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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 e-mail

Grand Opening of Gauguin: Artist as Alchemist and 39th Annual Meeting of the Sustaining Fellows

Wednesday, June 21
Rubloff Auditorium
Complimentary for Sustaining Fellows and up to three guests, $75 per additional guest 

Celebrate the opening of Gauguin: Artist as Alchemist with members of the Sustaining Fellows, friends, and family at the Sustaining Fellows 39th annual meeting. Be the first to view this pioneering exhibition on opening night; learn from Gloria Groom, chair of European Painting and Sculpture and David and Mary Winton Green Curator, about Gauguin’s achievements in the applied arts; and enjoy exhibition-inspired cocktails and dinner stations hosted by acclaimed culinary artists.

Valet parking and coat check will be available. Register today or contact the Office of the Sustaining Fellows at (312) 443-3735 for more information.

First Look at the New Permanent Architecture and Design Galleries

Thursday, September 7
$60 per person

Explore the museum’s newly expanded, world-class architecture and design collection in its new home, after years of research, construction, and installation. Enjoy a behind-the-scenes lecture on how the galleries came to fruition, followed by a walk-through and luncheon.

A. James Speyer Memorial Lecture and Dinner
Featuring Mark Bradford

Wednesday, October 18
$150 per person

Celebrate a distinguished contemporary artist whose work is represented in the museum’s collection during this annual program honoring A. James Speyer, a curator of modern and contemporary art at the Art Institute from 1961 to 1986. This year, join us for an enlightening lecture by Mark Bradford, followed by an installation viewing and dinner in the Modern Wing.

Paul Gauguin. Mahana no atua (Day of the God), 1894. Helen Birch Bartlett Memorial Collection.