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The Missing Link

POSTED BY , ON February 16, 2011, 10 COMMENTS

You are a curatorial assistant helping to put together an exhibition puzzlingly titled, Chain Links: Questionable Connections in Art. Although the theme of the exhibition has never been entirely clear, you have been told that many of artworks relate somehow to other works in the exhibition. The curator has even prepared a map showing how the works connect to each other. With only a few hours until your deadline to submit the final list of works in the show, you suddenly realize that the map file on your cursed computer has been corrupted, obscuring the identity of several of the works. Using your knowledge of art, the museum’s online collections database, and your wits, you must figure out which works are missing from the map. Click here to download.

Notes: The map is spread over two pages, with the bottom edge of the first page connecting to the top edge of the second page.  All of the missing works (labeled A-L) are in the collection of the Art Institute of Chicago, and are listed in the online collections database.

Hat tip to Chicago’s own The Puzzler, who inspired this puzzle with his recent series of chain-building contests.  For previous museum-themed puzzles from our blog, go herehere, and here.

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10 Responses to “The Missing Link”

  1. Rachel says:

    are the answers being posted anywhere?

  2. Catherine Thomson says:

    G= Ansel Adams, Mount Galen Clark (1927)
    L” Marcel Duchamp, Suzanne Duchamp, The Artist’s Sister, 1907
    F= Juan Gris, Portrait of Pablo Picasso, 1912
    J= Pablo Picasso, The Dove, 1949
    C=Mark Rothko, Untitled (Purple, White and Red), 1953

  3. Nancy McGourty says:

    Here it goes:

    C – Mark Rothko, Untitled (Purple, White, and Red), 1953
    F – Juan Gris, Portrait of Pablo Picasso, 1912
    J – Pablo Picasso, The Dove, 1949
    G – Ansel Easton Adams, Mount Galen Clark Yosemite Park, 1927
    L – Marcel Duchamp, Suzanne Duchamp, the Artist’s Sister, 1907

    How’d I do?

  4. Troy says:

    Catherine, all five are correct. Well done!

  5. Katie R. says:

    Catherine, congratulations! And Nancy, yours are correct as well – second prize for you!

    If you could both e-mail your mailing addresses to blog@artic.edu, we’ll get your mystery publications in the mail.

    Thanks for playing,
    Katie

  6. Troy says:

    5 down, 7 to go.

  7. J.J. says:

    More guesses:
    A=Yousuf Karsh, Frank Lloyd Wright, July 12, 1945

    B=Frank Lloyd Wright, Avery Coonley Playhouse: Triptych Window, 1912 or Coonley,
    Avery, House: Leaded Glass Window, 1908

    D=Man Ray, Marie-Berthe Aurenche, Max Ernst, Lee Miller, Man Ray, c. 1930

    E=Lee Miller, Joseph Cornell, 1932/34

  8. Cindy B says:

    E= Lee Miller, Joseph Cornell, 1932/34
    D= Man Ray, Marie-Berthe, Max Ernst, Lee Miller, Man Ray, 1930
    A= Yousuf Karsh, Frank Lloyd Wright, 1945
    B= Frank Lloyd Wright, Avery Coonley Playhouse Triptych Window, 1912
    H= Man Ray, Untitled (photo of an oil painting by Yves Tanguy), 1934

    This is the best I can do! Fun game!

  9. Troy says:

    Good work! I’m glad that so many people have enjoyed solving this. There were also a few answers submitted on the Art Institute of Chicago’s Facebook page. Here is the list so far:

    A — Yousuf Karsh, Frank Lloyd Wright, 1945
    B — Frank Llyod Wright, Avery Coonley Playhouse: Triptych Window, 1912
    C — Mark Rothko, Untitled (Purple, White, and Red), 1953
    D — Man Ray, Marie-Berthe Aurenche, Max Ernst, Lee Miller, Man Ray, c. 1930
    E — Lee Miller, Joseph Cornell, 1932/34
    F — Juan Gris, Portrait of Pablo Picasso, 1912
    G — Ansel Adams, Mount Galen Clark Yosemite Park, 1927
    H — Man Ray, Untitled (photo of an oil painting by Yves Tanguy), c. 1934
    I — ?
    J — Pablo Picasso, The Dove, 1949
    K — Mrs. James Ward Thorne, A37: California Hallway, c. 1940
    L — Marcel Duchamp, Suzanne Duchamp, the Artist’s Sister, 1907

    I think that K was particularly devious: a tiny painting by Leger appears in the California Hallway room. Can anyone figure out the last one, I? It is a little trickier than the others, although no special art knowledge is required.

  10. Troy says:

    For anyone still following along, the answer to I is:
    Jacques Gaston Duchamp Villon, Camille Renault, 1945