|Jacob Ochtervelt. The Music Lesson, 1671. Mr. and Mrs. Martin A. Ryerson Collection.
The Art Institute offers a wide variety of programs during the Silk Road season, including lectures, performances, artist demonstrations, concerts, family events, and more.
For a complete list of events, click on each category below.
For more information on Silk Road programs, please call (312) 443-3680. All programs are free with museum admission unless otherwise noted.
Opening Day Celebration on September 30
Enjoy special exhibitions, lectures, gallery talks, and other events for visitors of all ages. See performances by the Silk Road Ensemble, the Natya Dance Theatre, and the Chicago Children's Choir. Hear world music percussion with Doug Brush, and solo performances by Silk Road Ensemble musicians Yang Wei and Betti Xiang. Young audiences can enjoy Silk Road stories told by playwright/actor Christopher Cartmill.
Chicago Humanities Festival
Explore the Silk Road legacy at the Art Institute through the eyes of the Chicago Humanities Festival! Presenters include select members of the Silk Road Ensemble and poet Gary Snyder. For tickets or more information, call (312) 494-9509 or visit www.chfestival.org.
Every second Wednesday of each month at noon, Art Institute curators present objects related to the Silk Road from the museum’s collection.
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Curatorial and education staff and visiting guest scholars present aspects of the museum's collection within the history of art in slide-illustrated presentations or panel discussions.
Don’t miss the inaugural Presidential lecture on November 9 with Kwame Anthony Appiah!
One Thursday every month at 6:00
Distinguished scholars from around the world present research and discuss topics ranging from ancient artworks to contemporary politics.
PERFORMANCES, CONCERTS, AND DEMONSTRATIONS
Art Plus invites you to meet exceptionally talented performing artists and writers as they reflect on the value of the visual arts in our world today.
Throughout the Silk Road season, the Art Institute offers a wide variety of concerts from celebrated musicians. Save the date for Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble, in residence at the Art Institute from April 915, 2007.
Visiting artists, musicians, and performers demonstrate their art in Gallery 142 and Fullerton Hall.
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SEMINARS AND SYMPOSIA
Come to the Art Institute to hear world-renowned panels of scholars present and discuss their research. Featured seminars and symposia focus on Islamic art and culture, the spread of ideas and Islam in Africa, and the relationship between Venice and the East.
Families are invited to explore the themes of the Silk Road with programs for the entire family!
The Artist’s Studio invites families to visit the picture-book exhibition Stories from the Silk Road in the Kraft Education Center and make a work of art to take home! All ages.
Discover works of art on a brief gallery visit through stories, games, and hands-on art activities! Ages 35 with an adult.
Experience the museum on an interactive gallery walk and create an artwork of your own! Ages 612 with an adult.
Don’t miss Silk Road Family Day on April 14!
Pick up your Silk Road Chicago Express Passport at the Art Institute and take a trip around Chicago for a Silk Road Adventure.
STUDENTS AND TEACHERS
The Art Institute offers a variety of teacher workshops and programs to help teachers introduce the Silk Road into their classrooms.
For more information about student tours of Silk Road and Beyond, click here.
The Teacher Resource Center is a place for teachers, art volunteers, parents, and other educators to find resources about the Silk Road and to incorporate art into the classroom.
Listen to actors read from stories, journals, and literature from cultures and countries of the Silk Road. Ages 10 and up.
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