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How do museum directors spend their weekends?

This past weekend, I traveled to Chicago for SOFA (Sculpture, Objects & Functional Art Fair). This was the 17th year of the event and it was incredible as always. While I was there, I stopped in to the Art Institute of Chicago and saw the coolest installation by Jitish Kallat titled Public Notice:3.

From the Art Institute’s website: “In the first major presentation in an American museum of Jitish Kallat’s work, the contemporary Indian artist has designed a site-specific installation that connects two key historical moments—the First World Parliament of Religions held on September 11, 1893, and the terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on that very date, 108 years later. The resulting work, Public Notice 3, creates a trenchant commentary on the evolution, or devolution, of religious tolerance across the 20th and 21st centuries.”

Kallat has translated the text of a landmark speech given by Swami Vivekananda at the Parliament into an LED display on each of the 118 risers of the grand staircase. It is an incredibly powerful piece about religious tolerance that will be on display through May 1, 2011. I encourage you to see it if you’re in the Chicago area.

But now, I’d like to ask all of you a quesion. Have you seen an exhibition or work of art recently that has really moved you? I would love to “hear” your responses.

Art Speaks. Join the Conversation.
Nannette Maciejunes
CMA Executive Director

Jitish Kallat Public Notice:3

Jitish Kallat Public Notice:3

Jitish Kallat Public Notice:3

Jitish Kallat Public Notice:3

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One Response to How do museum directors spend their weekends?

  1. Jeannie Sperling says:

    My husband and I spent Thanksgiving week in Boston. One highlight of our trip was our visit The Museum of Fine Art’s new American Wing. Four levels of their American collection are now housed there. A wonderful exhibition! However, I found myself comparing our own American collection to theirs AND the way they chose to hang the artwork. I am eagerly looking forward to our new reinstallation. It promises to be innovative, creative and WONDERFUL (from what I’ve heard during my docent trainings). We have so much to be proud of at the CMA: great art and an incredible museum staff who demonstrate a wonderful vision for our museum. I am eagerly looking forward to the reinstallation on January 1st!

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