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The Extraordinary Chicago Interfaith Gathering That Introduced Asian Religions to America

Daniel Hautzinger

The 1893 World's Parliament of Religions that took place during the World's Fair in what is now the Art Institute of Chicago introduced Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and the Baháʼí faith to mainstream America. 

Edward Hopper's Iconic 'Nighthawks'

Daniel Hautzinger

Edward Hopper is the subject of a new American Masters documentary. His most famous painting – one of the most famous American images – was acquired by the Art Institute of Chicago the year he painted it. 

Take a Virtual Tour of the Art Institute (As It Was in the Past)

Meredith Francis

The Art Institute may be closed right now, but you can take a virtual tour of its vast collection, featuring insight from some of its curators, plus get to see what it was like twenty years ago, in an archival program from WTTW hosted by the late Brian Dennehy.

The Obama Portraits Are Coming to Chicago

Daniel Hautzinger

The official portraits of former President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama will be coming to the Art Institute of Chicago this summer on the first stop of a five-city tour.

The Story of the Art Institute's Iconic Lions

Daniel Hautzinger

The Art Institute of Chicago's Michigan Avenue Beaux Arts home opened 125 years ago after being used for the 1893 World's Fair. But what about the museum's iconic bronze lions? What are their origins?

Chinese Masterpieces at the Art Institute of Chicago

Daniel Hautzinger

Tao Wang, head of Asian Art at the Art Institute of Chicago, reveals his favorite works in the museum's Chinese collection and the surprising stories behind them. He guides a tour through Chinese art history and discusses his upcoming large exhibition, his first since coming to the museum. 
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