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.
55 min 56 sec ago The Art Institute of Chicago CLOSING SUNDAY—Rodney McMillian: a great society
Grappling with the complexities of class, race, and place in America, Rodney McMillian employs elements of performance, public speaking, oral history—and his interest in the science fiction genre—to expose the social and psychological consequences of economic inequality and endemic racism. While his work engages the often stark realities of history and contemporary culture, it is motivated by the potential for alternative realities and future transformation.
1 day 2 hours ago The Art Institute of Chicago “One day, I had a dream… there were three black boots in the middle of the road, with very high houses."
These are the words of Tarsila do Amaral, one of the leaders behind Anthropophagy, a national art movement that arose in 1920s Brazil with the goal of “cannibalizing” aspects of European modern art in order to make a new, more distinctly indigenous style. #5WomenArtists
Explore Tarsila’s work in depth when Tarsila do Amaral: Reinventing Modern Art in Brazil opens at the Art Institute this October.
Image: Tarsila do Amaral. City (The Street), 1929. Collection of Bolsa de Arte.