There are many ways to explore the depth and breadth of the Art Institute’s permanent collection and special exhibitions.
Artist Talks and Lectures
Artists Connect Initiated as Metropolis in 1999, Artists Connect offered local artists a forum in which to discuss their work with the public, as well as an opportunity to reflect on the importance of the collections of the Art Institute to their own practice. The series fostered an understanding of the intimate relationship between living artists and those of the past and illuminates the sometimes surprising ways in which an artist's inspiration evolves into important original work. The series concluded in 2013 and podcasts of past lectures can be found here.
Artist Talks Hear renowned contemporary artists speak about their individual practice and other subjects in talks that explore the genesis of their work and the work’s relationship to the ideas that generated it.
Lectures Scholars explore a specific research topic in lectures relating to the Art Institute’s collections or exhibitions. These talks give greater insight to our audiences wishing to delve deeper into the history, context, conservation, or iconography of a given subject.
Classes and Courses
Art and Yoga This monthly program includes a 30-minute gallery component, where participants focus on artistic forms and their surroundings, then moves to the studio, where a yoga instructor continues the program for a full hour.
Studio Programs Studio programs facilitate wide-ranging and creative experiences based on the collections or special exhibitions as a point of departure. Using the artworks as a point of departure, engaged in hands-on explorations of the various media and methods evident in the artworks in the galleries. Member sketch classes involve sketching from works in the museum’s galleries under the guidance of experienced instructors.
Concerts and Performances
Concerts Experience programs featuring music and art commentary highlighting works from the museum collection. Programs include concerts in the acoustical splendor of Fullerton Hall with organizations such as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
Performances These unique programs feature art-inspired performances in both Fullerton Hall and in the galleries. Join us for a selection of readings, theatrical presentations, and dance performances. Collaborations include programs with Chinese Fine Arts Society and the Poetry Foundation.
Seminars and Symposia
Seminars Seminars offer the opportunity for close study of a chosen theme, area of the collection, or special exhibition through gallery discussions, lecture and panel sessions, or visits to the museum's study collections.
Symposia Often held in conjunction with exhibitions or sponsored in collaboration with local universities or curatorial support groups, one- or two-day symposia take place at the museum throughout the year. Distinguished scholars from museums and universities speak about special exhibitions, re-installations of the collection, or specific works.
This new series presents innovative thought leaders who are rethinking, reshaping, and reinterpreting the history and practice of contemporary art, culture, and institutions. All events are free with museum admission.
The series is organized by Huey Copeland, associate dean for academic affairs, The Graduate School, and associate professor of art history, Northwestern University.
Save the Date
Performance: Alicia Hall Moran March 3 at 6:00 Fullerton Hall Singer Alicia Hall Moran, known for brilliantly combining diverse musical styles, presents a response in song to the works featured in Martin Puryear: Multiple Dimensions.
Conversation: Rachel Kushner and James Benning April 28 at 6:00 Fullerton Hall Novelist Rachel Kushner (The Flamethrowers) and artist and filmmaker James Benning (North of Evers) explore how their work aims to inhabit and reanimate political and cultural touchstones of the European and American avant-gardes.
Lecture: Jim Enote October 22, 2015 Fullerton Hall Jim Enote, director of the A:shiwi A:wan Museum and Heritage Center in New Mexico, reframed how Western institutions collect and display Zuni objects in light of recent collaborations that advance understanding of Zuni culture.