Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Final Fantasy: Our Last Minute Gift Guide

The stockings are hung by the chimney with care...better make sure there's something in there! So the holidays snuck up suddenly again? While there's no shame in that game, we've got you covered with unique finds to fulfill the fantasies of everyone on your list! 

First, for the festive fashionista, we've got the perfect accessories to style them sophisticated well into the new year.

Romantic Silk/Wool Scarf - Pomegranate

For your favorite lover of all things holiday, how about many merry mementos for the mantle or anywhere that satisfies their decorative desire!


  
Architecture appreciator? Build bountiful goodwill with gifts that will ornament their home and generate joy.   
 

Lover of local? Our ties guarantee gifting and sartorial success,


Finally, Feliz Navidad for the big kids in your life! Peruse our playful presents that are sure to bring  smiles to their faces.

  

See? We've got you. It's not too late to grab great gifts for everyone on your list. From pretty to pragmatic to playful, you'll definitely please all the people. 

To view our entire collection of unique gifts, visit the Museum Shop online: https://www.artinstituteshop.org

Proceeds from all purchases support the Art Institute of Chicago's many programs. 





Thursday, December 7, 2017

No Lion: the Holidays are Here! Art Inspired Gifts that Give Back

We're not lion! You can give and give back at the same time. Get the perfect gift or holiday accessory for your home while supporting the arts and featuring our favorite feline! Our iconic lion sculptures by Edward Kemeys (American, 1843-1907) have guarded the museum's entrance since it opened for the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition. 

Read on and see suggestions to help you make merry and support the museum's mission as we roar through the holiday season.


The purrfect decoration for your tree is the latest addition to our lion collection. The Art Institute of Chicago Façade Ornament features the intricate detail of the museum's architecture, finely etched on stainless steel along with our prowling pair.



Help your mane human wear their support of the Art Institute of Chicago in style. Sage lions alight on a woven silver background to adorn our 100% silk tie. Meow!


Love attention to de tail?  Our cast poly resin Lion Bookends feature one with a tail up and other with tail down, reflecting our defiant guardians out front!


Finally, celebrate local pride. Add a piece of art history to your home with our replica of an 1939 Art Institute of Chicago exhibition poster featuring a printed image of our lion.

The holidays are here and there's no time for lion around. Snap up these icon-inspired items and support the arts with your purchase.

Happy Holidays from the Museum Shop!

To view our entire collection of unique gifts, visit the Museum Shop online: https://www.artinstituteshop.org

Proceeds from all purchases support the Art Institute of Chicago's many programs. 






Tuesday, December 5, 2017

What to Wear: Adorn Yourself for the Holidays

Holiday ornaments aren't just for trees. Adorn yourself with our Garland Jewelry and sparkle all the way through the season and beyond.  Read on for a sneak peek into the studio of the artist who brings us these beckoning baubles!


After attending the Rhode Island School of Design, our artist Donya Lynn O'Brien combined the skills she learned there with her commitment to domestic production and opened her own studio. As a result, her collection is entirely handmade in the USA in Greenport, NY, on the east end of Long Island.  


 The artist in her studio

Each ornamental embellishment is hand enameled, stacked, layered, wired and hand set into prong castings creating the signature "dimensional" look.  Unique pairings of new and vintage components, resin, wood, crystal and other assorted mixed media give these pieces their rich textures and color combinations.

Vintage Garland Link Bracelet

Donya created our pretty pieces with inspiration from the floral motifs and sumptuous colors found in the paintings of one of her favorite artists, Frida Kahlo. 
Who says holiday decor can't be whimsical and wearable, contemporary and classic? Our art inspired Garland Jewelry will add the right amount of visual interest to any ensemble. Go ahead, adorn yourself.

 Purchase our items form this collection here. 
 
Happy Holidays from the Museum Shop!

To view our entire collection of unique gifts, visit the Museum Shop online: https://www.artinstituteshop.org

Proceeds from all purchases support the Art Institute of Chicago's many programs. 



Monday, December 4, 2017

Shaken or Stirred? The Art of Entertaining


Mix form and function like a pro with unique home bar accessories and cocktail sets. Whether you're uncorking your favorite wine or shaking up vodka martinis, serve drinks in style with our chic bar supplies.


Our whimsically whiskered and perfectly pouty His and Hers Rocks Glasses will cultivate conversation at your gathering. 


Our modern Brass Bar Tools are the perfect present for the merry mixologist on your list!



Dress up your drinks with our glitzy glassware. With three distinct designs in glittering gold on a sleek silhouette, these glasses are easy to hold and behold.   



Our Cocktail Set is sure to get things shakin.' Combining minimal modernism with the warmth of a polished brass exterior, they'll make your party go and glow!


Beautify your bubbly with the sophisticated style of our Gold Accent Champagne Flutes. Just give your guests these glasses and watch the festivities unfold!
 

Decant go wrong with our swank Carafe. Sleek and hand-blown, it beautifully displays beverages while you wine and dine. The golden rim is contoured for comfort with a carefully curved lip for an impeccable pour.
Murano Glass Cat

Finally, if you're going instead of throwing, our cozy Murano Glass Cat is the purrfect host or hostess gift.

Happy Holidays from the Museum Shop!

To view our entire collection of unique gifts, visit the Museum Shop online: https://www.artinstituteshop.org

Proceeds from all purchases support the Art Institute of Chicago's many programs.



Tuesday, November 14, 2017

In Focus: Accessories at Artistic Intersections


Time for a brief introduction: Fashion, meet our old friend, Architecture. 
Architecture, this is Fashion. 

When dynamic artistic forms collide, magnificent magic can happen. Some of our newest accessories for fall are a fusion of fashion, art, architectural element and textile design technique.

 Each piece is sourced in the USA and hand fabricated in our designer's atelier in Brooklyn, NY by trained artists and metalsmiths.  Combining simple building materials such as bridge cabling and industrial ball chain with semi-precious stones, this line inhabits the intersections of industrial and feminine, ordinary and extraordinary. 

These lightweight pieces are practically polymorphic: moving with your body, they simultaneously alter and anchor any outfit.  Both linear and geometric, sculptural and functional, this versatile jewelry creates a statement without weighing you down.  

 Make a memorable impression at your art openings or holiday gatherings. Purchase these pieces here.

To view our entire collection of unique jewelry, visit the Museum Shop online: https://www.artinstituteshop.org

Proceeds from all purchases support the Art Institute of Chicago's many programs. 






Monday, November 13, 2017

In Focus: Beaded Apatite and Labradorite Jewelry

Beaded Apatite Stretch Bracelet

Put some boho in your ho-ho! During the hectic holiday season give gifts that impart serenity and peace of mind. Our Beaded Apatite and Labradorite jewelry collection features tranquil hues with a bohemian flair, perfect for the relaxed fashionista on your holiday shopping list.

The natural gemstones are first sourced in Uruguay from sites where emphasis is placed on fair trade and environmentally friendly mining practices. They are then designed and hand assembled into unique, one-of-a-kind works of wearable art in our artisan's Atlanta, Georgia studio. Rest assured that these placid pieces are simultaneously stunning AND sustainably sourced!

Purchase our Beaded Apatite Jewelry here.

To view our entire collection of unique jewelry, visit the Museum Shop online: https://www.artinstituteshop.org

Proceeds from all purchases support the Art Institute of Chicago's many programs.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Rodin: Sculptor and Storyteller

Rodin, Le Penseur (The Thinker), 1902, Gum bichromate print by Edward Steichen

"Art is contemplation. It is the pleasure of the mind which searches into nature and which there divines the spirit of which nature itself is animated."  -Auguste Rodin

Join the Art Institute of Chicago this fall in celebrating the life and work of iconic artist Auguste Rodin (French, 1840 - 1917). Open now, Rodin: Sculptor and Storyteller features rarely seen work from private collections juxtaposed with work from the museum's permanent holdings on the centenary of the artist's death. Get a glimpse here in our preview and then come see for yourself!

Young Mother in a Grotto,  Modeled about 1885, Cast about 1888-96, Bronze/ Despair, Modeled about 1885-90, carved 1893?, Marble

Rodin is widely regarded as a pioneering sculptor who was exceptionally influential on the trajectory of modern art. Early in his career, Rodin eschewed the stylistic formalism of the artistic academy for a naturalistic aesthetic that imbued his material with an unprecedented vitality. 

Head of Arthur Jerome Eddy, 1898, Bronze

A gifted sculptor and storyteller, Rodin's work conveyed psychological complexity through an exceptional focus on the individual. Believing character could be revealed through physical features, Rodin evinced emotion with meticulously textured surfaces and the interaction of shadow and light.

Standing Nude with Draperies, n.d., Watercolor and graphite on ivory wove paper/ Auguste Rodin, 1905, Gum bichromate print by Gertrude Käsebier

As Rodin's career progressed, he increasingly experimented with abstraction through formal exaggeration and fragmentation. This departure from classical ideals was an innovative approach to his subjects that would become an influential foundation for modern sculpture. 
The Thinker Sculpture - 11 3/4"/ Adam Sculpture - 18"/ The Thinker Sculpture 6"

Rodin: Sculptor and Storyteller is now on view at The Art Institute of Chicago through March 4th.  Learn more here: Rodin: Sculptor and Storyteller

Visit the Museum Shop online where you can find sculpture inspired by Auguste Rodin's work.

All purchases support the museum's various programs.