Upcoming Programs and Special Events

These exciting upcoming programs and events are open to Sustaining Fellows only. To join or make reservations, please call (312) 443-3735 or e-mail sustainingfellows@artic.edu.

Lecture Series with Wine and Cheese
Department of African Art and Indian Art of the Americas
Thursdays, January 31, February 28, and March 7, 2013
5:00–7:30 p.m.
Sustaining Fellows are invited to mix and mingle at complimentary wine and cheese receptions in FELLOWS before and after these exciting lectures at 6:00 p.m. in Fullerton Hall. Reserved lecture seating is available for Sustaining Fellows.

Representing the Invisible in the Arts of Central Africa
January 31
Constantine Petridis, Cleveland Museum of Art
Many works of art from Central Africa suggest communication between the visible world of humans and the invisible realm of spirits through their imagery and materials. Constantine Petridis explores how the visualization of the invisible influences the styles and aesthetics of the arts of various Central African cultures.

Royal Murals of Ancient Teotihuacan
February 28
Claudia Brittenham, University of Chicago
Claudia Brittenham reviews colorful Maya-like murals from the seventh and eight century that were discovered in the 1970s at the abandoned site of Cacaxtla in Central Highland Mexico.

Iconic Horsemen of West Africa
March 7
Kathleen Bickford Berzock, curator of African art, The Art Institute of Chicago
Across Africa’s Western Sudan the iconic image of the horse and rider emerges in the 10th century, a period of mighty empires fueled by trans-Saharan trade. Curator Kathleen Bickford Berzock charts the origins and the scope of this image in West Africa and its continuing relevance through time.

Please help us anticipate the number of guests to expect by reserving for these complimentary programs: (312) 443-3735 or sustainingfellows@artic.edu.

Lecture, Luncheon, and Viewing
Of Gods and Glamour: The Mary and Michael Jaharis Galleries of Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Art
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
11:00–1:30 p.m.
$45 per person
Join Karen Manchester, chair and curator of ancient art, Department of Ancient and Byzantine Art, for a look at the 4,000 years of artistic achievement in the Mediterranean region showcased in the stunning new Mary and Michael Jaharis Galleries of Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Art. Karen will also discuss the exhibitionLate Roman and Early Byzantine Treasures from the British Museum, featuring 51 of the finest artworks from the British Museum’s illustrious collection. An optional gallery viewing follows the lecture and luncheon.

Milwaukee for Color Rush: 75 Years of Color Photography in America
Friday, March 1, 2013
9:30 a.m.–6:30 p.m.
Associate curator of photography Katherine Bussard will lead this special visit, hosted by the Sustaining Fellows Travel Committee, to the Milwaukee Art Museum (MAM). En route to Milwaukee, Kate will discuss her exhibition Color Rush: 75 Years of Color Photography in America at the MAM to which the Art Institute is a principle lender. This project charts—from magazine pages to gallery walls, from advertisements to photojournalism—the interconnected history of color photography in the United States from 1907 to 1981, as color photography became the norm in popular culture and fine art. After a walk-through of the exhibition, lunch will be served in the Calatrava-designed Quadricci Pavilion overlooking Lake Michigan. We will be joined by Dan Keegan, MAM director, and William Rudolph, curator of American art and director of exhibitions, who will lead a post-lunch tour of the permanent collection. A copy of the Color Rush catalogue is included in the cost. Please note: this program is limited to 40 participants.

35th Annual Meeting, Exhibition Viewing, and Cocktail Reception
Picasso and Chicago          
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
6:00–9:00 p.m.
Complimentary for Sustaining Fellows, guests $35
A great big thank you to our Sustaining Fellows for 35 years of support. We celebrate you at our 35th Annual Meeting! This event also offers the chance to hear from Stephanie D’Alessandro, Gary C. and Frances Comer Curator of Modern Art, about the exciting exhibition Picasso and Chicago. The first major Picasso exhibition organized by the Art Institute in 30 years, this presentation features over 250 of the finest examples of Picasso’s paintings, sculpture, prints, drawings, and ceramics from private collections throughout Chicago and the Art Institute’s own exceptional holdings. Together, these works celebrate the artist’s special connections to the city and the 100th anniversary of the Armory Show, when Picasso’s work was first shown in the United States. An exclusive viewing of the exhibition in Regenstein Hall and a celebratory cocktail reception in Griffin Court will finish off the evening.