Lecture: Exhibition Overview
November 19 at 1:30
Gallery Talks: Exhibition Overview
November 20 at 12:00
December 15 at 12:00
Lecture: “Cahokia: A Brilliant Twilight”
January 7 at 12:00
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, 10:303:30
Lecture: Exhibition Overview
November 18 at 6:00
Richard Townsend, curator
Demonstration: “Reviving a Lost Tradition”
Jereldine Redcorn (Caddo and Potawatomi), potter
December 9 at 6:00
Lecture: “Climbing the Stairway to Heaven: Native American Art, Ideology, and the Sanctity of Power in Ancient Eastern Woodlands”
January 20 at 6:00
F. Kent Reilly III, Texas State University
Workshop: “Tradition and Innovation: Native American Writers”
November 20, 1:003:00
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 19December 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
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, 12:303:30
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, 10:3011:30
Ages 35 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, 2:003:30
Ages 612 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, 1:001:30
Study Trip: American Indian Art of the Ancient Midwest and South
October 1617, 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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