The Bessie Green-Field Warshawsky Gallery, The Mazza Foundation Gallery, and the Skyline Gallery of The Pritzker Foundation Special Exhibitions Wing
Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair
Open through May 11, 2014
Relive the experience of the Ebony Fashion Fair in this one-of-a-kind exhibition. Explore its fifty-year history and discover how Eunice Johnson overcame adversity to bring couture fashion to African American communities, while raising millions of dollars for charity. More than sixty garments, including works by Oscar de la Renta, Christian Dior, Stephen Burrows, Yves Saint Laurent, and Patrick Kelly help tell the story of this world-renowned fashion show and its redefinition of American beauty.
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KPMG and Paul and Katherine Snyder Community Gallery
Vivian Maier's Chicago
Continuing through summer 2014
Come witness the life work of a nanny turned photographer that wowed the world with breathtaking images of everyday life in Urban America. Discover Chicago faces and neighborhoods of the 1960s and 1970s from an entirely new vantage point.
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Sanger P. Robinson Gallery
Lincoln was a frequent visitor to Chicago; The city became his
second home and political headquarters during his rise to
prominence. This gallery features portraits of Lincoln’s contemporaries
with lithograph views of Chicago created in the 1860s. The pairings
provide a glimpse of the city that Lincoln knew—a dynamic young
metropolis on the verge of greatness.
The McCormick Foundation is the lead exhibition
sponsor of Lincoln’s Chicago. Education funding for Lincoln’s Chicago
is provided by JP Morgan Chase and the Terra Foundation for American
As president, Abraham Lincoln faced our nation’s greatest crisis—the Civil War. His resolve to save the Union and radical decision to end slavery transformed America. This intimate exhibition highlights Lincoln’s election in 1860, his leadership during the Civil War, and his tragic assassination. Together these stories honor a great leader whose legacy endures.
The Abraham Lincoln installation is supported by a gift from The Gupta Family with additional support from The Joyce Foundation in honor of Lawrence N. Hansen.
Kovler Family Lobby
What’s the most surprising thing about a collection made up of millions artifacts? A single artifact! This world-class collection holds the second largest costume collection in the world including clothing and accessories as well as thousands of linear feet of archives and manuscripts that make up the equivalent of forty-nine football fields or twelve Willis Towers. Unexpected Chicago is a way to reveal unexpected treasures of Chicago history a single artifact at a time.
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Unexpected Chicago is supported by a gift from The Jacob and Rosaline Cohn Foundation.
Jack Delano's Homefront Photography
Opens Saturday, April 5
Railroads and rail workers were essential to America’s victory in World War II. In 1942, the Office of War Information issued photographer Jack Delano a new assignment: document “railroads and their place in American life.” During the next several months, Delano captured three thousand images, two-thirds of them in the nation’s rail hub—Chicago.
Railroaders features more than sixty of Delano’s images, both black and white and early color photographs. Come explore the stories of Chicago railroaders. Meet the men and women who hustled on the rails, in the stations, and at the yards. Step inside a caboose. Help rail yard workers get trains ready for the road. Discover the legacy of Jack Delano’s efforts through the contemporary photographs of his son, Pablo.
This exhibition is presented in partnership with the Center for Railroad Photography and Art in Madison, Wisconsin. Exhibition sponsors include Bon and Holly French, Union Pacific Foundation, and CSX Foundation with promotional support provided by Metra.
The Naphtali ben Yakov Pritzker American History
What does freedom mean? To whom should freedom be extended? How are
denied rights gained? These are some of the questions the new American
history exhibition explores. Based on the central idea that the history
of the United States has been shaped by conflicts over what it means to
be free, this new exhibition uses images, artifacts, and interactivity
to explore familiar and not-so-familiar stories from the nation’s past.
From women's suffrage and the formation of unions, to Japanese
internment, to a local school boycott, the exhibition highlights some
of the ways Americans have struggled over the true meaning of
Chicago: Crossroads of America
Discover the city's vast history in Chicago: Crossroads of
America. Whether you are interested in Chicago's changing economy,
challenging crises, diverse neighborhoods, groundbreaking innovations,
or lively cultural scene, this exhibition is a must see!
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Konen Family Children's Gallery
Use your five senses to explore Chicago, uncover the past, and discover that history is all around you. The Konen Family Children's Gallery invites families to ride a high-wheel bicycle, hear the Great Chicago Fire, catch a fly ball at Comiskey Park, smell the city's past, and be a Chicago-style hot dog.
Tawani Foundation Diorama Hall
Our much-loved dioramas have been restored and are better than ever! Visit the Tawani Foundation Diorama Hall to learn the story of Chicago's rise from a desolate frontier outpost in 1804 to the bustling city that hosted the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893. Engaging details invite you to look closely and put history into a larger context.
This series of building-wide installations promises to surprise you from the moment you step in
the door. Highlights include a 1978 Chevrolet Monte Carlo lowrider, souvenirs from Chicago's
world's fairs, and Abraham Lincoln's deathbed.
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