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NOW OPEN—"Helen Frankenthaler Prints: The Romance of a New Medium”
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Helen Frankenthaler is best known for her monumental and boldly gestural canvases awash in vibrant hues. Lesser known are the prints that the artist produced over nearly two decades—images that capture the same whimsical beauty found in her brilliant canvases.
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Thursday night! Join us for the Exhibition Opening of "Volta Photo."
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Enjoy a cash bar, complimentary snacks, and West African records spun by Florent Mazzoleni—on the opening of "Volta Photo: Starring Sanlé Sory and the People of Bobo-Dioulasso in the Small but Musically Mighty Country of Burkina Faso."
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This event is free to Illinois residents or with museum admission. Join us in Griffin Court of the Modern Wing, 5:00–8:00 p.m. No registration required.

COMING SOON—The Art Institute presents garish and haunting work from the "master of the macabre."
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"Flesh: Ivan Albright" opens May 4.

Among the Bamana people of Mali, sculpture often functions as a mediating force between the spirit and human realms. Ritual objects, like this amorphously shaped boli, are stored in a shrine house and may only be seen by members of the association to which it belongs.
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A boli has a wood core wrapped with cotton cloth, into which spiritually charged packets are bound. Sacrificial materials, including animal blood and grains, are applied to the surface, giving it a crusty exterior. These sacrifices symbolize the layering of secret knowledge, imbuing the boli with nyama (life force).
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See this object among other works now on view in African Art.

Unlike the other Surrealists of his time, René Magritte found mystery not in fantastical imagery, but in everyday reality. "Time Transfixed” is a perfect example of the artist’s desire to make "everyday objects shriek aloud.”
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In this painting, Magritte transforms the pipe of a coal-burning stove into a charging locomotive, situating the train in a fireplace vent so that it appears to be emerging from a railway tunnel. The tiny engine races out into the stillness of a sparsely furnished dining room, its smoke neatly floating up the chimney, suggesting in turn the smoke of coal in the stove.
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See "Time Transfixed” among seven works by Magritte now on view in the Modern Wing.

THURSDAY—Lebanese artist, actor, and playwright Rabih Mroué delivers "a non-academic lecture” on the image politics of Islamist recruiting videos.
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Free to Illinois residents; registration required. Link in profile.

Artist Alex Katz poses with "Yellow House 2”—a new addition to the Art Institute's permanent collection now on view in the Modern Wing.

Neoclassical ruin painting had reached its zenith of popularity when Hubert Robert, its foremost French practitioner, was commissioned in 1787 to paint a suite of four canvases for a wealthy financier’s château at Méréville, France.
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Robert developed his artistic vocabulary from more than a decade’s study in Rome. The four paintings—on view at the Art Institute—are inhabited by tiny figures in the foreground; they serve only to set the scale and animate the scene, for the ruins themselves are the true subject of the pictures.
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Explore these fantasies of expansive space—filled with imaginary arches, coffered vaults, majestic stairwells, decaying colonnades, and Roman statuary—on view in Gallery 211.

CLOSING SOON—Our current rotation in Gallery 10 spans the full history of photography, from 19th-century daguerreotypes to contemporary works that push the boundaries of the medium.
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See works by Deana Lawson, John Divola, David Hockney, Sun Yuan, Dorothea Lange, Alfred Stieglitz, Ilse Bing, Ralph Ellison, Alfredo Jaar, and Zoe Leonard, among others—on view through April 29.

Marc Chagall presented "America Windows" as a gift to the Art Institute in 1977. Made forever famous less than ten years later by an appearance in "Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” the "Chagall Windows,” as they are more popularly known, hold a special place in the hearts of Chicagoans.
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Take in the glow of this remarkable six-panel work in Gallery 144.

COMING SOON—"Volta Photo: Starring Sanlé Sory and the People of Bobo-Dioulasso in the Small but Musically Mighty Country of Burkina Faso"
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Designed to resemble a cross between a photography studio and a record store, this multisensory exhibition brings together commercial studio photography and popular music from the former West African colony of Upper Volta.
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See "Volta Photo" at the Art Institute starting April 27.

#TBT Chicagoans take in the sights downtown at the Art Institute, 1940s.

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