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In Renoir’s True Colors: Science Solves a Mystery, The Art Institute of Chicago provides a rare, behind-the-scenes look at the conservation of Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s painting Madame Léon Clapisson. On view in Gallery 226 through April 27, the exhibition puts the original work alongside a re-colorized reproduction to reveal the painting process via nanotechnology, laser light, and image processing software. Visit www.artic.edu for more information.

Fiber work and drawings of Darrel Morris and clown paintings by Holly Farrell will be on view from February 21 to April 5 at Chicago’s Packer Schopf Gallery on 942 W. Lake Street. For details, visit www.packergallery.com.

More than 30 photographs of landscapes, architecture, nudes and portraits by Peter Sorel will be on display from February 20 to April 12 at Hilton | Asmus Contemporary on 716 N. Wells Street in Chicago. There will be an opening reception with the artist on February 20. For details, visit hilton-asmus.com. During the month of March, Sorel will also unveil Lake/Sky: An Homage to Mark Rothko, a photographic series of the lake shot from his Streeterville balcony at the private Union League Club of Chicago on 65 W. Jackson Boulevard.

Free and open to the public, the multidimensional photography exhibition 絆 Kizuna 3: Unbroken Circle will be on display from March 10 to 21 at the Richard J. Daley Center on 50 W. Washington Street. Mayor Rahm Emanuel of Chicago and Governor Pat Quinn of Illinois are honorary co-chairs of the exhibition presented by The Osaka Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International, along with the Japan America Society of Chicago, the Consulate General of Japan at Chicago, the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Chicago and the Japan External Trade Organization Chicago.

On Northwestern University's Evanston campus, the portrait photography of Edward Steichen and Andy Warhol is on view through April 6 in the exhibition Steichen | Warhol: Picturing Fame in the Alsdorf Gallery of Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art 40 Arts Circle Drive.

The museum also showcases artistic activism of the 1930s in The Left Front: Radical Art in the ‘Red Decade,’ 1929–1940 in the Main Gallery while its corresponding show Work Print Protest Repeat is on view in the Ellen Philips Katz and Howard C. Katz Gallery through March 16.

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