Enjoy exciting day trips and overnight adventures to arts and cultural events throughout the year!
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The Chicago Imagists: Hairy Who?
Friday, December 7, 2018
Explore this unique moment in Chicago’s art scene and discover the self-defined group of artists that included Jim Falconer, Art Green, Gladys Nilsson, Jim Nutt, Suellen Rocca, and Karl Wirsum. Visit the Art Institute of Chicago’s exhibition Hairy Who: 1966-1969 that explores the group’s bold, graphic work and history of their exhibitions at the Hyde Park Art Center. Also visit the Elmhurst Art Museum’s exhibition of Imagists work on loan from the Elmhurst College Art Collection curated by Suellen Rocca with a special private introduction and overview from the distinguished artist herself. Since 2006, Rocca has served as the Curator and Director of Exhibitions overseeing the Imagist collection at the College and has championed its importance. RSVP by 11/30.
Departure 9 a.m. Expected Return 6 p.m. Price: NIU Art Museum Members $25; Non-Member St/Sr $30; Non-Member Adult $35. Ticket price includes transportation. AIC Admission on your own (AIC Members free; IL residents $22 Adults; $16 St/Sr.; EAM admission free first Friday of the month). Meals and incidentals not included.
Image: Jim Falconer, Art Green, Gladys Nilsson, Jim Nutt, Suellen Rocca, and Karl Wirsum. Hairy Who, 1966. The Art Institute of Chicago, gift of Gladys Nilsson and Jim Nutt.
Alexander Calder/Jeff Koons at the MCA
Tuesday, February 26
Visit the MCA, Chicago’s celebratory 50th Anniversary exhibition that brings together two of the most important artist in the Museum’s collection. Calder’s weightless sculptures and Koon’s celebration of the mundane and concrete, in Heaven and Earth: Alexander Calder and Jeff Koons that highlights both artists’ interest in playing with balance and gravity to make compelling sculptural statements while reveling in the contrasts between high art and mundane materials. While in Chicago visit the River North and West Loop gallery districts to visit several of the galleries at your own pace with time for dinner in River North’s or Water Tower’s restaurants. RSVP by 02/19.
Departure 9 a.m. Expected Return 7 p.m. Price: NIU Art Museum Members $25; Non-Member St/Sr $30; Non-Member Adult $35. Ticket price includes transportation. MCA Admission free on Tuesday for IL residents. Meals and incidentals not included.
Alexander Calder, Performing Seal, 1950. Sheet metal, paint, and steel wire; 33 × 23 × 36 in. (83.8 × 58.4 × 91.4 cm). The Leonard and Ruth Horwich Family Loan, EL1995.7. © 2017 Calder Foundation, New York/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago.
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