Review 2013: Not The Doctor: Chagall's America Windows

Art  After visiting TATE Liverpool’s superb Chagall: Modern Master exhibition in June, I quickly set about listening to as much material as I could about the artist, much of which was now entirely fascinating the context of having seen plenty of his most famous work. The San Diego Museum of Art has this lecture from Bella Meyer, the granddaughter of French artist Marc Chagall, who offers her take on flower bouquets in her grandfather's work. But my favourite new discovery was the America Windows at The Art Institute of Chicago, which were donated by the artist in 1977 and which have since been made famous because of their appearance in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (it’s where Ferris and Sloan kiss during the museum montage). They have recently been restored and reinstalled in the new modern wing of the Institute.  They have a moonlit, dream like quality and contain images symbolising Chicago and its commitment to the arts in the 60s and 70s, fostered under Mayor Richard J. Daley to whom they were dedicated.

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