The Art of Empires at the Art Institute of Chicago
Program No. 21015RJ
6 days
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5 nights
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At a Glance

How do artists respond to the imperial aspirations of great nations? What roles did art and artists play in the civilizations of the ancient world? Explore these and other questions with lecturers and curators from the renowned Art Institute of Chicago, with original treasures of the art world serving as primary documents. Through expert talks, before-hours access to the museum and admission to special exhibitions, delve into the development of Classical, Asian, Mesoamerican and African kingdoms; the artist's response to the French Revolution, Napoleonic era and British colonialism; and the ideas and aesthetics of American expansionism, all while learning novel approaches to looking at, interpreting and discussing art.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Gain access to the museum before it opens to the public for gallery talks led by the Art Institute art historians.
  • In a private meeting with a museum curator, discuss collection and conservation practices and hear behind-the-scenes information about the museum’s operation.
  • Includes an expert-led exploration of the Art Institute’s new Modern Wing and Marc Chagall’s recently reinstalled “America Windows,” plus admission to all special exhibitions.
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