Public Art in Chicago

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Chicago is a world-class city for public art. Block Museum members, staff, and special guests recently visited some of the city’s most artful spots. The tour spanned the length of the city, from Rogers Park to Bronzeville. The works featured were equally diverse, ranging from a Marion Mahony Griffin mural situated within an elementary school, to the famous Picasso sculpture adjacent to the Daley Center, to Northwestern professor Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle’s La Tormenta (The Storm), displayed inside the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services building.

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Along the way, Lisa Corrin, the Block Museum’s Ellen Philips Katz Director, offered insight and shared her knowledge of public art. Corrin, who was the artistic lead for the Olympic Sculpture Park in Seattle, recently wrote about the work of Anish Kapoor, the creator of Cloud Gate in Chicago’s Millennium Park. You can read her article on the MIT website.

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