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Chicago, IL 60601
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Arts & Museums
The Joel Oppenheimer Gallery specializes in original antique Natural History Art with particular emphasis on the works of John James Audubon. Established in 1969, the gallery has expanded recently to a second location in historic Charleston, South Carolina. The inventory includes significant holdings of the great artists from the golden age of natural history art of the 17th through 19th Centuries, such as Pierre-Joseph Redouté, John Gould and Bassilius Besler. In addition to being an incredible art resource, the gallery also provides custom archival framing, nationally recognized paper conservation, restoration services for museums, dealers and private collectors around the country.
An art gallery that is buzzing with a variety of events all year round, Expo 72 Gallery is where art aficionados ought to head when roaming about in the Loop neighborhood of the city. On display, you will find photographs, paintings, multimedia installations and more. Do call ahead for other details.
Often overlooked by tourists and locals, this is a great place for old-time radio and TV buffs. Housed in the Neo-Classical Cultural Center, this museum takes a look into Chicago's broadcasting past. Exhibits feature one of the actual Charlie McCarthy puppets used by ventriloquist Edgar Bergen. You can also step into Fibber McGee's closet and peer into Jack Benny's vault. On Saturdays, watch as old-time radio expert Chuck Shaden hosts his “Those Were the Days” radio program from the museum's broadcast center. The museum also houses a large archive of old radio and television broadcasts that are open to the public. Not just for people who remember these shows, this museum engages both children and those who grew up listening to their parents tell them how much better radio was than TV.
Pick up free city guides (available in various languages) and information on the events and attractions of the city. While you are at the Chicago Cultural Center, browse the various art galleries and find out about the weddings and cultural performances organized in the premises. Grab a coffee at the Randolph Café and some artifacts from the shop next to it. If you like this place, do some serious thinking about volunteering for some work for the cultural center. For details on parking, accessibility, and membership check the website.
The Atlas Galleries puts its focus on the reproduction of great works in poster and souvenir form. Sketches of pieces from the old masters, as well as more contemporary artists, are ready to be hung in the home or office. Choose from a wide range of prints or other modern forms of reproduction to add a touch of class to the decor. So come by to admire brilliant masterpieces of art.
John Mooney created this foundation in 1975 to emphasize the spiritual and social aspects of being an artist. The Foundation is dedicated to promoting public art, with special emphasis on community access and involvement in the art process. It features the works of many international artists and architects. The foundation's exhibition space houses talks and events led by architects and school administrators to address innovations in school architecture. Also find the work of artists like Walter Netsch, who designed schools in Chicago and the chapel at Colorado's Air Force Academy. View designs for public schools done by Viennese architects.
Illinois State Museum Chicago Gallery is a worthy addition to the architectural marvel that is the James R. Thompson Center. Like the Center since its completion in 1985, the gallery too continues to try its level best in being post-modern in nature and subsequent mass appeal. With over 25 artists lined up, the influences for their contemporary works paradoxically lie deep in history. To showcase contemporary works, the gallery does not restrict itself to the electronic domain as decorative and even art on quilt finds a home at the ISM Gallery. Kindly check website for ongoing and future events.
A name that has been held in esteem in the Chicago art scene since the early 1900s, the Arts Club of Chicago is a private club that strives to promote the various disciplines of visual art. Founded in 1916, this club has presented the works of some of the most known artists in the era of modern art, notable among them being Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, Marc Chagall, Jackson Pollock, and Salvador Dali. Besides exhibitions, the club also hosts lectures and seminars by some very respected names in the business. Though it is a private club, the Arts Club of Chicago has an exhibition space on the first floor of the building that is open to the general public, free of cost. See the website or call for more information.
The walls and floor are stacked with paintings and antiques that are all reasonably priced. Arthur M. Feldman used to be an antique's dealer before he opened this shop. He's very experienced and has an eye for the good stuff. The gallery also stocks contemporary Judaica antiques such as Sabbath candlesticks, spice towers, channukah menorahs and seder plates. This is a nice place to find some old treasures at not so exorbitant prices.
This place bills itself as the Legal and Financial District's ONLY full service coin dealer. It can exchange U.S. dollars for foreign coins and paper currency. More importantly, it offers rare coins, including ancient Greek, Roman and Byzantine collections. There are also classical antiquities dating from 5000BC through 1453 AD. The shop is willing to purchase autographs, documents, stamps and memorabilia. Expert appraisals and evaluations can be performed at your home, office or bank. No appraisal fee is charged if your items are purchased. Member of the Professional Numismatists Guild.
This gallery exhibits a wide range of mediums, and generally hosts the work of student and faculty. Notable exhibits have included the narrative dioramas of Rosemarie Fiore and paintings of household objects and children's toys by Yu-Hung Huang. Photographer Matt Santori and sculptor Jacalyn Chapel are regularly featured here. The fascinating work of Keith Shannon was a high point. His displays were largely video installations documenting a fictional town called Five Points, Ohio. See website for schedule, online gallery, and more information on the school.
Director Peter Bartlow has been an art dealer since 1972, when he launched his first gallery in Columbus, Ohio. He closed the Columbus shop to open this Chicago gallery. A past exhibit displayed the oils, watercolors and drawings of Colombian artist Willy Ramos. Featuring flowers alongside cityscapes, the exhibit contrasted a colorful flair and a moody, hard edge. Ramos's Adler Planetarium a pencil-on-paper drawing is another notable work. The drawing, bursting with thick lines and structural elements, is a deeply Impressionistic, joyful reflection of a Chicago landmark. Prints are available for purchase, including a 1947 Picasso lithograph and a Miro aquatint.