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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

First Look: Past Forward—Architecture and Design at the Art Institute

Thursday, September 7
$60 per person

Preview the installation of the Art Institute’s preeminent architecture and design collection in its new permanent space before it opens to the public on September 12.

10:15  Registration opens
           West Box entrance, Monroe Street

10:30  Introduction to the installation
           Zoë Ryan, John H. Bryan Chair and Curator of Architecture and Design 
           Nichols Board of Trustees Suite

11:00   Tour of the galleries and Q&A
            Zoë Ryan; Allison Fisher, Harold and Margot Schiff Associate Curator;
            and Maite Borjabad, assistant curator

12:00  Luncheon
           Nichols Board of Trustees Suite

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.

Mark Bradford. A Siren Beside a Ship, 2014. Gift of Pamela J. Joyner & Alfred J. Giuffrida Collection.