Gilded Chicago: Portraits of an Era

Price — $0.00 – $20.00

Sat 8 Sep 2018 - Sun 6 Jan 2019

The companion exhibition to Beauty’s Legacy: Gilded Age Portraiture in America, this intimate gallery comprised of ten paintings will focus on prominent Chicago citizens and the portraits they commissioned during the late 19th and early 20th century.

Gilded Chicago: Portraits of an Era explores how the resurgence of portraiture manifested itself in Chicago. The exhibition includes ten paintings of Gilded Age Chicagoans—with familiar last names such as McCormick, Field, Pullman, and Nickerson.

One of the most striking portraits, by famed American artist William Merritt Chase, features a name that may not be as familiar to visitors. Myra Reynolds became one of the University of Chicago’s first English fellows in 1892, she earned her PhD and eventually became a full professor, making her career at the Hyde Park institution for over 30 years. Chase’s commission came from members of the university women’s residence, Nancy Foster Hall, which Reynolds led for decades.  The portraits will hang in the Gallery on the Museum’s first floor, the same room where the Nickerson family originally displayed their art collection which was donated to the Art Institute of Chicago in 1900. 


Gilded Chicago: Portraits of an Era

  • Mon-Fri Closed
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed

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