Our Digital Best of 2021

While the year has challenged us in many ways, it has also been rewarding for the work it has enabled us to do, the work you have inspired us to do.

Throughout the year, a true interdepartmental team has helped produce many articles, videos, highlights and interactive features, always with the aim of informing and uplifting, entertaining and engaging. As 2021 draws to a close, we would like to highlight some of the highlights and share a dozen examples of our favorite digital content from the past year.


Discover the projects and stories that fascinate our staff, whether it’s gaining insight into the emotional core of an artist’s creative process, breaking down the chemical makeup behind the magic of color, or exploring the importance of a moral center for the work of an artist.

# 1: The portraits of the people of Bisa Butler

Curator Erica Warren explains how Butler’s quilts breathe new life and liveliness into the subjects of archival photographs.

# 2: Color, chemistry and creativity at Monet Water lilies

Research conservator Kim Muir and conservation scientist Ken Sutherland offer insight into the history and composition of key pigments in one of Monet’s iconic paintings.

# 3: K├Ąthe Kollwitz: an art of resistance

The artist knew she had a difficult task, says curator Jay A. Clarke, but never backed down from her beliefs.


Take a digital tour of our collection and dwell on the works of art that touch you, whether it’s the creative connection between music and art, the importance of art for the identity of our nation or the indefinable link between a city and its art and its artists.

# 1: Bisa Butler’s Reading List

Artist Bisa Butler and her longtime DJ husband chose this selection of songs to pair with each of her quilts as well as other works from the museum’s collection, all on display in Can Butler: Portraits.

# 2: Obama White House Artists

The Obamas not only selected two groundbreaking contemporary artists, Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald, to paint their portraits, but as President and First Lady, they also presented an inclusive art collection to the White House.

# 3: Chicago Connections

Join in a civic celebration with this tour showcasing works by Chicago artists as well as works intrinsically linked to our city.


Did we say a dozen? We thought we would add a non-digital favorite to make it a baker’s dozen.

# 13: Catalog for Can Butler: Portraits

This catalog has been so popular that we are continually selling it online. At the time of writing, we have a few copies available in our on-site museum shop. Come see us the next time you visit our galleries.

On the way to a healthy and auspicious 2022.


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