Installation shot of Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity at the Art Institute of Chicago.
One of the biggest, most buzzed-about exhibitions in Chicago this summer explores Impressionism, which might be a turn-off to some people—i.e., anyone who’s had enough of 19th-century plein air paintings and portraits, or of gift shops overflowing with Water Lilies calendars and coffee mugs. But “Impressionism, Fashion and Modernity,” as critic Franck Mercurio points out in his review, “isn’t your mom’s Impressionist show.” Organized by the Art Institute, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Musée d’Orsay, the eye-opening exhibition brings together iconic paintings and the couture that inspired them. It’s on display at the AIC through September 22. See images and read our review here.