Chicago Tribune Names “Arte Diseño Xicágo” As Top Museum Exhibition of 2018
Guests viewing the National Museum of Mexican Art’s exhibition Arte Diseño Xicágo: Mexican Inspiration from the World’s Columbian Exposition to the Civil Rights Era. Photo by Jon Shaft.
In its year-end roundup of Chicago’s top ten museum exhibitions, the Chicago Tribune listed four exhibitions on view in 2018 as part of Art Design Chicago, calling the initiative “bold and broadly invigorating.”
The National Museum of Mexican Art’s Arte Diseño Xicágo: Mexican Inspiration from the World's Columbian Exposition to the Civil Rights Era captured the top spot on writer Steve Johnson’s list:
“The museum’s survey of Mexican-made and influenced art in the city demonstrated, with a bevy of vivid pieces, how interconnected everything has been.”
Art Design Chicago partner exhibitions listed are:
• Keep Moving: Designing Chicago’s Bicycle Culture (#10, on view through March 3, 2019 at the Design Museum of Chicago)
• Modern by Design: Chicago Streamlines America (#5, on view through December 1, 2019 at Chicago History Museum)
• Flesh: Ivan Albright at the Art Institute of Chicago (#3, presented May 4–August 5, 2018 at Art Institute of Chicago)
• Arte Diseño Xicágo: Mexican Inspiration from the World's Columbian Exposition to the Civil Rights Era (#1, presented March 23–August 19, 2018 at the National Museum of Mexican Art)
“The big dog this year in Chicago museums has been the bold and broadly invigorating yearlong Art Design Chicago initiative backed by the Terra Foundation for American Art (with help from the Driehaus Foundation). The ADC imprimatur (and funding!) was behind dozens of exhibitions, scores of public events, and reams of new research all finding fresh or deeper takes on the city’s visual arts history.” – Chicago Tribune
The article also includes a special mention of our cultural partners Art on theMART and the Newberry Library, and names additional favorites which were presented as part of Art Design Chicago this year: Chicago Calling: Art Against the Flow (on view through February 10 at Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art); The Time Is Now! Art Worlds of Chicago’s South Side, 1960-1980 (on view through December 30 at Smart Museum of Art); A Johnson Publishing Story at Stony Island Arts Bank; Up is Down: Mid-Century Experiments in Advertising and Film at the Goldsholl Studio at Block Museum of Art; and Never a Lovely So Real: Photography and Film in Chicago, 1950-1980 at Art Institute of Chicago.
Read “Best in Chicago Museums 2018” in the Chicago Tribune.