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Lifelong Learning: 22nd Annual Reflections

September 21, 2016
For more information, call (312) 857-7602.

Please join us for the 22nd 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.

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, activities, drawing in the galleries, an open studio, and auditorium lectures are included in the day’s events. 

Schedule of Events

9:30   Doors open, Modern Wing entrance

10:00   Opening remarks, Rubloff Auditorium

10:15–11:00   Keynote lecture: "The New Contemporary," associate curator Kate Nesin, Rubloff Auditorium

10:30–2:30   Small informal talks in the galleries and other activities at selected times throughout the day

11:30–12:30   Ticketed luncheon

11:15–2:00   Drawing in the galleries

11:15–2:00   Open Studio

11:30–1:30   Music in the galleries

11:45–2:15   Hubbard Street Dance Chicago workshops (three 30-minute sessions)

12:00–12:30   Lecture: "Jackson Pollock," Fullerton Hall

1:00–1:30   Lecture: "The Hudson River School," Fullerton Hall

2:30   Program concludes. The museum is open until 5:00.

Advanced Reservations for Lunch 

Reflections offers an optional lunch in the Chicago Stock Exchange Trading Room for a
fee of $19. Reservations are necessary for lunch and space is limited.

Tickets for lunch are non-refundable. Group tickets for lunch will be mailed in advance.
Individual tickets for lunch will be held at the door for pick-up on September 21
beginning at 9:30 a.m. at the Modern Wing entrance to the Art Institute.

For more information, please e-mail

Art Insights and Reflections are generously funded by the Hulda B. and Maurice L. Rothschild Foundation. Additional support for Lifelong Learning Programs is provided by the Cigna Foundation.