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Chicago's art scene is popping—from museum funding to exhibition fun

Yinka Shonibare, MBE, Wind Sculpture I
Yinka Shonibare, MBE, Wind Sculpture I
Yinka Shonibare, MBE, Wind Sculpture I

The Art Institute of Chicago has been awarded $250,000 by the Henry Luce Foundation to support a multi-year effort to complete the first-ever comprehensive catalogue to highlight the American silver holdings in the museum’s Department of American Art. “We are grateful to the Luce Foundation for their long-standing support of the Art Institute, and very much appreciate this generous grant. In our view, the history of American silver reveals the history of the nation itself,” explains Judith Barter, PhD, Field McCormick Chair and Curator, Department of American Art.

In addition to its upcoming exhibition Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary, 1926-1938, which opens June 24, the museum debuts Berlin-based sculptor Nairy Baghramian's French Curve (2014) and Slip of the Tongue (2014) on the Bluhm Family Terrace and Terzo Piano through October 5, 2014. To learn more about the Art Institute, visit

From 5 to 10 p.m., Chicago Loop Alliance will transform the Chicago Theatre alley into an art party with Activate on June 5. Guests who RSVP in advance at will receive a complimentary drink. The free pop-up event is presented in partnership with the Art Institute of Chicago.

On Thursday, May 29, Packer Schopf Gallery opens its doors on 942 W. Lake Street for Glenn Kotche’s new release Adventureland which will be heard via Ian Schneller's sculpture/sound installation of eight unique horn speakers, an Octoblock tube amplifier, and the iPod Nanosystem. Doors open at 6 p.m. for the free listening event. Visit for details.

Chicago artists, arts organizations and community organizations are encouraged to participate in Crossing Borders for the 18th annual Chicago Artists Month this October. Preference will be given to cross-neighborhood or cross-genre collaborations. To apply, visit before June 16.

London-based artist Yinka Shonibare MBE will premiere three sculptures from his Wind series at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago's annual plaza series on 220 E. Chicago Avenue. Curated by Naomi Beckwith, Marilyn and Larry Fields Curator at the MCA, the exhibition will be on view from June 16 to October 31. The museum also presents Earthly Delights featuring the work of Swiss Balthus, Lynda Benglis, Carol Bove, Nick Cave, Marc Camille Chaimowicz, Michaelangelo Pistoletto, Lari Pittman, and Yinka Shonibare from June 28 to November 30, as well as BMO Harris Bank Chicago Works: Zachary Cahill through September 16. For more information, visit