The Discerning Eye is a program designed to guide professionals–medical students, police cadets, corporate teams, and others–in using art as a way to hone skills in observation, communication, team-building, diversity awareness, and leadership through exercises and activities conducted in museum galleries.
Skilled professional facilitators lead small groups in conversations about works of art from various periods and cultures. Rather than dispensing information about the artworks or teaching art history, emphasis is placed on productive exchanges of ideas and personal points of view. No prior training or experience with art is required! As the session progresses and participants share observations with each other, awareness of different viewpoints emerges, and the complex interrelatedness of experience, perspectives, and emotional response is revealed.
Each two-hour program is individually tailored to meet the goals and desired outcomes of your group. Working closely with a museum educator, artworks that offer the greatest opportunity for focused conversations are selected in preparation for your visit. Programs may be conducted during the museum's public hours, or you may request an early-morning session that takes place before the galleries officially open, offering a more intimate learning experience.
Coming to the museum sets the stage for a new kind of learning. Breaking out of the daily workplace routine allows fresh thinking and excitement that animates the conversations. Whether observing the distinctions between different paintings of wheat stacks by Impressionist Claude Monet or discussing possible meanings of a work of modern sculpture, participants invariably offer a wide range of responses that demonstrate the value of multiple viewpoints and varied perspectives. Skills developed in the Discerning Eye program can be applied to such real-life scenarios as searching for clues at a crime scene, observing a patient's symptoms, or reaching a consensus in a corporate board room. To start planning the Discerning Eye for your workplace or program, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
For an even more in-depth experience and exploration of your group's potential that includes the professional resources and facilities of Catalyst Ranch, Chicago's most creative conference space, consider the Art-Work program.
1 day 13 hours ago The Art Institute of Chicago NOW OPEN—Abstract Experiments: Latin American Art on Paper after 1950
During the mid-20th century, Latin American artists were active in the evolving international discourse on modernity, at a time of industrial expansion and political transformation in South America.
Abstract Experiments provides an illuminating complement to Hélio Oiticica: To Organize Delirium and reflects the Art Institute’s recent efforts to expand its holdings of Latin American painting, sculpture, and works on paper.
2 days 7 hours ago The Art Institute of Chicago NOW OPEN—Hélio Oiticica: To Organize Delirium
The Art Institute presents the first U.S. retrospective of this groundbreaking Brazilian artist. A relentless innovator always pushing the boundaries of art, Oiticica is arguably the most influential Latin American artist of the post–World War II period and is recognized for inspiring Tropicália, a powerful movement that influenced art across media in Brazil.
In addition to viewing his early works on paper, visitors are invited to take off their shoes and walk through immersive sand-filled installations, view Amazonian parrots, and try on wearable objects designed by the artist.
2 days 8 hours ago The Art Institute of Chicago Whitney will be taking over our Instagram for the next 24 hours. Follow along to see posts from Max and Julien’s visit to the museum.