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I Got Rhythm: Art and Jazz since 1920

Tue, 06/07/2016 - 12:39

In his Author! Author! blog series, Museum president Gary T. Johnson highlights works that draw on our collection.

Ulrike Groos and Sven Beckstette. I Got Rhythm: Art and Jazz since 1920 / Kunst und Jazz Seit 1920. Stuttgart, Prestel (2015).

Ulrike Groos is the director of the Kunstmuseum in Stuttgart, Germany, and this is the catalogue from the museum’s exhibition “that exemplifies the close connection between jazz and the fine arts.” The timing of the exhibition has a Chicago connection: “100 years ago, on July 11, 1915, a daily newspaper in Chicago published an article in which the term ‘jazz’ appeared probably for the first time in connection with the Afro‐American music style of the same name.”

Women Who Changed the World

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 12:52

In his Author! Author! blog series, Museum president Gary T. Johnson highlights works that draw on our collection.


Laurie Calkhoven. Women Who Changed the World: 50 Amazing Americans. New York: Scholastic (2015).

This is a book for children that, not surprisingly these days, includes an edition on Kindle. Among the fifty women is Chicago’s Jane Addams.