Featured events in April 2020
The Chicago History Museum's latest exhibition demonstrates the influence that Hollywood held over fashion during the Great Depression, displaying a collection of glitzy gowns made by designers and at-home dressmakers. You'll find garments on display from Paris, New York and Chicago, made by designers like Chanel, Vionnet, Valentina, Paul du Pont, Howard Greer and Adrian.
In 1963, the KKK bombed the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, killing four young black girls. To commemorate the event and pay tribute to the lives lost, Bey displays a series of side-by-side contemporary portraits, one of a child the same age as the slain children, the other of an adult the same age as the victims would have been in 2013.
The Art Institute assembles the first survey of artist, poet and activist Gregg Bordowitz’s career, beginning with his gay-rights and AIDS documentary, some aspect of a shared lifestyle. Named for a song by the Ramones (one of Bordowitz’s favorite bands), the exhibit also features examples of his poetry, site-specific installations and his recent explorations of televised stand-up comedy.
Experience the life of Alexander Hamilton at this stand-alone exhibition, created by the team behind the hit musical Hamilton. Debuting in Chicago, "Hamilton: The Exhibition" takes visitors on a journey from a trading post in St. Croix to the New Jersey hilltop where the Founding Father was shot in duel, using imaginative environments (created by the Broadway production's set designer David Korins) to immerse guests in the historical tale. Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda serves as the exhibition's narrator (via a high-tech headset), fleshing out details as you make your way through the display and listen to rearranged music from the Broadway show. Highlights of the 20,000-square-foot experience include a moving sculpture representing the hurricane that brought Hamilton to America and a 70-foot parchment map of Manhattan circa 1772 outfitted with scale models of key locations, like Fraunces Tavern and King’s College.