September 1, 2009–June 30, 2010


Poet Wallace Stevens may have had “Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird,” but this season the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, and Poetry Foundation come together to present 500 Ways of Looking at Modern, an yearlong exploration of what modern means.

Join us every week for a series of exhibitions, performances, readings, family programs, talks, tours, and lectures as we look at “modern” from the perspective of artists, curators, dancers, museum directors, musicians, poets, and scholars. Each week offers a fresh way of looking. Many events are free of charge and occur on Thursdays at 6:00 in Fullerton Hall at the Art Institute of Chicago, except where noted.

Explore our concerts and performances, family programs, gallery talks and tours, lectures and conversations, readings, and symposia, or view the entire season by date.

Vasily Kandinsky. Improvisation No. 30 (Cannons) (detail), 1913. Arthur Jerome Eddy Memorial Collection.