Window on the West: Chicago and the Art of the New Frontier, 1890–1940
Window on the West: Chicago and the Art of the New Frontier, 1890–1940



    All programs are free with museum admission unless noted otherwise (+).


    Performance: Voices: Pilot Poets and Painters
    August 7 at 12:00
    Fullerton Hall

    Lecture: Exhibition Overview
    August 27, September 24, October 22, November 26, December 17 at 12:00
    Gallery 227

    Performance: Voices: O’Keeffe—Sage and Sky
    September 18 at 12:00
    Fullerton Hall

    (+) Study Day: Aerospace Design in Chicago
    October 1, 9:30–4:00
    Please use Columbus Drive entrance.
    Call (312) 575-8000 for more information on this ticketed program. (after September 1)

    Lecture: Why Airplanes Look the Way They Do
    December 5 at 12:00
    Price Auditorium
    Tom Crouch, National Air and Space Museum


    Lecture: Modernism Takes Flight: The Impact of the Airplane on Art in the First Half of the 20th Century
    August 19 at 6:00
    Fullerton Hall
    Anne Collins Goodyear, National Portrait Gallery

    Lecture: The Future of Architecture, Design, and Aviation
    October 14 at 6:00
    Fullerton Hall
    Jeanne Gang, exhibition designer, and Anthony F. Springer, NASA

    Lecture: Women in Aviation
    October 28 at 6:00
    Fullerton Hall
    Marta Bohn Meyer, NASA
    Cosponsored with Women in Aviation, Windy City chapter

    Lecture: Black Wings: The American Black in Aviation
    December 16 at 6:00
    Fullerton Hall
    Dominick Pisano, National Air and Space Museum
    *The 6:00 lecture is followed at 7:00 by discussion between Pisano and Chicago "DODO" chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen.

    Lecture: Aerospace Design in the Heartland: Recent Aviation Experiences at the Art Institute
    January 6 at 6:00
    Fullerton Hall
    John Zukowsky, exhibition curator

    Lecture: Forging Colossus: Aviation Construction and Political Legitimacy in Stalinist Russia
    January 13 at 6:00
    Fullerton Hall
    Scott Palmer, Western Illinois University


    Lecture: Innovative NASA Aircraft Concepts for the 21st Century
    August 2 at 12:00
    Fullerton Hall
    John Frassanito, NASA

    Performance: Voices: O’Keeffe—Sage and Sky
    September 13 at 12:30
    Fullerton Hall


    All family programs meet in the Kraft Education Center. Click here or call (312) 857-7161 for further information.

    Kaleidoscope: A Family Day
    August 16
    Drop in between 10:30 and 3:30
    Kite-Flying Sessions: 12:00 and 2:00
    All Ages

    Express your own flight of fancy by making and decorating your own kite. Join artist Julio Flores for a unique demonstration of his artful kites and experience the Windy City in an exciting kite flying-session in Grant Park. Kaleidoscope is a museum-wide annual event for families that includes artmaking, a gallery hunt, performances, and tours.

    The Artist’s Studio
    September 13
    Drop in between 10:30 and 3:30
    All Ages

    Work with a NASA Research Center representative to make a model paper airplane and fly it in a wind tunnel!


    (+)Workshop: A Study in Design and Function: Toys, Kites, and the History of Flight
    December 6, 9:30–3:30
    Fee: $40; 5 CPDUs
    This workshop for science or art teachers explores the impact of play and toys, such as kites, on aeronautic innovation and the birth of flight. The day features a presentation by Tom Crouch, noted author and senior curator from the National Air and Space Museum, Washington, D.C., a demonstration of the aerodynamics of kite flying, viewing of the exhibition, and hands-on activities about the aesthetics of kite design. Teachers receive educational materials that include activities and curriculum strategies. Call (312) 443-3575 for more information or to register.

    Call (312) 443-3575 for more information or to register.


    (+)Flying Legends: Movie Myths and Reality
    Three programs celebrate flight in the movies. On August 14, two Russian test pilots discuss clips of films, including "Top Gun," at "Flying Legends: Night of the Aces." On August 16 and 21, watch John Wayne and Janet Leigh in the 1957 Cold War comedy thriller "Jet Pilot." On August 27 and 30, view Russian director Larisa Shepitko's controversial 1966 portrait of the life of a woman pilot in "Wings." For more details, visit or call (312) 846-2600.

    Above: Mars airplane concept, c. 2002. Computer-generated rendering by Garry Qualls. NASA photograph

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