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Exhibitions - Art Institute of Chicago

Silk Road Chicago at the Art Institute
Through June 30, 2007
From September 2006 to June 2007, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and the Silk Road Project (a foundation established by renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma) will present Silk Road Chicago 2006–2007. At the Art Institute, Silk Road Chicago will be the largest and most ambitious themed exhibition ever mounted.
Through a series of installations, concerts, and educational programs, the three institutions will explore the transmission of art and culture across space and time, using the ancient trade routes from East to West and West to East as both historical fact and metaphor. The collaboration will culminate April 9–15, 2007, with the residency of the Silk Road Ensemble in Chicago. Performances, demonstrations, and concerts will take place at Symphony Hall and the Art Institute.

Young Chicago
November 16, 2006–April 29, 2007
Since the early 20th century, Chicago has continually fostered young design talents and established itself as a pivotal center for the arts. To celebrate this historical lineage of design and the 25th anniversary of the Department of Architecture’s founding, Young Chicago looks at the community’s diverse body of contemporary designers—who are not yet represented in the collection—to showcase the city’s ever-growing talents in architecture, industrial design, graphic design, and fashion. In the coming year, works from these studios will become part of the collection in keeping with the newly expanded mission of the renamed Department of Architecture and Design.

Silk Road Chicago at the Art Institute
Western Viewers, Eastern Subjects: Scenes of Empire from the Illustrated Plate Books in the Mrs. James Ward Thorne Collection
January 2-June 30, 2007
The Ryerson and Burnham Libraries
Britain’s triumph over France in the Seven Years’ War marked its emergence as a global power. The Franco-British Treaty of Paris, which was signed in 1763, gave Britain control over India, which in turn encouraged British Citizens to travel to the subcontinent. In the second half of the eighteenth century, a series of British military victories in India intensified the interest among the British public in the new colony and fed a publishing industry eager to supply visual information about Britain’s exotic lands to a curious and image-hungry public. Selections from the Mrs. James Ward Thorne Collection of illustrated books are evidence of the energy and imagination that went into the “picturing

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