Georges Seurat Masterpiece Comes to Life, Bursts into Song at Art Institute of Chicago

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By Stephanie Murg Comment


(Photo: Michael Litchfield)

Who says Pointillism is dead? Georges Seurat’s “A Sunday on La Grande Jatte—1884” (1884–86) came to life yesterday at the Art Institute of Chicago, where figures from the well-known painting appeared at the top of the Grand Staircase leading to the Impressionist Galleries. Standing in front of a full-sized replica of the beloved canvas that had been stripped of many foreground characters (thanks to the digital manipulations of Michael Lande), the costumed ensemble broke into song: “Sunday,” from Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Sunday in the Park with George. The painterly flash mob—alas, sans monkey—was out to promote Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s upcoming production of the the Tony- and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical, which opens September 26 under the direction of Gary Griffin, and features Jason Danieley as George and Carmen Cusack as Dot/Marie.