What could be more metropolitan than a stroll through a museum? We’ve rounded up some of the best exhibits at Chicago’s museums this month.
Museum of Science and Industry
5700 S. Lake Shore Drive 773-684-1414
The Chicago Museum of Science and Industry will reopen its “Robot Revolution” exhibit on May 11. The all-ages exhibit focuses on how advanced robots are changing our daily lives and the world as we know it. Learn about robots and the minds of the people who create them through audio of roboticists revealing the inspiration behind their creations. The exhibition runs until February 4, 2018.
The Art Institute of Chicago
111 S. Michigan Ave 312-443-3600
The Art Institute of Chicago presents “Go”, its second exhibition in the museum’s “Modern Series”. A collection of paintings, sculptures, photographs, textiles and films explores how artists have responded to worldview in the fast-paced modern era. “Go” offers a range of sensory reactions to movement and change from the perspective of artists who have experienced it first hand. Exhibition until June 4.
Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art
220 E. Chicago Avenue 312-280-2660
“Eternal Youth” at the Museum of Contemporary Art explores how “coming of age” is expressed in art and film, in particular how images of youth have reacted to social, cultural and political changes since the 1990s. The collection focuses primarily on photography by Larry Clark, director of the 1995 film “Kids,” which follows a group of teenagers in New York City as they navigate sex, drugs, and freedom from the youth. Exhibition until July 23.
Memoria Presente: An artistic journey
National Museum of Mexican Art
1852 W. 19th St. 312-738-1503
The National Museum of Mexican Art celebrates its 30th anniversary with an exhibit featuring artists currently working in the Chicagoland area. The artists exhibited were chosen for their ability to reflect the vibrancy and diversity of Chicago’s Mexican community. The art on display aims to start a dialogue, break down barriers and preserve cultural heritage by using art as a bridge between communities. The exhibition runs until August 13.
Petcoke: tracking dirty energy
Museum of Contemporary Photography
600 S. Michigan Ave 312-663-5554
Petroleum coke, a dusty waste containing carbon, toxic heavy metals and other dangerous compounds, is the result of petroleum refining processes in the Chicago area and elsewhere in the United States. This multimedia exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Photography uses photography, video installations, sculptural objects and interactive maps to draw attention and inspire action to protect our planet. Exhibition until May 30.
Dan Friedman: radical modernist
Chicago Design Museum
108 N. State St. 3rd floor. 312-894-6263
This exhibition at the Chicago Design Museum celebrates the work of the late Dan Friedman, an American graphic designer and furniture designer who was a major contributor to the post-modern and new wave typography movements. The exhibit includes objects, photographs, and Friedman’s philosophy of work and life to celebrate his art. The exhibition runs until August 12.
EN MAS’: Carnival and Performance Art of the Caribbean
DuSable Museum of African American History
740 E. 56th Place 773-947-0600
“EN MAS'” is an exploration of the influences of the celebration of Carnival on contemporary performance practices in the Caribbean, North America and Europe. The exhibition brings together nine different performances in eight cities from six different countries, linking carnival and performance, masquerade, social criticism and transnationalism. The exhibition runs until August 13.
Affichomania: the passion of French posters
40 E. Erie St. 312-482-8933
The Driehaus Museum will present 50 posters by several masters of the medium. The posters date from 1875-1910, the so-called Belle Époque period. The works are bright, bold and merge art with commerce. Advertising posters include cigarette papers, milk, stage stars and bohemian cabarets. The exhibition includes the famous “Le Chat Noir” by Théophile-Alexandre Steinlen. The exhibition runs until January 7, 2018.
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