Arts Appeal

Blog about Art and Events in Chicagoland

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If you are thinking “I’m soooo bored of winter” and want to see some awesome artwork to liven things up and take your mind off this dreary weather, the Art Institute of Chicago is, as always, an affordable and entertaining way to spend a day. Here are a few cool exhibits to check out this season.

Holiday Thorne Rooms

Holiday Thorne Rooms exhibit at the Art Institute

Open from November 22, 2014 to January 6, 2015, this exhibit features miniature historical rooms that are decorated for the holiday season, meticulously detailed to feature all of those little things that make the holidays special, from Christmas trees to miniature stair railings fitted with miniature green garnishes and mistletoe hanging from chandeliers.

Some of the mini rooms include the English Great Hall of the Tudor, Virginia Entrance Hall, California Hallway and the 1930s French Library.

The City Lost and Found

City Lost and Found exhibition photograph of NYC

The City Lost and Found is open from October 26, 2014 to January 11, 2015 and features photography and cinema to showcase the alterations made to New York, Chicago and Los Angeles from 1960 to 1980. Although this might seem like a relatively short time period to explore, you can see how drastic the changes are between these two decades alone. You’ll learn about the cities’ different cultures and follow each as their landscapes change along with their pedestrians, all through different lenses. It may even help explain how the people in these cities and even America in general have evolved up through today.

Ghosts and Demons in Japanese Prints

woman ghost in well painting by Hokusai

For a taste of the bizarre and not entirely holiday-themed world of art, visit Temptation: the Demons of James Ensor up through January 4, 2015. This exhibition displays many prints featured in the Clarence Buckingham Collection of Japanese Prints. One unique artist in this series is Katsushika Hokusai, whose paintings often feature depictions of ghouls placed against bright blue backgrounds. Through these artists’ renditions, you’ll also learn about the many Japanese legends that have frightened children and adults for centuries.