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

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

10.00

Thursday November 8, 2018

7:00pm

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.

 

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