Museums: Contemporary in Chicago

For years Chicagoans have talked about founding a museum of modern art to complement the city's long-established Art Institute. But not until 1964, when 30 critics, collectors and dealers met at the home of Critic Doris Lane Butler, did plans get off the ground. And not until 1966 was President Joseph Randall Shapiro able to find suitable space for the new museum—in a handsomely renovated onetime bakery on East Ontario Street. There last week, with a rafter-raising cocktail party replete with macromesh dresses and one dead woodpecker hung around a girl's neck by Artist Ray Johnson, the new Museum of...