Chicago is a city rich in ethnic diversity, further evidenced by its museums. There is the Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum, the DuSable Museum of African-American History, the Spertus Museum of Judaica, the Oriental Institute Museum and the Swedish American Museum Center, just to name a few. So there are many directions and many reasons to visit Chicago Museum of Art.
The following description compries just a few of the wonderful exhibits and museums.
The Art Institute of Chicago holds one of the world's great art collections.
The African & Amerindian collection includes an African exhibit of wood sculpture, masks, ceramics, furniture, textiles, and beadwork from West, Central, and Southern Africa and an Amerindian collection of Mesoamerican and Andean ceramics, sculpture, textiles, and metalwork, as well as South American Indian ceramics and figurative art.
Considered one of the finest and most comprehensive in the world, the collection of the Department of Modern and Contemporary Art includes more than 1,500 paintings and sculptures representing every significant movement in Europe and America throughout the 20th century.
Dining options at the Art Institute include the Court Cafe and the Garden Restaurant. The Art Institute also has a museum shop.
The Loyola University Museum of Art is dedicated to the exploration, promotion and understanding of art and artistic expression that attempts to illuminate the enduring spiritual questions and concerns of all cultures and societies.
This Chicago Museum of Art interprets and displays the university's Medieval and Renaissance collection, known as the Martin D'Arcy, S.J., Collection, other museum permanent collections and rotating exhibitions. As a museum with an interest in education and educational programming, the Loyola University Museum of Art is dedicated to helping men and women of all creeds explore the roots of their own faith and spiritual quest.
The Next Chicago Museum of Art is Intuit,The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art. It was founded by a group of Chicago artists, collectors, art dealers and business professionals. Intuit promotes public awareness, understanding, and appreciation of intuitive and outsider art through a program of education and exhibitions. This Chicago museum of Art recognizes the creative work of individuals who demonstrate little influence from the mainstream art world and seem motivated by their unique personal visions.
The Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art or UIMA was founded in 1971 by Dr. Achilles Chreptowsky in the heart of Chicago's Ukrainian Village at 2320 W Chicago Avenue. Three storefronts were transformed into a viable musem serving the local community and the greater Chicago area with an ongoing program of cultural exhibitions, literary events, film screenings and music recitals.
And in the end, one of the nation's largest facilities devoted to the art of our time, the Museum of Contemporary Art or MCA, that offers exhibitions of the most thought-provoking art created since 1945. This Chicago Art Museum documents contemporary visual culture through painting, sculpture, photography, video and film, and performance. Located in the heart of downtown Chicago, the MCA boasts a gift store, bookstore, restaurant, 300-seat theater, and a terraced sculpture garden with a great view of Lake Michigan.
The exhibition traces the appearance of sacred kings to the Middle Preclassic Period (900-400 BC) among the Olmec, who first portrayed their rulers in monumental art with the attributes of their divinities, especially the Maize God. Human rulers engaged with supernatural beings through ritual performance, transformative acts in which the rulers took on these attributes to signify their own divine powers. The exhibition examines the role of such transformations as the source of authority for the earliest Mesoamerican kings.
To draw connections between the development of Maya kingship and other aspects of their civilization, it's possible to say that Maya kingship, sustained by the wealth produced by maize agriculture, led to the development of an elaborate royal court society with astronomers, scribes, and artists among the nobility, said The Los Angeles County Museum of Art Curator Virginia Fields. One focus of the exhibition is on the origins of hieroglyphic writing and how its earliest appearance seems to be in the form of captions, which provided the names and titles of kings and stated their ownership of precious objects.
The exhibition concludes with the royal journey after life, when kings entered the celestial realm of venerated ancestors.