Georges Seurat. Le Bec du Hoc, 1885, reworked 1888/89, Tate, London

    All events are free with museum admission unless noted with an asterisk (*).
    For additional program information, please call the Department of Museum Education at (312) 443-3680.


    Exhibition Overviews
    June 23, July 14, August 18, September 15 at 12:00
    Fullerton Hall

    *Art Plus: Master Sketch Seminar: An Afternoon in the Park
    Tuesday, July 13, 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
    Use Columbus Drive entrance.
    Explore plein-air (open-air) and Pointillism in this summer seminar. For details and registration information, click here.

    Escorts for the Blind
    July 21, August 11 and 18 at 9:45 a.m.
    Use Columbus Drive entrance.
    This program is free, but registration is required. Call (312) 443-3929.

    Sunday Afternoon with La Grande Jatte: Calculation and Intuition in Art from Seurat to the Present
    Sunday, September 19
    1:00 p.m.–3:30 p.m.
    The investigation of A Sunday on La Grande Jatte—1884 by scholars, conservators and color scientists has produced a revised image of Seurat and his masterpiece that is at the heart of the exhibition Seurat and the Making of "La Grande Jatte." Instead of a master planner who applied rules in a mechanical way, we now know that Seurat was an artist who, like other artists, built up experience through the act of painting and whose masterpiece evolved in reaction to what he saw as he worked.

    The curators of the exhibition, Douglas Druick and Gloria Groom, will host a panel discussion to mark the conclusion of this groundbreaking exhibition and to look further into the notion of artistic intentions and methods during and since Seurat's time. Scheduled discussants include art historians Robert L. Herbert, Richard Shiff, Joachim Pissarro, and preeminent British artist Bridget Riley. The panel is free to the public with museum admission. Please call (312) 443-3680 for more information.


    New Light on Seurat and “La Grande Jatte”
    Thursday, July 1, at 6:00 p.m.
    Fullerton Hall
    Gloria Groom, cocurator of exhibition

    Seurat's Butterfly: James McNeill Whistler and Georges Seurat
    Thursday, July 15, at 6:00 p.m.
    Fullerton Hall
    Suzanne Singletary, Philadelphia University

    Seurat and the Painting of Paris
    Thursday, August 26, at 6:00 p.m.
    Fullerton Hall
    Levi Smith, art historian

    University Night
    Monday, September 13, 5:30–8:30 p.m.
    Use Columbus Drive entrance.
    This free program is offered to university and college faculty and students. A valid student or faculty ID is required. To register, call (312) 857-7182 or send an e-mail to with your name, school, and e-mail address.


    Voices for Seurat
    Thursdays at 12:00 p.m.
    Fullerton Hall
    July 8: Claude Monet
    July 15, 29, August 5, 12, September 9: Seurat’s Paris
    July 22: Camille Pissarro

    *Art Plus: Dean Chamberlain: Painting with Light
    Sunday, July 25, at 2:00 p.m.
    Fullerton Hall
    Artist Dean Chamberlain demonstrates his unique technique for creating landscape images. For details and registration information, click here.


    All family programs take place in the Kraft Education Center on the ground level.

    *Planning a Masterpiece: The Art of Seurat
    Wednesday, June 23, 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
    Ages 9 and up with an adult
    Fee: $15 (includes ticket to exhibition)
    After a tour of the exhibition, families make sketches of figures and the outdoors that they use to plan and create larger paintings. For more information or to register, please call (312) 857-7161. Space is limited.

    The Artist’s Studio: Hatmaking
    Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays in July (except July 4), and August 1
    Drop between 12:30 and 3:30 p.m.
    All ages

    The Artist’s Studio: Draw from a Model in Parisian Dress
    Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays in July (except July 2, 3, and 4), and August 1
    Drop in between 12:30 and 3:30 p.m.
    All ages

    The Artist’s Studio: Lots of Dots
    Tuesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays in August (except August 1 and 7)
    Drop in between 12:30 and 3:30 p.m.
    All ages

    Gallery Walks
    Painting with Light: Impressionism
    Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays in July (except July 3 and 4) at 11:00
    Tuesdays in July and August at 11:00 and 1:30
    Ages 6 and up
    On this 30-minute gallery walk, see Impressionist and Postimpressionist paintings.

    For more information on family programs, click here.


    Tours for Students
    Self-guided tours of the exhibition are offered Monday through Thursday, from June 21 through September 16. Illinois public school groups are free; however, a $15 service charge applies. Out-of-state school groups are $12 per ticket, with a $40 service charge per group. Space is limited. For information, click here.

    *Connecting Science and Art with Seurat's La Grande Jatte
    July 7, 9:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
    5 CPDUs
    Fee: $50
    Advance registration is required. Call (312) 443-3575. For more information, click here.

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