Don't call this one a retrospective. Yes, the Art Institute's exhibition of Barbara Kruger's work encompasses four decades of her career, but "THINKING OF
YOU. I MEAN ME. I MEAN YOU." isn't stuck in the past. Instead, the display takes Kruger's vintage works and presents it alongside new pieces that build upon them, unlocking new context and meaning. Spread throughout the museum, guests will find rooms wrapped in Kruger's imagery, installations in the Regenstein galleries and pieces that inhabit the exterior walls of the museum (as well as billboards, bus stops and storefronts around Chicago). Expect to see Kruger's biting sense of humor on display—often spelled out in big, bold letters.
The month of music festivals continues this weekend, as Riot Fest takes over Douglass Park, the Ear Taxi Festival's diverse lineup of concerts begins and the Englewood Jazz Festival presents a day of performances. It's also a big weekend for suburban Oktoberfest celebrations, with Metra accessible festivals taking place in Downers Grove and Tinley Park. Plus, you can head to Oak Park to explore 10 Frank Lloyd Wright-designed buildings, run a 5K race that ends in the home of the White Sox, shop more than 100 vendors at the Renegade Craft Fair in Wicker Park and explore a new Barbara Kruger at the Art Institute of Chicago. Fill up the next few days with even more of the best things to do in Chicago this weekend.
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