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Edward Hopper. Nighthawks, 1942. Friends of American Art.

Celebrate American artistic vision.

You are invited to experience the rich diversity of artistic expression that defines the American experience. Following the highly successful citywide collaboration, Silk Road Chicago, American Perspectives brings together the Art Institute, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and the Poetry Foundation to celebrate the myriad artistic traditions that make us who we are as Americans. American Perspectives offers visitors the extraordinary opportunity to view groundbreaking exhibitions of American masters Jasper Johns, Edward Hopper, and Winslow Homer from a new vantage point. A lively assortment of performances, lectures, poetry readings, and gallery talks—featuring the work of some of the country's most prominent artists, writers, performers, and composers—examines the many and varied threads that create our historical and cultural fabric.

Reserve a space now for special ticketed events taking place this year at the Art Institute and Symphony Center.
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Join us on September 15
Art Institute
Free with museum admission

Help us kick off the American Perspectives season. Bring the whole family—there's something for everyone. The first 500 visitors to the museum will receive free admission. The day begins at 9:45 with jazz and rock on the Michigan Avenue steps and continues all day with readings by poet Edward Hirsch, musical performances by ragtime virtuoso pianist Reginald Robinson, a lecture by Richard Misrach, family programs, and gallery talks every hour from 10:30 to 3:30.


The Art Institute of ChicagoThe Art Institute of Chicago
A Season of Art

Celebrated for its world-renowned collection of Impressionist painting, the Art Institute is also home to one of the most comprehensive displays of American art in the nation. These two strengths play off each other in endless and intriguing ways, from artists such as Mary Cassatt who perfected their art abroad to savvy collectors who brought European treasures to Chicago to artistic pioneers like Grant Wood who advanced an artistic tradition rooted in America's landscape and culture. This year the Art Institute salutes American artistic vision, old and new, with special exhibitions of work by Winslow Homer, Edward Hopper, Jasper Johns, Richard Misrach, and Edward Ruscha, and a wealth of exceptional programming.

"A perspective is but one way to see the world."
—James Cuno, President and Eloise W. Martin Director of the Art Institute of Chicago

Chicago Symphony OrchestraChicago Symphony Orchestra
A Season of Music

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra is a highly acclaimed musical force in Chicago and around the world. Renowned for its sonic brilliance and artistic excellence, the CSO has a long and esteemed history rich in tradition and innovative in vision. This season, the CSO is proud to present works at Symphony Center and the Art Institute that provide a dynamic perspective on some of America's most influential composers and performers and their contributions to symphonic, jazz, and chamber music.


"Connecting through music inspires and excites the imagination."
—Deborah Card, president of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association


Poetry FoundationPoetry Foundation
A Season of Words

The Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry magazine, is one of the largest literary foundations in the world. An independent literary organization committed to a vigorous presence for poetry in our culture, it exists to discover and celebrate the best poetry and to place it before the largest possible audience. The Poetry Foundation seeks to be a leader in shaping a receptive climate for poetry by developing new audiences, creating new avenues for delivery, and encouraging new kinds of poetry through innovative literary prizes and programs. The Poetry Foundation Web site,, contains a searchable archive of more than 5,000 poems as well as articles, podcasts, and reading guides about poets and poetry. The Poetry Foundation is currently working on a new series of programs titled Poetry Across the Atlantic, designed to renew the venerable and important friendship between the poetries of the United States and those of the United Kingdom.

"Poetry is the animal that always escapes."
—John Barr, president of the Poetry Foundation

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American Perspectives at the Art Institute of Chicago is made possible by the following Season Ambassadors: Mrs. Beatrice Cummings Mayer of the Nathan Cummings Foundation and Jamee and Marshall Field.

Major funding for educational programming is provided by The Brinson Foundation. Family Programs are made possible by a generous grant from Kraft Foods. Student and Teacher Programs for American Perspectives are supported by the Polk Bros. Foundation, with additional support from The Barker Welfare Foundation and the Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company Foundation. Additional educational funding is provided by the Charles & M. R. Shapiro Foundation and the Siragusa Foundation. Partial support for public lectures provided by the Michael W. Louis Charitable Trust and the Terra Foundation for American Art. Air transportation for American Perspectives lectures and performances is provided by American Airlines.

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