Glessner House and the Arts & Crafts Movement
Jun
2
10:00 AM10:00

Glessner House and the Arts & Crafts Movement

Glessner House is internationally recognized as a pivotal work of architect H. H. Richardson.  But equally important is the significant collection of furniture and decorative arts that John and Frances Glessner selected and commissioned to furnish their home.  In these special behind-the-scenes tours, Executive Director and Curator William Tyre will showcase items from the collection that demonstrate Frances Glessner’s commitment to the tenets of the Arts & Crafts movement, both as a collector and as a talented silversmith, jewelry maker, and needle worker.  The work of Isaac E. Scott will be highlighted.  Over the course of  more than 40 years, Scott designed and executed countless pieces for the family, including furniture, picture frames, earthenware, pewter and embroidery designs.  These special tours are being presented for the first time in 2018 as partner programs with Art Design Chicago, a citywide celebration of the city's art and design legacy spearheaded by the Terra Foundation.   To learn more, visit artdesignchicago.org

 

 

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A Walk Through Time
Jun
10
1:00 PM13:00

A Walk Through Time

This very special tour provides attendees with the rare opportunity to visit the interiors of several historic homes in the Prairie Avenue Historic District.  Following the tour, attendees are invited to return to the museum for a reception and silent auction, featuring theatre tickets, Chicago memorabilia, collectibles, architectural fragments, and other items of interest.

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Art for the People: Progressive- and WPA-Era Murals in the Chicago Public Schools
Jun
28
7:00 PM19:00

Art for the People: Progressive- and WPA-Era Murals in the Chicago Public Schools

Between 1903 and 1943, political, economic, and social forces united to bring art to the people, through public programs funded by the government.  During that time, hundreds of murals were painted in Chicago public schools, but many were eventually painted over, torn down, or left to deteriorate. In the late 20th century, a massive project to document and preserve surviving murals was undertaken, the most intensive mural preservation project in American history.  In this compelling lecture, Heather Becker, author of Art for the People and CEO of The Conservation Center,  will chronicle the story of these murals and their meticulous restoration. 

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Motor Row Walking Tour
Jul
7
10:00 AM10:00

Motor Row Walking Tour

This walking tour down South Michigan Avenue will explore what is considered to be the largest intact early “automobile row” in the U.S.  At its peak in the early 20th century, over 100 different makes of automobiles were being sold in Motor Row.  More than sixty of the original showrooms survive today as the landmark Motor Row District, with examples by architects Holabird & Roche, Alfred Alschuler, Christian Eckstorm, Philip Maher, and Albert Kahn.

 

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Courtyard Concert:  Emily Hurd
Jul
25
5:30 PM17:30

Courtyard Concert: Emily Hurd

Pack your picnic, grab your blanket, and chill your favorite beverages, it’s time for Courtyard Concerts at Glessner House. Our first concert will feature acclaimed Chicago singer/songwriter Emily Hurd. Described by the Daily Gazette as "About equal parts Shawn Colvin (vocal beauty, heartland roots), Tori Amos (pianistic punch) and Maria Muldaur (bluesy buzz)” Hurd’s thoughtful lyrics and amazing voice is a perfect complement to a summer evening.

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Motor Row Walking Tour
Aug
11
10:00 AM10:00

Motor Row Walking Tour

This walking tour down South Michigan Avenue will explore what is considered to be the largest intact early “automobile row” in the U.S.  At its peak in the early 20th century, over 100 different makes of automobiles were being sold in Motor Row.  More than sixty of the original showrooms survive today as the landmark Motor Row District, with examples by architects Holabird & Roche, Alfred Alschuler, Christian Eckstorm, Philip Maher, and Albert Kahn.

 

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Motor Row Walking Tour
Sep
8
10:00 AM10:00

Motor Row Walking Tour

This walking tour down South Michigan Avenue will explore what is considered to be the largest intact early “automobile row” in the U.S.  At its peak in the early 20th century, over 100 different makes of automobiles were being sold in Motor Row.  More than sixty of the original showrooms survive today as the landmark Motor Row District, with examples by architects Holabird & Roche, Alfred Alschuler, Christian Eckstorm, Philip Maher, and Albert Kahn.

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Glessner House and the Arts & Crafts Movement
Sep
22
10:00 AM10:00

Glessner House and the Arts & Crafts Movement

Glessner House is internationally recognized as a pivotal work of architect H. H. Richardson.  But equally important is the significant collection of furniture and decorative arts that John and Frances Glessner selected and commissioned to furnish their home.  In these special behind-the-scenes tours, Executive Director and Curator William Tyre will showcase items from the collection that demonstrate Frances Glessner’s commitment to the tenets of the Arts & Crafts movement, both as a collector and as a talented silversmith, jewelry maker, and needle worker.  The work of Isaac E. Scott will be highlighted.  Over the course of  more than 40 years, Scott designed and executed countless pieces for the family, including furniture, picture frames, earthenware, pewter and embroidery designs.  These special tours are being presented for the first time in 2018 as partner programs with Art Design Chicago, a citywide celebration of the city's art and design legacy spearheaded by the Terra Foundation.   To learn more, visit artdesignchicago.org

 

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Rediscovering Chicago's Legendary Artist Edgar Miller
Sep
25
7:00 PM19:00

Rediscovering Chicago's Legendary Artist Edgar Miller

Edgar Miller was a master craftsman as well as a conceptual artist, and was able to translate his ideas into nearly any medium.  During the height of his career in the 1920s and 1930s, Miller designed and executed two bohemian artist colony buildings known as Carl Street Studios and Kogen-Miller Studios.   Garnering more attention today is Miller’s Glasner Studio, one of his artistically rehabbed homes celebrated in Edgar Miller and the Handmade Home (City Files Press, 2009).  This lecture by Zac Bleicher, Executive Director of the Edgar Miller legacy, will hone in on a “best of” history of Miller’s broad and deep oeuvre and also discuss the preservation efforts to keep Miller’s incredibly unique history intact and vibrant for future generations to appreciate and learn from.  Co-sponsored by Friends of Historic Second Church.  This lecture is being presented as a partner program with Art Design Chicago, a citywide celebration of the city's art and design legacy spearheaded by the Terra Foundation.  To learn more, visit artdesignchicago.org. 

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The World's Columbian Exposition in Music and Story
Oct
28
3:00 PM15:00

The World's Columbian Exposition in Music and Story

Step back in time 125 years to relive the grandeur and majesty that was the World's Columbian Exposition.  The Fair was attended by 27 million people between May and October 1893 and secured Chicago's place as a world-class city.  This very special performance will feature musical selections related to the fair, performed on the historic 4 manual Austin organ of Second Presbyterian Church by its music director Michael Shawgo.  Commentary during the performance will provide a rich variety of stories about the Fair and its impact on Chicago and the world.

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Lofty Ambition: Charles L. Hutchinson and the Making of the Art Institute
Nov
8
7:00 PM19:00

Lofty Ambition: Charles L. Hutchinson and the Making of the Art Institute

Established in 1879 from the remnants of a foundering art academy, Chicago’s first distinguished museum grew into a sturdy institution largely through the efforts of Charles L. Hutchinson, who served as its president from 1882 until his death in 1924.  A son of Prairie Avenue and a leading banker, he might have devoted his life to building a great personal fortune.  Instead, as a friend observed, “He had a loftier ambition than accumulating millions.”  Author and cultural historian Celia Hilliard will review the public and private life of this influential citizen who did much to educate and elevate local taste and promote Chicago’s emergence as a world city.  This is the third in a series of four lectures being presented in 2018 as partner programs with Art Design Chicago, a citywide celebration of the city's art and design legacy spearheaded by the Terra Foundation.  To learn more, visit artdesignchicago.org.  

 

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Glessner House and the Arts & Crafts Movement
Dec
8
10:00 AM10:00

Glessner House and the Arts & Crafts Movement

Glessner House is internationally recognized as a pivotal work of architect H. H. Richardson.  But equally important is the significant collection of furniture and decorative arts that John and Frances Glessner selected and commissioned to furnish their home.  In these special behind-the-scenes tours, Executive Director and Curator William Tyre will showcase items from the collection that demonstrate Frances Glessner’s commitment to the tenets of the Arts & Crafts movement, both as a collector and as a talented silversmith, jewelry maker, and needle worker.  The work of Isaac E. Scott will be highlighted.  Over the course of  more than 40 years, Scott designed and executed countless pieces for the family, including furniture, picture frames, earthenware, pewter and embroidery designs.  These special tours are being presented for the first time in 2018 as partner programs with Art Design Chicago, a citywide celebration of the city's art and design legacy spearheaded by the Terra Foundation.   To learn more, visit artdesignchicago.org

 

 

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