Hero, Hawk, and Open Hand



    Hand Cutout. Ohio, Ross County, Hopewell site; A.D.1–400; sheet mica; Ohio Historical Society, Columbus.


    Lecture: Exhibition Overview
    November 19 at 1:30
    Rubloff Auditorium

    Gallery Talks: Exhibition Overview
    November 20 at 12:00
    December 15 at 12:00
    Gallery 100

    Lecture: “Cahokia: A Brilliant Twilight”
    January 7 at 12:00
    Morton Auditorium
    Sally Kitt Chappell, DePaul University

    Symposium: “Ancient Objects, Living People, and New Visions: Recent Investigations of Aesthetics, Symbolism, and Functions in the Native American Art of the Early Eastern Woodlands”
    January 22, 10:30–3:30
    Fullerton Hall

    Lecture: Exhibition Overview
    November 18 at 6:00
    Fullerton Hall
    Richard Townsend, curator

    Demonstration: “Reviving a Lost Tradition”
    Jereldine Redcorn (Caddo and Potawatomi), potter
    December 9 at 6:00
    Price Auditorium

    Lecture: “Climbing the Stairway to Heaven: Native American Art, Ideology, and the Sanctity of Power in Ancient Eastern Woodlands”
    January 20 at 6:00
    Fullerton Hall
    F. Kent Reilly III, Texas State University


    Workshop: “Tradition and Innovation: Native American Writers”
    November 20, 1:00–3:00
    Morton Auditorium

    For more information or to register, click here.


    At scheduled times during the run of the exhibition, ancient objects will be brought to life by contemporary Native American artists-in-residence. Potter Jereldine Redcorn (Caddo and Potawatomi) and shell carvers Knokovtee Scott (Cherokee and Creek) and Dan Townsend (Cherokee and Creek) will demonstrate artmaking that has been acclaimed for reviving ancient traditions and motifs.

    November 19–December 31
    Artist Studio Space, next to Regenstein Hall

    For a full schedule of the artist-in-residence demonstrations, click here.


    All family programs meet in the Kraft Education Center.

    The Artist’s Studio: Copper Pendants
    Saturdays and Sundays in December (except December 12 and 26)
    Drop in between 12:30 and 3:30
    All ages
    Visit the exhibition, then use metallic papers and ancient Native American symbols to decorate a pendant to wear home.

    Marshall Field’s Family Festival
    Holly Days: Celebrate Ancient North America!
    December 29-31, 12:30–3:30
    All ages
    Enjoy the holidays at the Art Institute! Use a gallery game in the exhibition to discover art from ancient North America. Learn the art of shell carving as you watch a demonstration by artist Dan Townsend. Then visit the Kraft Center to create an engraved tablet of your favorite story. Free tickets are available at the information desk in the Kraft Center.

    Mini Masters: Clay Pots
    January 22, 29, 10:30–11:30
    Ages 3–5 with an adult
    The Mini Masters program includes a brief gallery visit and a playful, hands-on art activity. Registration is required. For more information or to register, call (312) 857-7161.

    Family Workshops: Faces from the Past
    January 22, 29, 2:00–3:30
    Ages 6–12 with an adult
    First, visit the galleries on a tour led by education staff. Then,create your own work of art to take home. Space is limited. Registration is required. For more information or to register, call (312) 857-7161 or click here.

    Story Time: Sky Stories
    Sunday, January 23, 1:00–1:30
    All ages


    Study Trip: American Indian Art of the Ancient Midwest and South
    October 16–17, December 11
    This overnight study trip and workshop explore the art, culture, history, and geography of the American Indians of the ancient Midwest and South. In addition to attending a one-day workshop at the Art Institute, teachers can also participate in an overnight field trip to Cahokia, Illinois, near St. Louis. This trip provides an intensive, on-site experience of the ancient settlement, placing the objects in the exhibition into a geographic context.
    Meets state goals in Fine Arts, Social Science, and Language Arts.

    Teachers may sign up for the overnight field trip, the one-day workshop, or both. In order to receive graduate or Lane credit, teachers must attend both the overnight field trip and the one-day workshop.

    For details and to register, click here.


    To schedule a student tour, please call (312) 443-3679 or click here.

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