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Seminar: Spain in the Golden Age—Art and Music at a Cultural Crossroads

April 8, 2014
Rubloff Auditorium
$30 members and nonmembers

Join the Community Associates for their 28th Annual Art and Music Seminar, celebrating art, music, and dance from Spain's Golden Age!

During the Age of Exploration, Spain was at the height of its power and splendor, presiding over the largest empire in history. It had long been a cultural crossroads where Christians, Jews, and Muslims influenced one another, despite religious tensions, and encounters with the civilizations of the Americas created rich new traditions. This was also a great era for the arts—the age of El Greco and Velázquez, of Tomás Luis de Victoria and Cristóbal de Morales.

Lecturer Jeff Nigro discusses masterpieces of Spanish art, including works by El Greco, Francisco de Zurbarán, Juan Sanchez Cotán, and others, focusing on the Art institute's rich holdings of art of this period. Sacred imagery, austerely elegant still-life paintings, and treasures from the peoples of Spanish America are featured in this exciting lecture, interwoven with live music and dance. Singers and instrumentalists perform music of the era—from haunting sacred music to lively dance tunes, as well as selections from colonial Latin America—on period instruments such as the lute, period guitar, and viheula da mano, a plucked-string instrument. Under the direction of Terence Marling, dancers from Hubbard Street 2 perform choreography inspired by the works of art discussed in the program.

Tickets: $30
    •    Community Associates: contact your group program chairman for tickets.
    •    Non–Community Associates: reserve your tickets via check or credit card through Noël Jones, Community Associates coordinator, at (312) 443-3629 or

All tickets will be held at the will-call counter outside of Rubloff Auditorium on the day of the program.

Please note that program tickets do not include museum admission. Access to Rubloff Auditorium requires membership or a museum admission ticket.

Diego Rodriguez de Velázquez. Kitchen Scene, 1618/20. Robert Waller Memorial Fund.