04/21/2005: Chagall Windows
This article in today’s Chicago Tribune is about the refurbishment of that Art Institute favorite: The Chagall Windows to get Hiatus.
Here’s a small snapshot we took on our Downtown Holiday last month of these beautiful blue glass art pieces:
”A crowd-pleaser since their installation in 1977, the Marc Chagall windows at the Art Institute will be temporarily removed May 2 to be cleaned while a new building wing is constructed.
The vibrant blue "America Windows," which have caught the attention of millions of Art Institute visitors, will be reinstalled in 2009 at the latest, once there is no longer any risk of damage to the windows, officials said.
Chagall, known for his colorful and fanciful work, designed the windows to commemorate the nation's bicentennial in 1976. After hearing about the death of Mayor Richard J. Daley, the Russian-born artist dedicated the windows to him.
The six panels, which together are 8 feet high and more than 30 feet wide, were placed strategically in the museum so they would be lit by natural light. Art Institute officials said the windows could be gone from two to four years and are expected to be returned to the same general area…”
Karen on 04.21.05 @ 07:49 AM CST