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.
1 day 18 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 12 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 13 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.