In the 1880s, James Ensor, a Belgian artist created the drawing “The Temptation of Saint Anthony“. Nearly six feet tall and made from 51 separate sheets of paper, this masterpiece is scheduled to appear in the Art Institute of Chicago‘s new exhibit, Temptations: The Demons of James Ensor. When this work comes to the Regenstein Hall of the AIC from November 23-January 25, it will be its first time leaving Belgium since 1950.
“The Temptation of Saint Anthony” displays the themes of greed and lust in a contemporary context. The work contains religious and theological motifs which depict aspects of Saint Anthony‘s life. The AIC has worked to improve and restore the drawing to its original 19-century condition.
Temptation: The Demons of James Ensor features several of James Ensor‘s other works as well as loans from the Royal Museum of the Fine Arts, Antwerp, and other institutions. This exhibit will provide a unique look into the tumultuous and fascinating life and works of James Ensor.
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Whiskey Wry Productions presents 2014 Causes A Scene, a satirical look into this year. If sketch comedy is your forté, this is the show for you. After a year of wild political scandals, Hollywood drama, and American triumphs, the witty cast of Whiskey Wry Productions set out to examine the shenanigans of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, the controversy over the Hobby Lobby birth control debate, The World Cup, and much more. This event will take place at Gorilla Tango Theatre in historic Bucktown, premiering November 29, and running every Saturday until December 19. Click for more information regarding this show, or to purchase tickets today!
Lions and tigers and bears — Oh my! The circus is coming to town, and you’d better get excited. However, this circus isn’t what you remember from your childhood, filled with boring clowns and cliché acts. The Legends Circus presented by the Ringling company at the United Center in downtown Chicago features a host of exciting new acts and characters, including the Thundering Cossack Warriors, a unicorn, a pegasus and a woolly mammoth! Legends is a show for all ages, so grab your grandma and your girlfriend and head on down from November 19 through November 30! For more information regarding this event or to purchase tickets, click here!