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Of Chicago's many attractions, the Art Institute is among the most important, especially for lovers of art and culture. The Audio Publishers Association has chosen to hold this year's Audie Awards Presentation and Dinner Gala there, and no visit to the Windy City is complete without at least an evening stroll through the sculpture garden.

The museum houses more than 300,000 works of art, among them the legendary masterpieces A Sunday Afternoon on La Grand Jatte (1884) by Georges Seurat, American Gothic by Grant Wood, Nighthawks by Edward Hopper, and 33 paintings by Claude Monet. The original, core beaux-arts building, designed by Shepley, Rutan, and Coolidge, was built for the World's Columbian Exposition in 1893.

The Art Institute is located at the northwest corner of Grant Park, at the intersection of Michigan Avenue and Adams Street (111 S. Michigan Ave). You can't miss it-watch for the big stone lions on the porch...

Museum Hours are: Monday 10:30-4:30; Tuesday 10:30-8:00; Wednesday through Friday 10:30-4:30; and Saturday & Sunday 10:00-5:00. Phone:(312)443-3600

Current Exhibitions:

Recent Acquisitions: American Arts (March 10-July 22)
Overview: This intimate exhibition showcases recent acquisitions of 19th- and 20th-century American art. The commitment of the Department of American Arts to represent the breadth of American creativity is reflected in these new additions to the collection that include illusionistic trompe l'oeil paintings, streamlined Modern furniture, and decorative objects.

2001: Building for Space Travel (March 24-October 21)
Overview: With the Museum of Flight in Seattle, the Department of Architecture at The Art Institute of Chicago is co-organizing an exhibition exploring the evolution and projected visions of architecture and design for space travel. 2001: Building for Space Travel will examine perceptions of the space age beyond the millennium mark. The exhibition will educate the general public about the work that architects, civil engineers, and industrial and graphic designers have done for the space program, as seen through structures from the launch facilities at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, to the new International Space Station, a monumental 17-country effort.

Publication: The 192-page exhibition catalogue, including 80 color illustrations and 120 black-and-whites, will be co-published by The Art Institute of Chicago and Harry N. Abrams, Inc., New York. Edited by John Zukowsky, the Art Institute's curator of architecture, the catalogue will include essays by thirteen contributors representing such diverse interests as the history of space flight, literary history, photography and film, military history, advertising, Soviet history, popular culture, art and design, and medicine.

Edward Weston: The Last Years in Carmel (June 2-September 16)
Between 1938 and 1948, Edward Weston took the last photographs of his illustrious career, most of them at Point Lobos or at his home in the Carmel Highlands of northeast California. The first photographs of this period were not just details, still lifes, or landscapes, as he had done before, but vistas, horizons, waves, and atmospheres of mood. The majority of the 75 photographs for this exhibition will be drawn from the collections at The Art Institute of Chicago and the University of California at Santa Cruz.

Here are more of the latest publications from the Art Institute, perfect primers for your visit:

Treasures from The Art Institute of Chicago
Featuring over four hundred works of art, this is the most comprehensive book ever published on one of America's finest museums. It represents cultures worldwide with objects in a variety of media, dating from antiquity through the late twentieth century. The reader will find not only many examples from the Art Institute's encyclopedic nineteenth-century French collection and its renowned modern-art holdings, but also an extensive selection of African, Asian, and classical Mediterranean art, American paintings, European and American decorative arts and sculpture, photographs, prints and drawings, textiles, and architectural drawings and models.

The Art Institute of Chicago, distributed by Hudson Hills Press, Inc. (2000)
9 3/4 x 12 in.; 344 pages; 449 color illustrations
Hardcover $75.00 ISBN 0-86559-182-2

Impressionism and Post-Impressionism in The Art Institute of Chicago
The Art Institute of Chicago's collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art is one of the finest in the world, embracing the stylistic and thematic variety of these modern movements. This book presents full-color reproductions of 150 oil paintings, watercolors, prints, drawings, and sculpture.

The Art Institute of Chicago (2000)
11 x 11 in.; 168 pages; 152 color illustrations
Hardcover $50.00 ISBN 0-86559-176-8 Wonder what's going on in CHICAGO? Pick up the READER!

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