Art as Medicine

Art as Medicine

People from around the world descend upon our city to visit the Art Institute of Chicago. People from around the world also travel to Chicago to receive specialized pediatric care at Lurie Children’s.

So, it only makes sense to combine the two, right?

The Art Institute of Chicago invites our patients and families to explore and discover 49 reproductions of paintings, sculptures, prints and decorative works of art from the museum’s collection. With young patients and their families in mind, the Art Institute selected works that reflect themes of home and family, animals and nature. Alongside these you will find kids’ interpretations of these artworks.

In addition to reproductions based on the collection, five artists designed original “Cornell’s boxes,” displayed in the care station desks at a child’s eye level. (Cornell’s boxes are small collections or assemblages displayed in a box, named for the 20th century artist Joseph Cornell, who created boxes and sculpture from found objects.)

And what would an Art Institute-themed floor be without a lion? Thanks to an anonymous donation, the nature-themed waiting room proudly displays a three-foot high replica of one of the famous Art Institute lions, across from a full wall-sized reproduction of Georges Seurat’s iconic A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte (pictured above).

Based on the images shown in the various waiting rooms, visiting children will be engaged with activities to spark some childlike exploration.

Art in waiting room
Art in the waiting room is kid friendly.
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