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Upcoming Programs and Events

These exciting programs and events are open to Sustaining Fellows only. To join or make reservations, please call (312) 443-3735 or email

Open House 
John Singer Sargent and Chicago’s Gilded Age
Wednesday, July 18
Complimentary for Sustaining Fellows and up to three guests; $75 per additional guest
Sustaining Fellows are invited to bring family and friends to this hallmark event and celebration.


Columbus Drive Entrace


Director’s Welcome and Sustaining Fellows Year-End Review
James Rondeau, President and Eloise W. Martin Director
Janet Duchossois, Sustaining Fellows Chair       

Sargent and Chicago: An International Talent with a Midwestern Story
Annelise K. Madsen, Gilda and Henry Buchbinder Assistant Curator of American Art


Exhibition Viewing and Dinner Reception
Regenstein Hall, Griffin Court, and Pritzker Garden

Curator’s Choice
Georg Jensen: Scandinavian Design for Living
Wednesday, September 5
Nichols Board of Trustees Suite and Regenstein Hall
$80 per person
Learn about Georg Jensen’s contributions to the meteoric rise of Scandinavian design around the world and the the company’s lasting influence on the modern interior from Emily Fry, director of interpretation. Following the talk, enjoy a private exhibition viewing and cocktail reception.

Annual A. James Speyer Memorial Lecture and Dinner
Featuring Ellen Gallagher
Wednesday, October 10
Rubloff Auditorium and Griffin Court
$200 per person
Celebrate a distinguished contemporary artist whose work is represented in the museum’s collection during this annual program honoring A. James Speyer, curator of modern and contemporary art at the Art Institute from 1961 to 1986. This year, enjoy an enlightening lecture by Ellen Gallagher followed by an installation viewing and dinner in the Modern Wing.

Opening Celebration
Painting the Floating World: Ukiyo-e Masterpieces from the Weston Collection
Tuesday, October 30
Discover the Weston Collection, which comprises approximately 150 paintings from the 17th to 19th centuries—true masterpieces by the most prominent artists of their day, including Utamaro and Hokusai—at this festive celebration featuring a lecture, exhibition viewing, and reception. 

John Singer Sargent. La Carmencita, 1890. Musée d’Orsay, Paris. © RMN (Musée d’Orsay) / Gérard Blot.