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 offers 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 fosters 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. Learn more about upcoming Artists Connect lectures.
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.
Inside Art This member-only lecture series offers an art historical and thematic exploration of the major subjects and periods of art through a series of lectures taking place in Fullerton Hall. The scope of these lectures is global, across media, and situates the Art Institute’s collections into the larger history of art. Learn more about upcoming Inside Art Lectures.
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 Hubbard Street Dance Chicago 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.
16 hours 23 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago NOW ON VIEW—The new rotation of photographs in Gallery 10 explores the full history of the medium, from 19th-century tintypes to contemporary works that push the boundaries of the art form.