There are some museums where you go and see a piece of art that is recognizable in common culture. The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam holds The Night Watch by Rembrandt. The Louvre in Paris holds Mona Lisa by Da Vinci. The Metropolitan Museum of Art has Cypresses and the Museum of Modern Art in New York has The Starry Night by van Gogh.
Art Institute of Chicago has many commonly recognizable paintings.
Georges Seurat A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte – 1884 is an example of pointillism painting. 7 ft. x 10 ft. in size.
Grant Wood – American Gothic (1931)
Wikipedia describes American Gothic as one of the most familiar images of the 20th century and one of the most parodied works of art.
Vincent van Gogh – The Bedroom – 1889 (second version).
Vincent van Gogh painted three versions of The Bedroom. The first was for the arrival of Gauguin in the Yellow House where he lived in Arles. That painting resides in the Amsterdam Van Gogh Museum. This second version was painted in the asylum after Vincent had self-mutilated his ear.
Pierre-Auguste Renoir – Two Sisters (On the Terrace) – 1881
Art Institute of Chicago building itself is a comfortable space to walk. In five hours on a couple of trips I saw only a portion of the museum exhibits. The place is a huge museum.
The Woman’s Board Grand Staircase.
There are Asian, American, Antiquities, Impressionism and many other art exhibits. Multiple levels of Art Institute of Chicago means moving up and down in one area or across the museum on one floor.
Relax. Take it all in.
Older portion of Art Institute of Chicago established in 1879.
Modern section of Art Institute of Chicago.
Ticket prices are currently $23 adult; $17 for students 14 and up and seniors 65 or older. Chicago and Illinois residents may have discount rate admission times.
I have visited the museum twice. In 2010 the museum offered a weekly free admission day, but that is now restricted to Illinois residents. In 2011 the City of Chicago CVB provided a complimentary media trip in coordination with a Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel press trip I attended.