Those Blue Windows To Be Removed
By Sam Bakken in Arts & Entertainment on Apr 21, 2005 6:48PM
To prevent any possible damage during the construction of a 230,000 square-foot wing designed by architect Renzo Piano, Marc Chagall's "American Windows" will be removed temporarily from the Art Institute of Chicago on May 2, 2005. If you anticipate wanting to see the piece in the next four years, you'd better get down to the museum in the next week-and-a-half. The new wing isn't expected to be completed until 2009.
Chagall designed the windows to commemorate the United States' bicentennial in 1976, the same year that Richard J. Daley died. The windows were purchased with money provided by the City of Chicago in honor of the late Richie Daley. Interestingly enough, the 50th anniversary of Daley The First's inauguration was yesterday. We're thinking about holding a dead voter registration rally in front of the windows at which we'll promise Illinois to a yet-to-be-named democratic presidential candidate for 2008. Won't you join us, corpses?