Respond promptly to your caller-docent, who must gather information about your goals and expectations and convey important logistical information to fellow docents
Divide your students into the requisite number of groups before you arrive at the museum, as indicated by your caller-docent
Create name tags for students, so docents can engage your group members by name
Note that you may not be able visit the works of art you’ve used in your classroom on your museum visit; docents will try to incorporate requested works or similar ones on the guided tour. You may remain in the museum after the tour and visit these works on your own.
The new Shirley G. and Patrick W. Ryan Learning Center features five classrooms and three studios as well as a dedicated student entrance to the museum. The entrance to the Ryan Learning Center is located on Columbus Drive, just south of Monroe Street. The bus drop-off can be accessed on the southbound side of Columbus Drive.
The museum does not offer bus parking during student visits, but group leaders may make advanced arrangements with Soldier Field for bus parking. Find more information about parking at Soldier Field.
Please be aware that scheduled construction projects on major highways and in downtown Chicago can impact travel times to the museum. After confirming your visit and scheduling your bus, plan your route the museum and be sure to depart your school with enough time to make your scheduled tour start time.
21 hours 15 min 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.
1 day 15 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.
1 day 16 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.