If you believe in the fantastic powers of art, then you understand that art is more than visual beauty. Art locates potential. It helps us find the potential in ourselves. Is it odd that what we are able to create from, say, ink and paper, gives us a feeling of possibility? Is it odd that is gives us confidence? Certainly not! That feeling is a sense of capability. It is a sense of voice. And within that voice is a sense of power.
Art also helps us locate the potential in our society. Part of that finding is discovering the ways that our lives are part of a community. Art is a point of contact from one person to another and as a result, connects people who might not have otherwise participated in an exchange. These exchanges are realized potential.
In this way, art is not a component of a community. Rather, it is community, and we’re fortunate that Chicago’s is vibrant! Below are all of the best Chicago art events in 2020 that will inspire the artists of today and encourage the society of tomorrow.
Museum Of Science And Industry, Now through March 1, 2020.
View more than two hundred paintings, drawings, prints, sculptures, mixed-media, photography, and ceramics, created by black Americans.
Oriental Institute, University of Chicago, Now through June 13, 2020.
This exhibition is part of the Oriental Institute’s centennial year celebration. The pieces are inspired by works in the museum’s collection and are meant to connect our world to the ancient past.
Driehaus Museum, Now through March 22, 2020.
See the light through the ecclesiastic stained-glass windows produced between 1880 and 1925 by Tiffany’s.
Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago, Now through May 3, 2020.
The artwork in this exhibit comes from China and features forty-eight astounding creations from modest, everyday materials.
Museum of Contemporary Art, February 29 through May 10, 2020.
The artwork by Olowu plays with the intersection between art, fashion, and culture. It is his latest cultural project, this time spotlighting the city of Chicago.
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