Art Institute Welcomes Back Famous Chagall Windows

Featured in Ferris Bueller's Day Off

By Elliott Beazley
|  Thursday, Oct 28, 2010  |  Updated 11:54 AM CDT
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Marc Chagall, French, b. Belarus, 1887-1985. America Windows, 1977. Stained Glass. 96 x 385 in. (244 x 978 cm) (overall) The Art Institute of Chicago, A gift of March Chagall, the City of Chicago, and the Auxiliary Board of The Art Institute of Chicago.

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Remember Ferris, Cameron, and Sloane's escapade into Chicago circa-1986?

It's hard to forget Ferris Bueller’s Day Off , and now a set of stained glass windows that figured into that trio's Art Institute trip are back in Chicago's conscience.

After a five-year absence, the Art Institute welcomes back Belarusian French artist Marc Chagall's "America Windows" which were popularized by the '80s movie.

Chagall gave the deep cobalt blue windows to the Art Institute in 1977 to commemorate the American Bicentennial in honor of Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley who died in 1976. The work is a nod to Chicago's support of public art in the '60s and '70s and features six panels depicting freedom of expression.

The stained-glass windows were removed in 2005 to protect them during construction of the Modern Wing and will return to the museum's east end Nov 1.
 

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