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Lecture: Impressionism and the Modern World in Color



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Woman in a Garden, 1882

Berthe Morisot. A Millennium Gift of Sara Lee Corporation

Impressionism was a tremendously influential movement, one that changed how Western audiences perceived color and the world around them. It also inspired the pioneering work of future artists like Vincent van Gogh. Join Sam Ramos, director of gallery activation, for a crash course in Impressionism and its enduring impact.

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About the Speaker

Photograph of Associate Director of Innovation and Creativity Sam Ramos.

Sam Ramos joined the Art Institute since 2017 and currently serves as director of gallery activation. Outside of his time at the museum, Sam writes fiction, essays, and art criticism. Published pieces include “Exiles from the Wasteland,” Fiction (2019), “An Invisible System: The Art of Scheff Weems,” Badlands Literary Journal (Winter 2018), “What Relevance Can Art Have for Frontline Providers Right Now?,” Hyperallergic (April 20, 2020), and “On Leaving Dove Springs: A meditation on neighborhood, fear, family, and change,” The Austin Chronicle, (August 2014). His novel, La Gloria, was included on the Dzanc Prize for Fiction longlist, November 2018. Sam holds an MFA in creative writing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Please note that this is an in-person event that takes place at the museum. In accordance with state and City of Chicago guidelines, visitors to the museum are no longer required to wear masks or provide proof of vaccination, though anyone who would like to wear a mask is encouraged to do so. If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or have been exposed to COVID-19 in the week before your visit, we ask that you stay home. We appreciate your help in keeping the museum a healthy and safe place for our staff and visitors. Learn more about our visiting policies.

Closed captioning and an ASL interpreter will be available for this program. For questions related to accessibility accommodations, please email

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