In June, we described the Art Institute of Chicago’s newly reinstalled galleries of 18th- and 19th-century American art, which merge its holdings with a selection of works from the now-defunct Terra Museum of American Art. Now we review the Art Institute’s collection of American art dating from 1900 to 1950. It is mostly painting with a smattering of sculptures and decorative arts. Just two of the works on exhibition come from the Terra Museum and the remainder are from the Art Institute.
Two artists dominate this presentation: James McNeill Whistler, who is the key transitional figure between the 19th and 20th centuries; and Georgia O’Keeffe, who gave a definitive collection of modernist paintings to the Art Institute.