If You Only Have an Hour…

The contemporary art curator, James Rondeau, weighs in with five must-see works from the new Modern Wing.

American Collectors (1968), by David Hockney. A Brit’s take on L.A. in the 1960s. “It’s beautiful, but pop-related,” says Rondeau.

 

Gasthof zur Muldentalsperre (2002), by Peter Doig. Rondeau calls it a “tour de force of contemporary symbolist painting.”

 

Woman Descending the Staircase (1965), by Gerhard Richter. Fact: The Art Institute has one of the largest Richter collections in the United States.

 

Clown Torture (1987), by Bruce Nauman. This unsettling, six-video installation is integrated into a couple of galleries devoted to the Indiana-born artist.

 

Mirror in Six Panels (1971), by Roy Lichtenstein. “As abstract as he gets,” Rondeau says, adding that it’s the first painting visitors will encounter on the second floor.

 

Artwork: Courtesy of the Art Institute of Chicago

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