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.
57 min 1 sec ago The Art Institute of Chicago COMING SOON—Hélio Oiticica: To Organize Delirium
Explore the relentlessly innovative works of Brazilian artist Hélio Oiticica, arguably the most influential Latin American artist of the post–World War II period.
Oiticica’s adventurous works on paper paved the way for increasingly immersive large-scale installations that inspired Tropicália, a powerful movement in all the arts and a political position against both the right’s conservatism and the left’s desire for a purely Brazilian art. Throughout his brief but energetic career, Oiticica seamlessly melded formal and social concerns in his art, seeking to be internationally relevant and, at the same time, specifically Brazilian.
Opening February 18—http://bit.ly/2kevQIM
1 day 8 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago “Every new painting is like throwing myself into the water without knowing how to swim.”
Happy birthday to accomplished swimmer Édouard Manet.
See ten works by Manet now on view—http://bit.ly/2jpR5X2
1 day 1 hour ago The Art Institute of Chicago THURSDAY at 6:00—Join us for a lecture with photographer and
MacArthur fellow LaToya Ruby Frazier as she discusses her work—personal, incisive explorations of issues surrounding race, representation, and social justice in places such as Flint, Michigan and her hometown of Braddock, Pennsylvania.
Free to IL residents—http://bit.ly/2jRrhpV