of the architectural world agrees. It is not only the best representation of Wright's Prairie period, but also a national landmark. The bold horizontal lines and the overhanging roofs are distinctly Wright. The house is managed by the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio Foundation.
A seemingly Utopian society where artists live and work in studios around sunken gardens in the midst of a ne'er do well part of town. Sound like the stuff of novels? It is a reality here. The colony began nearly 50 years ago when John Podmajersky and his wife Ann bought three blocks of land when they saw their native Pilsen neighborhood starting to crumble. Since then, artisans from around the globe have come here to practice their craft. Approximately 300 artists now call the colony home. To observe the colony at work (without having to move in), visit during the annual open house in early September.