This exhibition highlights the career of Chicago artist Robert Middaugh (1935-2011). Middaugh paintings and assemblages presents us with strange, fantastic structures and machines inhabiting a mysterious, deserted world. Middaugh's work pulls together several strands of thought—Surrealism, Magical Realism, Precisionism—along with his unerring palette of broad, flat color and precisely rendered images. Time stands still in these places; the future and nostalgia coexist. The purpose or logic of these man-made worlds is subverted by an absurd, magical atmosphere.
The Illinois State Museum will open its doors free of charge as part of Smithsonian magazine’s thirteenth annual Museum Day Live!, an initiative in which participating museums across the US open their doors for free to those who download a ticket.
Domestic animals, and especially pets, have played an important role in human history. Come learn about pets in the past and how you and your pets can contribute to the health of the planet in the present and future.
The acoustic worldbeat duo Patchouli is comprised of Wisconsin songwriter Julie Patchouli and guitarist Bruce Heckles. They light up the air with sparkling acoustic sounds and their powerful contagious chemistry.
Dr. McEuen and her lab’s work at the Nature Conservancy’s Emiquon restoration involves tracking the floristic quality of the tallgrass prairie restorations through time and testing whether certain plant species may be better candidates for restoration.
In conjunction with the current exhibition Kings & Queens: Pinball, Imagists and Chicago, the Illinois State Museum will hold a special screening of the award winning film Hairy Who & The Chicago Imagists.
The blues and roots music duo Joe Filisko and Eric Noden make an unforgettable impression. They are expert practitioners of harmonica and guitar styles that defined the blues in its earliest days but are now all too rarely heard.
Where does our food come from? Children can harvest “corn,” learn where hamburgers come from, and make agriculture art. Hot Air Creations will also be making balloon farm animals for visitors to take home!