The Classical Art Society is dedicated to the study of the art of the ancient and medieval Mediterranean world, encouraging interest in the art of the ancient Near Eastern, Egyptian, Greek, Etruscan, Roman, and Byzantine cultures.
The Classical Art Society, founded in 1986, is committed to enhancing the museum's outstanding collection of ancient and Byzantine art, which includes premier holdings of stone and bronze sculpture, coins, glass, jewelry, mosaics, and a world-famous collection of Greek vases.
Annual series of lectures presented by distinguished scholars from September to May
Past topics include:
Marcus Aurelius and Portraits of Power
Griffins and Gorgons: The Greek Encounter with the East
Egypt and the Minoan World
Continuity and Change in Late Antique Art
Gala to mark the opening of the Mary and Michael Jaharis Galleries of Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Art
Reception to mark the 25th anniversary of the Classical Art Society
The loan and display of a Marcus Aurelius statue from the Pergamon Museum in Berlin
The publication of a museum catalogue on the museum's collection of ancient art
Member international study trips to Berlin, Turkey, Sicily, Crete, and Northern Italy
Curator-led trips to museum exhibitions, auction houses, and galleries throughout the United States
15 hours 24 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago NOW ON VIEW—In 1963 Melvin Edwards began Lynch Fragments, a series of welded steel assemblages made in response to the tumultuous social climate of the Civil Rights movement. The title of the series evokes the horrifying images of racist mob violence, yet Edwards’s works distill the subject into a powerful sculptural language, fusing modernist abstraction with a sense of personal and collective history.
Afrophoenix No. 1—one of the earliest objects from the series—exemplifies how the artist physically transformed found objects and brought them together in poetically suggestive, tension-filled compositions. Here the formal arrangement of steel elements evokes an equestrian bridle and bit. Chains, hammers, nails, spikes, and screws magnify the sculpture’s associative power, recalling implements of labor and torture. At the same the title references the mythological phoenix—alluding to death, rebirth, and transformation.
See Afrophoenix No. 1 (1963) by Melvin Edwards in Gallery 289D.
19 hours 50 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago CLOSING SOON—Modern Velvet: A Sense of Luxury in the Age of Industry
With their plush, inviting, and varied textures, the velvets featured in this exhibition showcase the diversity of modern velvet as well as the effects of industry on its production. As industrial innovations at the turn of the 19th century allowed for faster production and encouraged the use of less costly materials, designers and manufacturers of velvet sought to maintain its association with wealth, luxury, and splendor.
Learn how this elegant fabric has inspired designers for centuries, with a wide range of examples from the 19th century to present day—closing March 19.
1 day 6 hours ago The Art Institute of Chicago Just like the museum's collection comes from artists around the world, so does the Museum Shop’s assortment of products. We source exclusive products from artisans that are inspired by the cultures, mediums, and techniques represented in our museum collection. View our assortment of unique items from India.