PROGRAM REGISTRATION & RECEPTION: Please join us at 4:30pm in our designated meeting room to register with the program staff and enjoy a brief reception with your fellow participants.
ORIENTATION & OVERVIEW: Enjoy a relaxed orientation and overview of the program, the Palmer House, the Art Institute, and Chicago. Your host will introduce you to the history of the Art Institute and its collection, including the unique historic relationship between the Art Institute and the Palmer House. Your Art Institute Program Coordinate will also provide you with meal vouchers for the Palmer House. Please bring the appropriate voucher for each meal.
Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.Dinner: Following orientation, a light dinner will be served at approximately 5:45. Unless indicated otherwise, dinner will be at the Lockwood Restaurant in the Palmer House lobby. (Be sure to bring the appropriate meal voucher.) Lockwood is a renowned downtown dining destination with a menu featuring American cuisine enhanced by herbs, vegetables, and urban honey harvested from its very own rooftop garden and apiary. Lockwood is a proud supporter of local, sustainable, artisan producers and suppliers.Lodging: Palmer House Hilton HotelMeals Included: Dinner
We will explore the Art Institute's new addition, the magnificent Modern Wing, with an exclusive look at the state-of-the-art Ryan Education Center. We'll also take a close look at Marc Chagall's iconic "America Windows," recently conserved and presented in their original vibrant beauty. Weather permitting, we will visit the rooftop Bluhm Family Sculpture Terrace for breathtaking views of Chicago's historic architectural legacy, contemporary skyscrapers, Millennium Park, and Lake Michigan.Lunch: Lunch is in the Art Institute's Museum Café, offering a broad range of selections with sustainable, local, and seasonal ingredients. The café features a deli station with a variety of sandwiches, salads, and soups; a full grill for burgers; entrée specials; an Italian pizza station; and a dessert station with a full array of tasty treats. Dine at your own pace with your fellow Road Scholar companions and enjoy some free time after lunch to browse the museum galleries on your own.Afternoon: GALLERY TALKS: Led by Art Institute educational staff, the gallery talks throughout the program explore the art and artists of the world's mighty civilizations from ancient through modern times. The specific itinerary and arrangement of gallery talks may vary, but the stage is usually set with the ancient traditions of EGYPT AND GREECE How does Ancient Egyptian art reflect the ancient culture's faith, values, and world-view? What stories do the Art Institute's glittering golden masks and linen-wrapped mummies tell?
Get an insider's look at the Art Institute's galleries of GREEK, ROMAN, AND BYZANTINE ART, which are newly renovated and quadruple in size. See how artists of the emerging Ancient Greek civilization readily adopted and adapted Egyptian and Near Eastern subjects for its own cultural context, and discuss the imperial aspirations of Classical Athens in the wake of the Persian War.
We conclude the afternoon in the dazzling Roman and Byzantine galleries. Explore the bold and the beautiful in Imperial Roman portraiture and trace the evolution and convolution of pagan and Christian art, symbols, and ideas during the Byzantine Empire.Dinner: Dinner at the hotel in Lockwood Restaurant. The chef's philosophy is “cooking by hand” with as much made in house from scratch as possible. A choice of entree is offered nightly with your plated and served three-course meal.Evening: FREE EVENING: Take this opportunity to explore the many cultural and historic attractions Chicago has to offers. The city has an outstanding reputation for blues and jazz. You can stroll through Millennium Park to admire the lights and art, or simply relax with the many amenities at the hotel. Consider a visit the Gene Siskel Film Center or Second City comedy improv. Information on Chicago's attractions is provided at orientation on Day 1 and included in your preparatory materials.Lodging: Palmer House Hilton HotelMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
We will enjoy additional free time in the exhibition after our guided visit to revisit the works and themes on our own and then regroup for a slightly later lunch today.Lunch: Get to know your fellow Road Scholar participants and Art Institute staff and volunteer representatives better over lunch in the Art Institute's Museum Café.Afternoon: GALLERY TALK: Continue our exploration together this afternoon with the greatness, tenderness, and playfulness of HINDU AND BUDDHIST ART of India and the Himalayas. Gilded gods and sacred scenes of South Asia express traditions as ancient as civilization itself. A rich language of symbolism, iconography, and belief is expressed in the fine contours of stone and bronze and the soft fabric of painted textiles in the Art Institute’s collection.
JOURNEY ALONG THE SILK ROAD at the crossroads of faith and civilization and follow the spread of Buddhism into China. One of the world's most ancient extant civilizations, China has continuously sought to define itself through artistic expression. Survey Chinese art from the early dynasties to contemporary traditional practices exploring a variety of media and traditions from throughout China's history, including jade carving, cast bronze, sacred and secular sculpture, ceramics, and painting.
The Art Institute of Chicago has been a leading collector of Asian art since the Art Institute's inception over a century ago, with pivotal contributors the collection's growth, such as Frank Lloyd Wright, Mr. and Mrs. Potter Palmer, Martin Ryerson, and Charles Buckingham. The collection continues to grow today with new acquisitions of ancient, antique, and contemporary Asian art.Dinner: Dinner at the hotel in Lockwood Restaurant. Enjoy a different dessert with dinner each night and keep a lookout for "Bertha's Brownie." The Palmer House invented the brownie, introducing this all-American favorite treat at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago. Bertha Palmer, President of the Board of Lady Managers of the World's Columbian Exposition and Palmer House owner, asked the chef of the Palmer House to create a confection for ladies attending the Women's Pavilion at the fair. It should be, she said, smaller than a piece of cake, though still retaining cake-like characteristics and easily eaten from boxed lunches.Evening: FREE EVENING: Take advantage of what this great city has to offer. You may wish to attend a performance by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, a Millennium Park outdoor concert, theater, the Museum of Contemporary Art, or any of a multitude of other choices.Lodging: Palmer House Hilton HotelMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Begin this day inside the Art Institute with the ART OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE. Explore the various interpretations of British expansion and colonialism as seen in the art of this period. As "the sun never sets on the British Empire," how are romantic notions of the indigenous peoples of the world interpreted in art? From the ashes of defeated Napoleonic France in the early 19th century, we also explore Romantic movement as a reaction to the encroaching confines of the Industrial Revolution and an escape from the scientific rationalization of the Age of Enlightenment.Lunch: Lunch in the Art Institute's Museum CaféAfternoon: FREE AFTERNOON: Build on what you've learned and explore the museum on your own. Unwind with a documentary video in the Art Institute. This PBS production discusses the collection and history of the Art Institute, exploring masterpieces that we will see as a group and introducing you to other areas in the museum to explore on your own. Depending on our schedule, this video may be screened the prior afternoon instead.
You may also wish to enjoy the Art Institute's 12:00 and 2:00 public gallery talks, visit the many special exhibitions, marvel at Thorne Miniature Rooms, or research your passion in the Art Institute's world-class art history library. Take advantage of your complimentary Art Institute audio guide ticket (or save it for later).
Or, enjoy this opportunity to visit one of Chicago's many cultural venues, historic neighborhoods, and other museums. Information on Chicago's attractions is provided at orientation on Day 1 and included in your preparatory materials.Dinner: Dinner at the hotel in Lockwood Restaurant.Evening: FREE EVENING: You have many options in this world class city.Lodging: Palmer House Hilton HotelMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Begin this morning inside the Art Institute as we continue our exploration together with the ART OF THE FRENCH REVOLUTION AND NAPOLEONIC ERA. Explore the impact of Napoleon's imperial aspirations and how this is expressed through artists' eyes. See the foundation lain for the Academic tradition of the art of the French Salon and discover the Impressionist revolution as a rebellion against artistic tradition.Lunch: Lunch in the Art Institute's Museum CaféAfternoon: GALLERY TALKS: After lunch, enjoy some free time to explore the Art Institute and its special exhibitions. We will then regroup for a private gallery talk on the ANCIENT ART OF THE AMERICAS AND KINGDOMS OF AFRICA.
For thousands of years, the southwestern portion of what is now the United States and the Mesoamerican and Andean regions had been inhabited by great civilizations preceded only by the cultures of the ancient Middle East and China. The Art Institute’s holdings of ancient American art from 2000 BCE to 1492 CE are widely recognized for their exceptional quality. The collection includes sculpture, ceramics, metalwork, and textiles created by Native Americans, the inhabitants of Teotihuacan, and the Olmec, Maya, and Aztecs of ancient Mesoamerica.
Following our exploration of the ancient Americas, feel the contemplative galleries of African art come to life in a whirl of dance, costume, song, and community. The Art Institute’s African art collection, widely recognized for its fine quality, features noteworthy examples of wood sculpture, masks, ceramics, furniture, textiles, and beadwork from ancient civilizations and contemporary cultures. Among the African continent’s most acclaimed artistic heritage, and prominently represented in the Art Institute's collection, are the spectacular brass and sophisticated ivory royal sculptures and regalia from the West African Kingdom of Benin.Dinner: Dinner on your own. Enjoy this opportunity to explore Chicago's many excellent and historic eateries. Some of the most popular are Rick Bayless's Frontera Grill, Russian Tea Time, Ada's Famous Deli, 17/west at the Berghoff, the Art Institute's new Modern Wing rooftop restaurant Terzo Piano, and more; recommendations provided. Eat on your own time and pace to take advantage of the evening programs at the Art Institute.Evening: Return to the Art Institute this evening to explore on your own or attend the public programs. The Art Institute is open until 8:00pm Thursday evenings. Your preparatory materials may also include information on a free-time performance of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra this evening.Lodging: Palmer House Hilton HotelMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
We trust you have enjoyed this exciting new program and will return for other rewarding learning adventures in the future. Best wishes for all your journeys!Meals Included: Breakfast