It is true that art museums are about the stubborn, matter-of-factness of things: the works of art. But access to the Art Institute’s collection has always been enhanced by words and reproduced images. With the launch of our redesigned Web site, we acknowledge the importance of digitized access to the works of art. (...)
(...) The Department of Architecture and Design focuses on national, international, and regional issues related to the built environment, as well as design expressions and manifestations. The collection comprises more than 250,000 architectural models, drawings, and fragments dating from the 1870s to the present day. There are significant holdings of works by David Adler, Daniel Burnham and John Wellborn Root, Bruce Goff, Bertrand Goldberg, Marion Mahony Griffin, Louis Sullivan, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, and Frank Lloyd Wright.