Founded in 1877 as the Chicago Society of Decorative Art, the Antiquarian Society originally sought to help impoverished women master the skills of an honorable trade, particularly by training women artists and artisans in the applied arts. with the aid of teachers in drawing, painting, and needlework, the early Antiquarians embarked on improving the quality of women’s work and creating a market for it. Admiration for the resultant handiwork was so great that the society was invited to occupy rooms at the newly organized Art Institute of Chicago.
In 1888, Mrs. Mary E. Pode purchased the society’s entire stock of art objects and assumed all financial responsibilities for it. Later that year, a motion was made to allocate a portion of the accumulated funds for the purchase of a collection to donate to the Art Institute. On April 7, 1891, a proposal was sent to the board “that the money now in the treasury ... be applied to the purchase of articles pertaining to the Industrial Arts, such as pottery, china, embroideries, laces, etc., to be presented to the Art Institute and marked in such a way that credit should be given to the society for the gift.”
On November 10, 1894, the society was renamed Antiquarians of the Art Institute to more accurately reflect the future purpose of the organization. In 1908, the board decided to further alter the name to the Antiquarian Society of the Art Institute of Chicago.
The Antiquarian Society of today, having played an important role in fostering the early collection of the Art Institute of Chicago and subsequently assuring its continued growth through donations of funds for acquisitions, maintains the tradition of support through the continuing generosity of its members.
Membership in the Antiquarian Society is by invitation.
President Mrs. Philip S. J. Moriarty
Vice President Mrs. Fred A. Krehbiel
Secretary Mrs. L. Hall Healy, Jr.
Assistant Secretary Mrs. John T. Golitz
Treasurer Mrs. R. Thomas Howell, Jr.
Assistant Treasurer Ms. Suzanne Hammond
Directors Mrs. Shakeab Alshabkhoun Mrs. Peyton Barkley Mrs. James N. Bay Mrs. Chandler Bigelow Mrs. Charles F. Clarke, Jr. Mrs. Dwight M. Cleveland Mrs. David C. Hilliard Mrs. James M. Johnson Mrs. Jerome Kahn Ms. Paulette Lloyd Mrs. Stanford D. Marks Mrs. J. Kevin McCool Mrs. Richard H. Nicolaides Mrs. Richard M. Norton Mrs. Thomas C. O’Neil Mrs. Hampden M. Swift Mrs. William C. Vance
President's Council Mrs. James A. Alsdorf Mrs. John A. Bross Mrs. Edward Hines Mrs. William R. Jentes Mrs. John K. Notz, Jr. Mrs. Richard J. L. Senior Mrs. Thomas J. Tausché Mrs. George B. Young
Membership Mrs. Gordon Lang, Jr. Mrs. Kurt Mancillas
Programs/Workshops Mrs. Byron C. Karzas Mrs. James T. Glerum
Spring Luncheon Mrs. John T. Golitz (co-chairs) Mrs. James N. Bay
May Tea Mrs. Stanford D. Marks (co-chairs) Mrs. James M. Johnson
Historian Mrs. David C. Hilliard
Finance Mrs. R. Thomas Howell, Jr. (chair)
Purchasing Mrs. Keene Addington Mrs. John W. Madigan Mrs. Thomas E. O’Neill III
Nominating Mrs. Richard J. L. Senior (chair)
Hospitality Marcia Hines (chair)
The following events are restricted to members of the Antiquarian Society and their guests. Unless noted, monthly programs begin with a lecture at 11:00, followed by a lunch at noon.
Lecture/Lunch Made in the Americas: The New World Discovers Asia Tuesday, October 11 11:00 Nichols Board of Trustees Suite Dennis Carr, Carolyn and Peter Lynch Curator of Decorative Arts and Scuplture, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Annual Meeting/Lunch Tuesday, November 8 11:00 Nichols Board of Trustees Suite
Lecture/Lunch Introduction to the Reinstalled Renaissance and Medieval Galleries at the Art Institute Tuesday, December 13 11:00 Nichols Board of Trustees Suite Jonathan Tavares, associate curator of arms and armor, The Art Institute of Chicago
Lecture/Lunch The Folk Art Collection of Elie Nadelman: Making it Modern Tuesday, January 10 11:00 Nichols Board of Trustees Suite Margi Hofer, vice president and director, New York Historical Society, New York
Lecture/Lunch The Latest Dish: A Century of Collecting European Ceramics in America Tuesday, February 14 11:00 Nichols Board of Trustees Suite Letitia Roberts, former vice president of Sotheby's and an expert on European ceramics and Chinese export porcelain
Lecture/Lunch Early American Glass in Philadelphia Tuesday, March 14 11:00 Nichols Board of Trustees Suite Mary Mills, historic glass specialist, Cultural Resources, Philadelphia Metro
Lecture/Lunch Fabergé: Jeweler to the Russian Imperial Court Tuesday, April 11 11:00 Nichols Board of Trustees Suite Nicholas B. A. Nicholson, Senior Vice President, Division Head of American and European Furniture and Decorative Arts at Freeman’s, America’s oldest auction house
Annual Spring Luncheon Rooms for Today: Easy Living with Antiques Tuesday, April 25 10:30 The Casino, 195 East Delaware Place Suzanne Rheinstein, internationally recognized interior designer and owner of Hollyhock
Lecture/Afternoon Tea The Antiquarian Society: Celebrating 140 years Tuesday, May 16 2:00 Nichols Board of Trustees Suite Celia Hilliard, cultural historian and Antiquarian Society board member
All of the lecture/luncheon programs take place at the Art Institute of Chicago, except the Spring Luncheon, which occurs at the Casino.
21 hours 29 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago OCTOBER 14—Join us for After Dark in the Modern Wing!
See the groundbreaking exhibition Moholy-Nagy: Future Present with special tours and late-night access. And check out live performances by Phebe Starr and Campdogzz, plus DJ sets from Shaka 23.
Attendees must be 21+. Hosted by The Evening Associates of the Art Institute of Chicago.
1 day 1 hour ago The Art Institute of Chicago Each Thorne Miniature Room is a tiny window to a larger world.
In Drawing Rooms, see the tiny rooms scaled to life-size. Remix and decorate them with drawings, then create your own miniature space—now available in the Ryan Learning Center's Interactive Gallery.