Free public gallery talks are offered every day the museum is open. Attendance at these gallery talks is open to all visitors and does not require advanced registration.
Highlights Highlights tours are designed to introduce the first-time visitor or infrequent visitor to the collections of the Art Institute through some of our most remarkable masterworks. These tours are led by volunteer adult tour docents.
Highlights of the Modern Wing These highlights tours introduce the first-time or infrequent visitor to the modern and contemporary collections of the Art Institute with works located in the Renzo Piano-designed galleries of the Modern Wing. These tours are led by volunteer adult tour docents.
Thematic Tours Museum Education lecturers select specific works from the collections for closer examination, comparing works across media, or focusing on a single work to engage museum visitors more intimately with the history, cultural context, and impact of chosen work(s).
Collection Tours These gallery talks focus on particular departments within the museum's encyclopedic collection, such as American art, Asian art, African art or Impressionism, and are led by museum educators.
Exhibition Overviews Exhibition overviews provide the visitor with an introduction to the exhibition and insights into an artist’s (or artists') life and work, as well as to the conceptualization and implementation of the exhibition itself. Overviews are led by Museum Education staff as well as oftentimes the exhibition curator.
Architecture of the Art Institute Since 1893, the buildings that house the collections of the Art Institute have been remarkable in their own right. From the Neo-Classical façade on Michigan Avenue which bears the names of Old Masters to the luminous Tiffany dome in Fullerton Hall, Walter Netsch’s dramatic Columbus Wing, and the Renzo Piano–designed Modern Wing, these spaces get a closer look in tours guided by museum educators.
15 hours 27 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago NOW ON VIEW—Kemang Wa Lehulere: In All My Wildest Dreams
Artist Kemang Wa Lehulere describes his work as a “protest against forgetting,” reenacting what he calls “deleted scenes” from South African history through a masterful conflation of personal and collective storytelling. See his first American museum show, In All My Wildest Dreams—on view through January 16.
20 hours 14 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago NOW ON VIEW—A new photography rotation showcases groundbreaking Contemporary works from artists like John Baldessari, Sally Mann, Chuck Close, Barbara Kruger, among others—on view in Gallery 10 through January 2.
Image: Richard Misrach. Untitled #696–05, from series On the Beach, 2005. Gift of the artist.
1 day 16 hours ago The Art Institute of Chicago Toulouse-Lautrec’s work increased the visibility of lesbians in 19th-century Paris, portraying them in a sympathetic light when prevailing perceptions were anything but favorable.