Art Institute of Chicago Highlights with Sarah Bond

Art Institute of Chicago Highlights with Sarah Bond


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The Art Institute of Chicago is a top-tier museum and one of the most popular sites for visitors to Chicago. Join an Art Historian for an in-depth look at some highlights of the museum, including iconic works and lesser-known gems.

The Art Institute of Chicago houses one of the country’s great collections of Western painting, with particular strengths in Impressionism and Modern Art. Works such as Georges Seurat’s "A Sunday on La Grande Jatte" and Edward Hopper’s "Nighthawks" have become part of American popular culture and are instantly recognizable. But the collections cover centuries of art with gems of every period, many by lesser-known artists, all rewarding close looking and extended contemplation.

Choosing both iconic and lesser-known works, this seminar will explore the theme of ‘Tradition and Invention’. In each of the works we will study, the artist engages with the art historical tradition, often in unique and surprising ways. And out of this “conversation” with the past, each artist creates something original, at times breaking new ground in art history, and always speaking directly to the people of their time. Some of the works poignantly address a particular historical moment, some are channels for religious faith, and some address artistic style itself, inventing new ways of painting.

Led by Art Historian Sarah Bond, this interactive seminar will be a deep dive into selected works from the Art Institute’s collection, offering an experience of close looking and thoughtful analysis. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased sense of the power and beauty of art and its ability to speak to us through the ages.

Sarah Bond is an art historian, independent scholar, and tour guide. Born and raised in Chicago, she received a BA from Williams College and a PhD in Art History from Harvard University, specializing in Medieval Art. She has lectured on a variety of topics and taught at DePaul University. Sarah has been leading customized tours at the Art Institute of Chicago since 2005. Recently, she has developed tours of the newly opened Deering Galleries of Medieval and Renaissance Art, Arms, and Armor.

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.