The summer street festivals are long gone and the Oktoberfest celebrations are almost over but no worries, Art Design Chicago has teamed up with some of Chicago's top cultural partners including Art Encounter, the Block Museum, Chicago History Museum, Diasporal Rhythms, Friends of Historic Second Church, and others to create a series of unique art tours that may even be more colorful than the changing leaves.
- A Spooky Walk
With the Day of the Dead and Halloween just around the corner you'll want to catch the spirit at the Art Deco Cemetery Tour of the Bohemian National Cemetery where guests will explore how unexpected design aesthetics including art deco and mid-century modernism have been used to both commemorate and to mourn the deceased.
2. Urban Lettering Tour
A fascinating look at Urban Lettering tour will focus on The Loop, a compact area rich in a mix of lettering styles, techniques and materials, from the artistic lettering of the late 19th century to Art Deco, and from inscribed classical Roman capitals to sans serifs in neon, and more—including ghost signs
Lettering in the Loop with Paul Shaw, October 26, 10-1pm. Departs from the Michigan Avenue entrance of the Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago. $25.
3. Second Presbyterian Church
Designated a National Historic Landmark in 2013, Chicago’s Second Presbyterian Church boasts an extraordinary example of interior design in the Arts & Crafts style. This program includes a presentation and tour through the sanctuary highlighting significant artistic features by muralist Frederic Clay Bartlett, lighting designer Willy Lau, sculptor Frederick Purdy, and others.
Chicago Craftsmen and Second Presbyterian Church, November 3, 10am-Noon, Second Presbyterian Church, 1936 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago. $10.
4. Private Home Art Tour
Visit the North Shore home of Evie and Larry Aronson, which features a spectacular collection of more than 100 artists, almost all of them Chicago-based. Learn directly from the Aronsons about their long-standing passion for collecting work by Chicago artists, many of whom became their friends. From there, the encounter continues to the Ed Paschke Art Center for a private tour of the largest collection of Paschke work on permanent public view anywhere in the world.
The Chicago’s Own: The Imagists tour departs from the Welcome Center at the Chicago Cultural Center, 77 E. Randolph St., Chicago. November 3, 2018, 1–5 p.m. $30.
5. See the Light in Evanston
Join the co-curators Amy Beste and Corinne Granof, and Greg Holderfield, the Director of the Segal Design Institute, for a tour of the exhibition Up Is Down: Mid-century Experiments in Advertising and Film at the Goldsholl Studio, in which the trio share their perspectives on the groundbreaking design work of Morton and Millie Goldsholl. This gallery talk includes insights into the Goldsholl’s studio practice, with special emphasis on the ways in which playfulness and experimentation inspired their commercial work.
See the Light: Inside the Exhibition “Up Is Down” at the Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, 40 Arts Circle Dr., Evanston. November 7, 6-7:30 pm. Free.
6. A Capitol Experience
In celebration of the State’s Bicentennial, Art Encounter presents a two-day motor coach arts excursion to Springfield. The tour features a visit to the newly restored Illinois Governor’s Mansion to view its inaugural exhibition, Art of Illinois, presented as part of Art Design Chicago. the state’s artistic legacy.
Additional tour stops include Frank Lloyd Wright’s Dana-Thomas House, the Springfield Art Association, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, and the art collections of the Illinois State Museum and a local private collector. Led by artist and Art Encounter Artistic Director Joanna Pinsky, the tour includes motor coach transportation, three meals, entry fees, guided tours, and one night hotel accommodation.
A Bicentennial Celebration of the Arts $555 per person/$65 single supplement. November 15-16.
7. Chicago art at its finest
Guests will go on a walking tour of some of Chicago's finest private collections of art from The University Club, The Union League Club, and Bank of America --all of which have collections featuring Chicago artists.
The University Club collects post-World War II art by Chicago artists, with works by artists affiliated with the Hairy Who and Chicago Imagists hanging in the newly-renovated Presidents’ Bar, as well as contemporary works located throughout the Clubhouse. American art, particularly Midwestern art of the 20th century.
Chicago’s Art in Private Spaces tour departs from The University Club, 76 E. Monroe Street, Chicago. November 17, 9am-1pm. $20.
8. More Paschke
A bold innovator and educator who enjoyed disrupting conventions, Chicago artist Ed Paschke challenged his students to think outside the box during his decades-long teaching career. Beth Derderian, a Block Museum Fellow and doctoral candidate in Anthropology at Northwestern University, unpacks Paschke's teaching methods and artistic practices during a tour of the exhibition Break A Rule: Ed Paschke’s Art and Teaching.
Every Manner of Humanity: Inside the Exhibition “Break a Rule” at the Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, 40 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston. November 29, 2018 6-7:30pm. Free.
9. Behind the scenes at Glessner House
Glessner House is internationally recognized as a pivotal work of architect H. H. Richardson, but the significant collection of furniture and decorative arts that John and Frances Glessner selected and commissioned to furnish their home is equally important.
Glessner House Executive Director and Curator William Tyre will showcase items from the collection that demonstrate Frances Glessner’s commitment to the Arts & Crafts movement.
Glessner House and the Arts & Crafts Movement, December 8, 2018 10am-12pm. Glessner House Museum, 1800 S. Prairie Avenue, Chicago. $25 /$20 members.
About Art Design Chicago
Art Design Chicago showcases the unique and vital role Chicago plays as America’s crossroads of creativity and commerce. Initiated by the Terra Foundation for American Art, this citywide partnership of more than 75 cultural organizations explores Chicago’s art and design legacy and continued impact with more than 30 exhibitions, hundreds of events, as well as the creation of several scholarly publications and a four-part television series presented throughout 2018.
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