Chicago has long been an artist's metropolis: murals grace buildings and bridges, sculptures can be found scattered throughout the city, our downtown streets play music when you pass. Our museums are among the finest in the United States, and indeed, the world. From street art to gallery exhibitions, Chicago has it all, and Hispanic artists are at the heart of this tradition of creative excellence. As part of Hispanic Heritage Month, we're shining a spotlight on some amazing artists and artworks, including:
The Chicago Picasso, one of the most recognizable landmarks in the city, was presented as a gift from artist Pablo Picasso to the people of Chicago. A stellar example of the cubist movement Picasso would become synonymous with, the Chicago Picasso has been a controversial piece of public art since its unveiling in 1967. A challenge to the eye that forces the viewer to consider outlines, contours and many different points of view, the Chicago Picasso is a visual puzzle you can explore any day of the week.
At the Art Institute of Chicago, you can find pieces by celebrated muralists Jose Clemente Orozco and Diego Rivera, two powerfully influential talents that ushered in Mexican muralism. In José Clemente Orozco, the master himself discusses his art as well as the politics and emotions that inspire him.
Rivera tells his story in My Art, My Life, a wildly entertaining autobiography that walks the line between truth and tall tale. Orozco and Rivera's shared legacy of creating politically minded public art is on display throughout the many murals and art displays in Chicago.
Check out Urban Art Chicago for a quick and fun self-guided tour of some of Chicago's beautiful mosaics, murals and public sculptures!
Share your favorite Hispanic artists in the comments, and help Chicago discover a new world of creativity!