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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

Curator’s Insight
Georg Jensen: Scandinavian Design for Living
Wednesday, September 5
$80 per person
Learn about Danish silversmith Georg Jensen’s contributions to the meteoric rise of Scandinavian design in the United States and around the world. Join us for a cocktail reception featuring a variety of dinner stations and delectable desserts, followed by an overview and tour of the first major American presentation of Jensen silver tableware and products for the home.

6:00    Dinner Reception
           Nichols Board of Trustees Suite

6:40    Outfitting the Modern Home: An Exhibition Overview
           Emily Fry, Director of Interpretation

7:00    Private Exhibition Tour
           Regenstein Hall

Please use the Modern Wing entrance. Valet parking and coat check will be available.

Annual A. James Speyer Memorial Lecture and Dinner
Featuring Ellen Gallagher
Wednesday, October 10
Rubloff Auditorium and Griffin Court
$200 per person
$2,000 for a table of 10
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
$100 per person
Discover nearly 150 works from the magnificent Weston Collection—ukiyo-e paintings from the 17th to 19th century by the most prominent artists of the time, including Utamaro and Hokusai—at this festive event featuring a lecture, exhibition viewing, and reception.

Harald Nielsen. Pitcher, model 606, designed 1930, produced 1930–32. Promised gift from a private collection.