The Power to Look

This video is part of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Art Explainer series.

How does what you see in an artwork tell you how to look? Using three artworks from the Art Institute’s collection, this video unpacks a central theme and uses innovative visual storytelling to highlight the choices artists made to shape form and meaning in their works. Ultimately, it shows that each of us already possesses a powerful tool for making sense of art: looking closely.

The following works from the Art Institute of Chicago appear in this video:

Grant Wood, American Gothic
Yoruba Crown from Nigeria
Gustave Caillebotte, Paris Street; Rainy Day
Cindy Sherman, Untitled #92

Cite this page as: Art Institute of Chicago, "The Power to Look," in Smarthistory, January 25, 2018, accessed June 17, 2024,