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“I am incredibly proud of this new initiative MetCollects,” states Director and CEO Thomas P. Campbell of The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s web series that launched this week.

“Works of art are the very heart of what we do, the story that we tell, and a collection that does not grow simply does not evolve—intellectually, geographically, culturally. It can take just one object to give us a new perspective on another, or ask questions of us that we never before considered, or change the way a single visitor sees the world. That is our mission, and the reason why the Met remains the vibrant and relevant institution that it is today.”

William Kentridge’s The Refusal of Time (2012) is among the pieces featured in MetCollects, which releases a new episode on the second Tuesday of each month at www.metmuseum.org/metcollects.

From March 15 through June 15, The Art Institute of Chicago will be displaying gifts from collector Dorothy Braude Edinburg in an exhibition entitled Thrill of the Chase. Among the 96 pieces on display are Bartolomé Murillo’s Sleeping Christ Child (1670/75) and Jacob Jordaens’s Jacob and Esau (c. 1660) as well as 19th century works by Paul Cézanne, Edgar Degas, Claude Monet, John Constable and Karl Friedrich Schinkel in the museum’s Jean and Steven Goldman Prints and Drawing Galleries in the Richard and Mary Gray Wing.

The Vinegar Works, a puppet show inspired by the works of Edward Gorey, takes place every Saturday through June 14 at the Loyola University Museum of Art on 820 N. Michigan Avenue in Chicago. Tickets to the show are free with museum admission. For show times, visit LUC.edu/luma or call 312-915-7600. Presented by Blair Thomas & Company, The Vinegar Works, is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency. For details, visit www.blairthomas.org.

Moving Forward, the 11th Annual Creative Chicago Expo, takes place this weekend at the Chicago Cultural Center on 78 E. Washington Street. Providing workshops, vendors and more, the March 14-15 event is free thanks to sponsors WBEZ91.5 and PowerTower.

“For our upcoming show, we pair two artists whose work seemingly exist on opposite ends of the creative spectrum yet are surprisingly complementary,” explains gallery owner Aron Packer of painter Anthony Adcock’s Con·Struct and Aero Dynamisms featuring sculpture and sound installation by Ian Schneller. “Both artists are visionary. Schneller explores his interests on a macroscopic level; Adcock, in a concentrated and contained manner. The materials used by the artists differ, as do their approaches to engaging the audience's senses, but both collections, whether using paint, sculpture, or sound, leave lasting impressions on the observer, and we are excited to share this exhibition.”

The new exhibition runs from April 11 to May 31 at Packer Schopf Gallery on 942 W. Lake Street in Chicago. Clowns by painter Holly Farrell and ...waiting' for nothing by Darrel Morris are currently on display. For details, visit http://www.packergallery.com/.

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