Art on theMart returned to Chicago’s downtown. Collaborating with Adler Planetarium, a blend of art and science is projected on the river side of theMart, the Art Deco grand building formerly known as the Merchandise Mart. Introduced in 2018, Art on theMART is the largest such digital art projection in the world.
Presented in partnership with the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, “Astrographics” consists of four movements (Earth, Other Worlds, Stars and Beyond) exploring ways people view the universe. Produced by Adler Planetarium, the visuals feature images from the world’s telescopes and works on paper from Adler’s collections. Music from the Sun Ra Arkestra archives from the Experimental Sound Studio accompany the images.
“The Astrographics video piece for Art on theMART celebrates our growing understanding of the universe and our place within it,” said Dr. Andrew K. Johnston, vice president of Museum Experience and Collections, Adler Planetarium. “We are excited for this opportunity to showcase the connections between science and the visual arts. It provides the Adler Planetarium a unique opportunity to remind the public of these connections, blending art and science to introduce new audiences to discover the wonders of the cosmos.”
In conjunction with the Art Institute of Chicago’s exhibits “Monet and Chicago” and “Butler: Portraits,” previously shown works by Monet and Butler accompany “Astrographics” through May 19. On May 20, art by graduating Chicago Public School seniors entitled “Hope Is a Light: Select Works from the Chicago Public School Class of 2021” will debut.
Running through August, Art on the Mart is shown 8:30–9 p.m. until May 1, when it moves to a 9 p.m. start time for the duration of the run. Because of the enormity of the projection, it is best viewed on the south side of the river and is clearly visible even from blocks away. It is an amazing production and just one more reason to visit the downtown area in the summer.
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