Summer Exhibitions at the Art Institute of Chicago

An exciting, diverse group of exhibitions are on display at the Art Institute of Chicago this summer to compliment the museums world renowned permanent collections. We've highlighted a few of the most impressive ones below. For a full list of exhibitions coming to the Institute this summer, click here

A Portrait of Antinous, in Two Parts (Present - August 28)

Antinous was an exceptionally attractive Greek youth who lived sometime in the Second Century A.D. After a premature death, Roman Emperor Hadrian went to great lengths to deify Antinous, even naming a city after the youth. His portrait was soon spread throughout the entirety of the Roman Empire. 

The Art Institute of Chicago and the Palazzo Altemps Museum in Rome have collaborated to unite two partial busts of Antinous which were originally one. They are on display to the public for the first time ever, along with a third, complete recreation of the original masterpiece. Come take a look at Antinous yourself and see if he's still got it after all of these years. 

Van Dyck, Rembrandt, and the Portrait Print (Present - August 7)

This rare exhibition explores the impact that Flemish painter Anthony Van Dyck had on portrait printmaking. In the year 1630, Van Dyck led a project that would allow for portraits to be produced at a greater frequency, making them available to more people than just the nobility. While the project contained 100 prints in total, Van Dyck produced 15 of them personally. All 15 are owned by the Art Institute, and they are now on display for the first time since they were acquired in 1929. 

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Vanishing Beauty: Asian Jewelry and Ritual Objects (June 19 - August 21)

Stop by this summer to view over 300 works displaying the incredible designs and colors of traditional Asian jewelry from all over the continent. Five geographical regions have their craftsmanship represented in this diverse exhibition: the Himalayan mountains, the islands of Southeast Asia, desert of of South Asia, plains of Central Asia, and river valleys of China's mountainous Guizhou province.

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Often times in these cultures jewelry served as much more than a fashion statement. Social status, ritualism, and healing power is all intertwined with the fine wearable art of these regions. Immerse yourself in thousands of years of Asian history in just one afternoon at the Art Institute.

Invisible Man: Gordon Parks and Ralph Ellison in Harlem (May 21 - August 26)

Author Ralph Ellison and photographer Gordon Parks both used art to document racial injustice and the black experience as a whole in postwar America. Beyond accomplished in their respective mediums, the two united for a pair of projects in 1948 and 1952. The works were aimed at shedding light on these injustices in the neighborhood of Harlem, New York. However neither work made it to publication, until now. Take a look at never before seen manuscripts from Ellison and photographs from Parks on display at the Art Institute until August 26th.

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The Art Institute of Chicago's reputation precedes itself. It is universally renowned as one of the best art museums in the world, mentioned in the same conversation as Paris' Louvre and New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art. If you're visiting in Chicago or live in the area, take some time out of your summer for a pit stop at this collection of world culture. 

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