Wednesday, October 21, 2009
When in CHICAGO | Modern Wing | The Art Institute
Modern Wing at the Art Institute of Chicago
WHAT: Designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano, this elegant 264,000-square-foot addition to the Art Institute of Chicago, which opened in May, took 10 years from design to completion and cost $294 million. The wing houses the museum’s collections of modern European painting and sculpture, contemporary art, architecture and design, and photography.
WHEN: Mon.– Fri. 10:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Thursdays open until 8 pm. Weekends 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
WHERE: 111 South Michigan Avenue
HIGHLIGHTS: The fervor of anticipation for this new wing was eclipsed only by the city residents’ pride once it was completed. Artist Melanie Schiff describes her reaction to the new wing as something that makes her a little “choked up when she thinks about it,” and “proud of Chicago,” sentiments which are reflected by many locals. According to gallery owner Tony Wight, “The clever elegance of Renzo Piano’s architecture is the perfect complement to the Art Institute’s substantial holdings in modern and contemporary Art, providing James Rondeau a myriad of opportunities to flex his curatorial muscles.”