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Art Institute Gives Retiring Director a Ferris Bueller-esque 'Day Off'

By David Matthews | December 17, 2015 2:31pm | Updated on December 18, 2015 7:16am

DOWNTOWN — The Art Institute's president is retiring, so the Downtown museum gave him a Bueller-esque "Day Off."

The museum, 111 S. Michigan Ave., posted a YouTube recreation of the famous Art Institute scene from "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" in honor of Douglas Druick, who is retiring as its president and director. 

Druick, who's spent 30 years at the Art Institute and the past four in its top post, announced his departure in October. He is credited with helping open the museum's modern wing in 2009 and bringing many acclaimed exhibitions to the art museum. 

The writer and director of the 1986 film, John Hughes, was a Chicago area native and once said he chose the Art Institute for the movie because, as a high schooler, it was "a place of refuge" for him. In one scene, the Cameron character stares at the pointilist piece "A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte" by George Seurat because, said Hughes, The more he looks at it, there's nothing there. He fears the more you look at him, the less you see."

It's a cute video. But how does it compare to the original? See below: 

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