Exploring Art at the Library

If you’re stopping by YOUmedia to hang out or simply returning books at the downtown Chicago Public Library, why not take a moment longer to relax and reflect? Put on some jazzy tunes to set the mood and explore all the wonderful artwork that hangs on the walls of Harold Washington Library.

Witness the Events in the Life of Harold Washington on the first floor, a beautiful mosaic created by African-American artist Jacob Lawrence, known for portraying the history and struggles of African-American life.

On the second floor, you'll find the painting Goin' to the River for the Promised Land by feminist artist Hollis Sigler, known for her vibrant colors. In the book Hollis Sigler's Breast Cancer Journal, you are invited into a personal pictorial journey during the artist's fight with breast cancer.

Observe the story behind multi-faceted artist Faith Ringgold's The Winner on the fifth floor, a beautiful painted quilt which was the artist's specialty.

Every piece has a story to tell. Take some time to stop and look, and you just might find some inspiration!

For more information about other artists at the library, check out this booklist, and don't forget to share your adventure as a destination feature in our Teen Chicago Travel Guide.

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