Chicago’s Art Scene Gets the Pacific Standard Time Treatment

Colored prints of Chicago's Willis Tower, Marina City, and Hancock buildings. Photo: Jim Nedza, Design Slinger Studio.

Chicago’s contributions to art and design over the past century or so will take center stage in a new Pacific Standard Time-like art exhibition and scholarship initiative from the Windy City’s Terra Foundation for American Art, reports the Art Newspaper.

The new project will take place over the next three years, culminating in a series of exhibitions in the greater Chicago area in 2018. The Terra Foundation, which supports exhibitions and research worldwide, will now focus its efforts on its hometown, funding new research projects in the surrounding area in the coming years.

Additional details will be announced later this fall, but participating institutions are expected to include the Art Institute of Chicago and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. Since shuttering its museum doors in 2005 to focus on grant-making and lending its artwork, the Terra Foundation has given some $50 million in funding to close to 500 projects and exhibitions in over 30 countries.

When the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time debuted in 2011, it brought international attention to the post-war rise of the Southern Californian art scene. The Terra Foundation hopes to foster similar appreciation for Chicago-based artists and designers active from the late 19th century through the end of the 20th century.

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