Situated in downtown Chicago’s Grant Park, the Art Institute is one of the oldest and largest museums in the United States. At any given time, the museum houses various collections that are sure to capture the interest and imaginations of art lovers everywhere.
A few years ago, one of my all-time favorite architects, David Adjaye, was featured in an exhibit at the Institute that highlighted his particular concepts that brought the National Museum of African American History and Culture to life. My great friend Bob Wislow and I received a personal tour by David and he told us the behind-the-scenes story of the creation of the Museum. It was a truly fascinating story on both art and science.
At the moment, one of the featured exhibitions at the museum is “Monet and Chicago.” Over 70 pieces of the French Impressionist paintings are on display. For me, though, what truly captures my attention are the portrait quilts from artist Bisa Butler. Her use of textiles to create vibrant, colorful portraits seeks to capture the personal and historical narratives of Black life. The Bisa Butler: Portraits exhibition is a unique experience because the artist and her husband created a playlist to tie into the artwork. This joy for the eyes and the ears is available to visitors until September 2021.
Art is an incredibly powerful medium. It transports you to different times and dimensions, evokes strong emotions and thoughts, and can relay messages of both protest and peace. My love of art directly translates into my work in construction as well as my personal life. In my role at the Art Institute’s Business Council, I have the opportunity to both directly support artists in their endeavors and ensure that art lovers from all around the world will have the chance to enjoy the work of artists for years to come.