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Teen Audio Guide

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Experience the museum through sounds and stories produced by Chicago teens.
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Expand your perspective on the Grand Staircase. Meditate to an original soundscape in the Ando Gallery. Connect with contemporary art through spoken word by some of Chicago’s best young poets. Immerse yourself in the ideas, interpretations, and creativity of Chicago youth.

The Teen Audio Guide is available for free on the Art Institute of Chicago Official Mobile app. You can also rent the audio guide at one of the museum’s audio guide counters or listen to the guide using the audio embedded below.

Sculpture composed of irregular pieces of steel resembling a human figure.
Hero Construction, 1958
Richard Hunt
  • A work made of glass.
    Paperweight, 1848
    Compagnie de Saint Louis
  • Ando Room
  • A work made of oil on canvas.
    Nightlife, 1943
    Archibald John Motley Jr.
  • Blue stained glass windows depicting angels, musicians, trees
    America Windows, 1977
    Marc Chagall
  • A work made of oil on canvas.
    The Shelton with Sunspots, N.Y., 1926
    Georgia O’Keeffe
  • A work made of acrylic on canvas.
    Starry Night and the Astronauts, 1972
    Alma Thomas
  • A work made of chromogenic print; edition three of ten, with two artist's proofs.
    Untitled #86, 1981
    Cindy Sherman
  • A work made of chromogenic print; edition number two of two, with one artist's proof.
    Untitled (girlfriend), 1993
    Richard Prince
  • Wall installation of gray letters and numbers spelling out words and dates in English.
    “Untitled”, 1989
    Felix Gonzalez-Torres
  • A work made of acrylic on canvas.
    Mr. Pointy, 2011
    Takashi Murakami
  • Painting of stark landscape populated by strange figures, everyday objects, and a burning giraffe.
    Inventions of the Monsters, 1937
    Salvador Dalí
  • The Teen Audio Guide was created during the 2017–18 Teen Council program, by Teen Council members Lucia Atilano, Rashmi Bajaj, Dorien Baker, Michael Barclay, Liam Bradley, Zimra Chickering, Nicole Fanelli, Walela Greenlee, Sesash Gutierrez, Gabriela Iturralde, Rahzel Lawrence, Hira Siddiqui, Mia Smith, Crushelle Triplett, and Alizha Vernon. The audio guide features contributions from Young Chicago Authors poets Luis Carranza, Patricia Frazier, and Kee Stein, as well as DJ Boi Jeanius.

    Teen Programs are partially supported by an IncentOvate Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events.

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