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Dozens Arrested at Pro-Palestine Encampment at Chicago’s Art Institute

Dozens Arrested at Pro-Palestine Encampment at Chicago’s Art Institute

Dozens of pro-Palestine protestors were arrested on Saturday at an encampment at the Art Institute of Chicago, one of the nation’s most heavily attended museums. The People’s Art Institute, a group run by students at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, said on Instagram that it was seeking for the museum and the university to “divest from all entities and individuals financially supporting the Zionist occupation of Palestine.” An encampment was set up on Saturday in the Art Institute of Chicago’s North Lawn, where protestors demonstrated in view of famed outdoor sculptures by David Smith and Henry Moore. According to the New York Times, the school asked the protestors to move and proposed an alternate location. They did not do so, according to a museum spokesperson, who said that some protestors “surrounded and shoved a security officer and stole their keys to the museum, blocked emergency exits and barricaded gates.” Related Articles The Chicago Police Department said on social media that it arrived at the encampment on Saturday morning “to maintain the safety …

Court Rules Art Institute of Chicago Is ‘Good Faith Possessor’ of Disputed Egon Schiele Work

Court Rules Art Institute of Chicago Is ‘Good Faith Possessor’ of Disputed Egon Schiele Work

The Art Institute of Chicago has secured a temporary legal win in an extensive dispute with the heirs of Fritz Grünbaum, an Austrian Jewish art collector who was disenfranchised during World War II. In a decision filed on February 28, Judge John G. Koeltl sided with the museum, enabling it to continue to hold Egon Schiele’s painting Russian War Prisoner (1916) in its collection. The judge dismissed a motion the collector’s relatives had filed, asking the court to reconsider a claim from the fall that halted their attempt to get the painting restituted. Related Articles The Art Institute of Chicago previously litigated the claim in a federal court, where a judge ruled in its favor in November 2023. Grünbaum’s descendants, Timothy Reif, David Fraenkel, and Milos Vavra, have tried to recover the work, a portrait of a seated male soldier, alleging that it was illegally acquired and inventoried by Nazi officials after Grünbaum was forced to relinquish his assets and later imprisoned. According to court documents reviewed by ARTnews, Koeltl denied suggestions that the museum …

Artworks Not to Miss at the Art Institute of Chicago

Artworks Not to Miss at the Art Institute of Chicago

Even if you have never set foot in the Windy City, you may still feel as if you’ve ambled through the Art Institute of Chicago. No American art museum, besides the Met in New York, has so embedded itself in the popular imagination, whether through the iconic montage of Ferris Bueller and pals visiting the museum in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off or via the classic Parker Brothers board game Masterpiece, whose 1996 version features works from the Art Institute’s collection. Yes, American Gothic, Nighthawks, and A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte are all must-sees. But there are plenty of other treasures that are just as worthy of your time—if you know where to look. With the help of Art Institute curators, we have gathered 20 of them here. Follow along with the Art Institute’s handy online map here. Narcissa Niblack Thorne, Thorne Miniature Rooms, c. 1937–40 (Gallery 11) Image Credit: Courtesy the Art Institute of Chicago. Upon entering the Art Institute from Michigan Avenue, it’s likely your eyes will immediately be …

Jewish students sue Harvard, accusing it of antisemitism on campus

Jewish students sue Harvard, accusing it of antisemitism on campus

BOSTON (AP) — Several Jewish students have filed a lawsuit against Harvard University, accusing it of becoming “a bastion of rampant anti-Jewish hatred and harassment.” The lawsuit filed Wednesday mirrors others filed since the Oct. 7 Hamas attack on Israel, including against The Art Institute of Chicago, New York University and the University of Pennsylvania. In the Harvard lawsuit, the plaintiffs include members of the Students Against Antisemitism, Inc. They accuse Harvard of violating Jewish students’ civil rights and allege that the university tolerated Jewish students being harassed, assaulted and intimidated — behavior that has intensified since the Oct. 7 attack. “Mobs of pro-Hamas students and faculty have marched by the hundreds through Harvard’s campus, shouting vile antisemitic slogans and calling for death to Jews and Israel,” according to the lawsuit. “Those mobs have occupied buildings, classrooms, libraries, student lounges, plazas, and study halls, often for days or weeks at a time, promoting violence against Jews.” It was unclear what the reference to mobs in the lawsuit refers to, but the university has been rattled …