In support of the 360 Degree season the Art Institute has assembled a wide array of concerts, conversations, lectures, performances, readings, and symposia, featuring internationally renowned musicians, writers, thinkers, and performers. Click on the headings for a chronological listing of each event type.
Concerts and Performances
The Art Institute presents an extensive array of musical programs, capturing the world’s great diversity of captivating sounds. Art commentary provides an intriguing glimpse into the cultural atmosphere surrounding highlighted composers, artists, and musical traditions.
Presented with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
Discussion with noted actors, musicians, and singers are coupled with performance in these fascinating events, offering an expansive perspective on the evening’s chosen topic, whether it concerns avant-garde productions of Eugene O’Neill plays in Brazil, the setting of Ceylon in Bizet’s opera The Pearl Fishers, or more.
Presented with such renowned Chicago institutions as the Chicago Opera Theatre, Goodman Theatre Chicago, Lyric Opera of Chicago, and Steppenwolf Theatre.
Leading museum directors, scholars, historians, and curators discuss issues surrounding the historical effects of early global expansion, the challenges and complexities of globalization, and the responsibility that encyclopedic museums such as the Art Institute have for the world’s art.
Presented with the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.
Celebrated poets, many of whom divide their time between various locations around the globe, read work that powerfully transcends linguistic and political borders.
Presented with the Poetry Foundation.
The Art Institute welcomes a panel of experts for two days of lectures and discussions around the exhibitions Drawn to Drawings: The Goldman Collection and The Divine Art: Four Centuries of European Tapestries.