Marc Chagall’s America Windows Open to the Public

Have you ever seen the classic 80s movie Ferris Bueller’s Day Off? (“Anyone? Anyone?”) If so, try to recall that famous montage, showing Ferris, Sloan and Cameron spending part of their afternoon at the art museum. You might recognize the magnificent stained glass windows below from that popular scene in the film.

Marc Chagall, America Windows, Art Institute of Chicago

Marc Chagall, America Windows, Art Institute of ChicagoMarc Chagall. America Windows, 1977. A gift of Marc Chagall, City of Chicago, and the Auxiliary Board, commemorating the American bicentennial in memory of Mayor Richard J.Daley. © 2010 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris.

Over the last five years, visitors of the Art Institute of Chicago (AIC) may have been disappointed to learn that Marc Chagall’s America Windows were removed from display — until today.

On November 1, following an intensive period of conservation treatment and archival research, Marc Chagall′s stunning stained glass windows returned on public display.

In the following video, go behind the scenes at the AIC and learn about the history, conservation and reinstallation of Marc Chagall’s America Windows.


The Park West Gallery Chagall Collection

Marc Chagall was one of the 20th Century’s greatest Masters, creating unique works in virtually every artistic medium–paintings, book illustrations, stained glass, stage sets, ceramics, tapestries and fine art prints.

In our more than 40 year history, Park West Gallery has built one of the most extensive collections of Chagall works in existence. The collection includes examples of Chagall’s most important works, including The Bible, The Story of the Exodus, Fables of Fontaine, L’Odyssée, and Daphnis & Chloe, among others. The Chagall lithographs in the Park West Gallery collection reflect the artist’s innovation and expertise in the art of lithography and feature many of his most popular themes, including Biblical themes and Circus themes.

The Park West Gallery Chagall collection ranks among the world’s largest and finest in quality. 

If you are a collector, enthusiast or interested in learning more about the artist, please visit the Park West Gallery Chagall website at www.parkwest-chagall.com.

4 Responses to Marc Chagall’s America Windows Open to the Public

  1. Barbara Scharlau says:

    Marc Chagall has been my favorite artists for years Every time I travel I go to museums & galleries,churches & opera houses to look for Chagall works. I love the Chagall in Nice, France. My dream is to go to the Chagall Museum in Israel. I do have a painting by Yulia Langer, who is a wonderful artist much like Chagall works.
    I now planning a trip to Chicago to see the Chagall windows. Great video. Barb Scharlau

  2. Barbara Scharlau says:

    Love all of Marc Chagall works & his use of differ medias.
    Barbara Scharlau6

  3. Skyy says:

    Chagall is also my daughter’s favorite artist. (The plural of “medium” is “media,” not “medias”)

  4. Jeanie Mitchel says:

    Chagall’s windows are my favorite part of the Art Institute. I own 2 of the 8×11 replicas of the windows that the Art Institute used to sell. Really wish they would start selling them again. I wanted all 6 for my window.

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