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Chicago Museums in October: 17 Things to See

Daniel Clowes closes at the MCA, the treasures of Walt Disney come to the MSI, and the Art Institute hosts the work two trailblazing women.

Photo: Daniel Clowes / Museum of Contemporary Art

There’s still time to catch Modern Cartoonist: The Art of Daniel Clowes at the Museum of Contemporary Art.

Art

ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO
10/12–1/12 Amar Kanwar, from New Delhi, shows her 2007 film The Lightning Testimonies, which gives personal accounts of rape in India.
10/17–1/9 Violence and Virtue: Artemisia Gentileschi’s “Judith Slaying Holofernes.” The trailblazing female painter’s masterpiece travels from Florence to be displayed here.
111 S Michigan. artic.edu.

DEPAUL ART MUSEUM
Through 11/24 Paul D’Amato: We Shall. The photographer doesn’t sugarcoat his subject matter: the lives of the socially dispossessed trapped in a wasteland—specifically, African Americans on Chicago’s West Side, whom D’Amato has been photographing for a decade. 935 W Fullerton. museums.depaul.edu.

GRAY CENTER FOR ARTS AND INQUIRY
Through 10/20 The activist Daniel Tucker and the University of Chicago art history professor Rebecca Zorach commissioned five artists to create works in response to Chicago’s radical and political art history. 929 E 60th. never-the-same.org.

HYDE PARK ART CENTER Free!
Through 12/1 Light and the Unseen. Seven artists use light as material and metaphor to explore the outer reaches of the eyeball and the mind.
Through 1/13 A Study in Midwestern Appropriation. This 37-artist-strong exhibition examines the region’s artistic influences. 5020 S Cornell. hydeparkart.org.

MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART
Through 10/6 13th Ballad. The museum’s massive atrium holds remnants from Theaster Gates’s recent urban revitalization projects, including objects imported from Hugenot House in Germany and church pews from the South Side.
Through 10/13 Homebodies. The exhibit explores domestic existence with paintings, sculptures, video, and other media. There’s also a living room where the artist Dzine will do your nails.
Through 10/13 Modern Cartoonist: The Art of Daniel Clowes. If Chris Ware and Robert Crumb had a love child, it would be Clowes—who was born and raised in Hyde Park and returns to Chicago for a retrospective exhibition of more than 125 of his beautifully crude drawings.
Open Tue 10–8, Wed–Sun 10–5. Free (kids under 13) to $12; free Tue for Ill residents. 220 E Chicago. mcachicago.org.

RENAISSANCE SOCIETY
Through 12/15 Suicide Narcissus. Eight international artists tackle the difficult subject of self-harm. U of C, 5811 S Ellis. renaissancesociety.org.

SWEDISH AMERICAN MUSEUM
Through 11/24 Michael Söderlundh. The Swede’s eccentric visions of peculiar narratives hidden in landscapes are rendered in a symbolist, painterly style. 5211 N Clark. swedishamericanmuseum.org.

 

History & Culture

ADLER PLANETARIUM Child Friendly
Through 4/1 Cosmic Wonder. The latest show in the spacious Grainger Theatre permits visitors to gawk at jaw-dropping shots of the Crab Nebula and Orion. Open daily 9–4:30. General admission $8–$12. Packages $18–$28. 1300 S Lake Shore. adlerplanetarium.org.

CHICAGO HISTORY MUSEUM
Through 1/4 Vivian Maier’s breathtaking black-and-white photos of Chicago in the 1960s.
Through 1/5 Ebony Fashion Fair. Dazzling designer garments from the archives of the famed traveling fashion show on custom-made mannequins.
Mon–Sat 9:30–4:30, Sun 12–5. $14; $12 students, seniors. 1601 N Clark. chicagohs.org.

DUSABLE MUSEUM OF AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY
Through 11/20 KKK—Kin Killin’ Kin. James Pate’s charcoal drawings and colorful paintings combine symbols of African cultural heritage with urgent scenes of urban gun violence. Tue–Sat 10–5, Sun 12–5. Free–$10. 740 E 56th Pl. dusablemuseum.org.

FIELD MUSEUM Child Friendly
10/25–9/7 Opening the Vaults: Wonders of the 1893 World’s Fair. The museum reveals artifacts from the famous fair.
Through 1/5 Creatures of Light: Nature’s Bioluminescence. This show illuminates the many life forms that produce light.
Open daily 9–5. General admission free (kids under 3) to $15; all-access passes $21–$30. 1400 S Lake Shore. fieldmuseum.org.

 

Science, Nature, Kids

MUSEUM OF SCIENCE AND INDUSTRY Child Friendly
10/16–2/17 Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives. Look through more than 300 drawings, scripts, and costumes from the icon’s films. Timed-entry tickets required, $7–$9, not including general admission. Open daily 9:30–4. General admission free (kids under 3) to $18. 57th and Lake Shore. msichicago.org.

SHEDD AQUARIUM Child Friendly
Through 10/31 Stingray Touch. Don’t worry; the slippery creatures in this outdoor exhibit—new this year—have had their barbs clipped. A guide is on hand to answer questions. Open daily 9–6. General admission $6–$8; all-access passes $28.95–$68.95. 1200 S Lake Shore. sheddaquarium.org.

 

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