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Lifelong Learning: 21st Annual Reflections

September 9, 2015
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Please join us for the 21st annual Reflections (formerly Senior Celebrations). Reflections is the free annual kick-off day held in September to celebrate Art Insights, a program that brings free slide talks to older adult community groups and retirement communities. 

Reflections is free to all older adults and accompanying adult partners and group leaders. Please use the museum's Modern Wing entrance (159 E. Monroe) beginning at 9:30 a.m.

The Art Institute's valet parking service will begin at 9:00 a.m. on September 9 for Reflections participants.

From 10:15 to 2:30, guests enjoy a variety of programs exploring the Art Institute's collection. Enjoy a keynote lecture in Rubloff Auditorium and visit the galleries where Art Insights presenters lead five- to ten-minute presentations in front of museum masterpieces. Souvenir postcards enhance the small, informal talks. Music, drawing in the galleries, an open studio, and auditorium lectures are included in the day’s events. New to Reflections this year, teaching artists from Hubbard Street Dance Chicago's Parkinson's Project lead dance activities in the Ryan Education Center. This abbreviated sample class will be offered at multiple times throughout the day. Reservations are not necessary.

Preliminary Schedule of Events (subject to change)

9:30   Modern Wing Entrance doors open
10:00   Opening remarks, Rubloff Auditorium
10:15–11:00   Keynote Lecture: Degas: At the Track, On the Stage, Rubloff Auditorium
10:30–2:30   Small informal talks in the galleries and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago leads dance activities at selected times throughout the day
11:30–12:30   Ticketed Luncheon, Chicago Stock Exchange Trading Room
11:15–2:00   Drop-in Drawing in Galleries 140–142
11:30–1:30   Music in the Galleries, Griffin Court
12:00–12:30  Lecture: Frederic Remington, Fullerton Hall
2:30   Program concludes. Museum is open until 5:00.

Advanced Reservations for Lunch 

We are no longer accepting reservations for the 21st annual Reflections luncheon. For lunchtime alternatives, there are multiple dining opportunities at the Art Institute. We welcome your participation in Reflections. Advanced registration to attend this free event is not necessary.

A limited number of lunch tickets may be available for purchase at the door. Guests with prepaid luncheon reservations may pick up tickets on September 9 beginning at 9:30 a.m. at the Modern Wing entrance.

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Art Insights and Reflections are generously funded by the Hulda B. and Maurice L. Rothschild Foundation.