Toulouse-Lautrec and Montmartre
Toulouse-Lautrec and Montmartre. July16-October12, 2005  



    Moulin Rouge: La Goulue
    Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Moulin Rouge: La Goulue, 1891. The Art Institute of Chicago, Mr. and Mrs. Carter H. Harrison Collection.

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


    Paris: Photographs from a Time That Was
    August 13–November 6, 2005
    Galleries 1 and 2

    Some of the greatest photographers of Paris—Eugène Atget, Jacques-Henri Lartigue, André Kertész, Brassaï, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Doisneau—were hardly known when they began their most innovative work. They found Paris to be the perfect climate in which to invent and develop a new approach to conceiving the photographic image. Masterworks from these now famous visionaries form the core of a selection of 100 photographs of Paris from the 1850s to the 1950s, all of which are drawn from the impressive collection of the Art Institute of Chicago.

    For more information on this exhibition, click here.


    Exhibition Overviews
    Saturday, July 30, at noon
    Friday, August 26, at noon
    Tuesday, October 4, at noon
    Fullerton Hall

    Lecture: Lautrec and the Japanese: Brothers
    Mark Krisco, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
    Tuesday, September 6, at noon
    Fullerton Hall

    Gallery Talk: Lautrec Makes a Color Lithograph
    Mark Pascale, associate curator
    Wednesday, September 14, at noon
    Gallery 100

    Escorts for the Blind
    Wednesdays, August 3, 24, and 31, at 9:45 a.m.
    Use Columbus Drive entrance.
    This program is free, but registration is required. Call (312) 443-3929.

    Day of Discovery: Toulouse-Lautrec at the Art Institute of Chicago
    Thursday, July 21, 9:45–3:30
    Thursday, August 25, 9:45–3:30
    Registration is required at


    Slide-illustrated lectures by museum curatorial and education staff and visiting guest scholars

    Toulouse-Lautrec and Montmartre
    Thursday, July 14, 6:00
    Rubloff Auditorium
    Richard Thomson, Watson Gordon Professor of Fine Arts at the University of Edinburgh

    The Ambivalent Glamour of Toulouse-Lautrec’s Montmartre
    Thursday, August 4, 6:00
    Fullerton Hall
    Gloria Groom, David and Mary Winton Green Curator, Department of Medieval through Modern European Painting, and Modern European Sculpture

    Toulouse-Lautrec and the Culture of Celebrity
    Thursday, August 11, 6:00
    Fullerton Hall
    Mary Weaver Chapin, assistant curator, Milwaukee Art Museum

    “I have two lives”: Toulouse-Lautrec’s Art as Autobiography
    Thursday, September 22, 6:00
    Fullerton Hall
    Julia Bloch Frey, art historian

    University Night
    Wednesday, October 5, 5:30–8:30
    Free evening event for college and university students and faculty. Avoid the normal crowds, enjoy lectures by curators and area scholars, sketch from a model in period clothing, and socialize at a coffee-bar reception. University Nights are offered twice each year.

    How to Attend:
    1. Free, but you must register to attend. Individuals are welcome, or instructors can arrange to bring a class. Space is limited and once capacity is reached, registration will close. To register, send an e-mail to or leave a message at (312) 857-7182 with your name, e-mail address, and school that you attend. 
    2. On the evening of the event, enter the museum at the Columbus Drive entrance.
    3. Bring your school ID to gain entrance. Only current students and faculty may attend.


    Click here for registration information or purchase tickets online. Call (312) 575-8000 to order by phone or stop by any museum admission counter.

    Opening Day Festivities
    Café-Concert dancers from Momenta, Oak Park
    Michigan Avenue Steps
    Saturday, July 16, at 10:00

    *Dance Performance
    Dancer Loïe Fuller in the Time of Lautrec
    Thursday, September 29, 6:00
    Fullerton Hall
    Tickets: Members and Students, $10; Non-members, $15
    This program tells the story of Chicago-area born Loïe Fuller, her impact on the world of dance, and the long journey of recent study that allowed a reconstruction of her magnificent performances. The highlight is a performance of her signature "Fire Dance."

    Toulouse-Lautrec’s Montmartre
    July 21, July 28
    August 11, August 18, August 25
    September 8, September 15
    Fullerton Hall
    Artists speak for themselves in this regular series. Hear locally and nationally known actors read scripts drawn from artists’ letters, journals, and writings. Slides and music accompany each reading. A gallery finder helps visitors locate related works in the museum.

    Printers in Residence
    Saturdays and Sundays, 10:00–4:00, July 16–August 28, September 10–October 9
    Thursdays, 5:00–7:00, July 21–October 6
    Gallery 142

    A team of artists from Anchor Graphics works with a Lautrec-inspired picture of performer Jane Avril as they demonstrate the lithographic process used by Lautrec’s printers to bring his poster images to life.

    *Lecture Series
    Behind the Scene: Toulouse-Lautrec and Montmartre
    Fridays, September 23, September 30, and October 7, at 11:00
    Price Auditorium
    For registration information, click here.
    Series tickets: Members, $36; Non-members, $44; Students, $28
    Single-lecture tickets: Members, $4; Non-members, $6; Students, $12

    Take a closer look at the work of Toulouse-Lautrec with three of the world's foremost authorities on the artist. Julia Bloch Frey, author of the definitive biography of Toulouse-Lautrec, discusses his sophisticated narrative devices. Charles Stuckey, curator of the groundbreaking 1979 exhibition of Toulouse-Lautrec's work, explores the changing perceptions of the artist and his world. Stephen Eisenman, the highly respected scholar of the art of 19th-century France, examines the complex relationship between Toulouse-Lautrec's creative genius and the emergence of modern popular culture.

    Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Storyteller
    Friday, September 23, 11:00
    Julia Bloch Frey, art historian

    Toulouse-Lautrec: Then and Now
    Friday, September 30, 11:00
    Charles Stuckey, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

    Mass Culture or Mass Deception?
    Friday, October 7, 11:00
    Stephen Eisenman, Northwestern University

    *Drawing Classes
    Lautrec’s Model in Motion: Jane Avril

    Saturdays, July 23, 30, August 13
    11:30–1:00, Morton Auditorium
    Tickets: Members and Students, $10; Non-members, $15
    Classes include slide reviews of selected works by Lautrec and drawing lessons with a costumed model.

    *Reading Course
    Julia Bloch Frey’s “Toulouse-Lautrec: A Life”

    Thursdays, September 8, 15, 22
    5:30–7:00, Morton Auditorium
    Tickets: Members and Students, $20; Non-Members, $25
    Trace the life and times of Lautrec in this biography. Discuss his experiences in Montmartre café-concert halls, where his evenings with performers like La Goulue, Jane Avril, and Loïe Fuller found their way into the history of art. Books are available in the Museum Shop.

    Toulouse-Lautrec and Montmartre
    Saturdays, through September 24, at 11:00
    August 6, 20, Sept. 3, 2: Price Auditorium

    August 13, 27, Sept 10, 17: Fullerton Hall

    This 35-minute film, produced for the exhibition by the National Gallery of Art, Washington, provides an overview of the relationship between Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and Montmartre's avant-garde culture using works of art, archival film footage, and commentary by contemporary scholars.

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

    The Artist�s Studio
    All ages are invited to participate in art activities inspired by objects in the museum.

    “Under the Big Top” Mural
    Tuesdays in July, 11:00–3:00
    Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays in July, 11:00–2:00

    Shadow Puppets
    Tuesdays in July, 11:00–3:00
    Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays in July, 11:00–2:00 (except July 1, 2, and 3)

    Draw from a Model
    Tuesdays in August, 11:00–2:00

    Printed Posters
    Tuesdays in August, 11:00–3:00
    Saturdays and Sundays in August, 11:00–2:00

    Gallery Walks
    On these 30-minute, interactive tours, see the art of entertainment from different times and places.
    Ages 6 & up

    All the World’s a Stage
    Tuesdays in July and August, 11:30 or 1:30
    Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays in July at 11:30 (except July 1, 2, and 3)

    *Circus Parade: A Family Art Camp
    Monday–Friday, August 8–12, 9:00–12:30
    Ages 6–12 with an adult companion

    Family Art Camp draws extensively on the Art Institute’s world-class art collection, with daily gallery visits to explore paintings, prints, and sculpture related to the theme of the circus, including the special exhibition Toulouse-Lautrec and Montmartre. Daily studio sessions are held at the School of the Art Institute’s Columbus Drive Building, adjacent to the Art Institute’s Columbus Drive entrance. This program will be led jointly by an Art Institute educator and a studio arts teacher from the School of the Art Institute. For more information about tuition and registration, call (312) 899-5130, email, or visit

    Art on Stage: Toulouse-Lautrec
    Wednesday, August 3, 9:30–3:30
    Fee: $50; 5 CPDUs

    The visual and performing arts are both means of communication. In this workshop, these two art forms merge. In the morning, teachers see the exhibition Toulouse-Lautrec and Montmartre, which focuses on this Postimpressionist painter’s portrayal of the entertainers of his day. Using these artworks for inspiration in the afternoon, teachers work with educators from a Chicago theater group and learn how the performing arts can enhance their students’ skills in communication, teamwork, and creative problem solving. 

    Meets state goals in Language Arts, Social Science, Fine Arts, and Social/Emotional Learning. To register, click here.

    Tickets for teacher led groups are available Monday through Thursday at 11:00, 11:30, 12:00 and 12:30, from July 18 through October 6. There is a maximum of 70 students per ticket time. Illinois group tickets are free of charge with a $15 surcharge per order. Out of state groups pay $15 per ticket plus a $45 surcharge per order. To schedule a student tour click here. For further information, please call (312) 443-3679.


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    We are proud to offer the following programs exclusively to members.

    Member Preview Days
    Thursday, July 14, at 6:00
    Fullerton Hall
    Richard Thomson, University of Edinburgh

    Friday, July 15, at noon
    Fullerton Hall
    Gloria Groom, exhibition curator

    Members get a rare opportunity to view special exhibitions in advance of the public. Present your membership card to attend Member Preview Days.

    Potpourri programs are designed especially for members and their friends. Enjoy lectures, bus tours, and regional travel programs. Art Institute members receive Potpourri brochures four times a year. To purchase tickets, receive a brochure, or find out more about an event, please call (312) 499-4132.

    *Lecture: Learning to Like Toulouse-Lautrec
    Thursday, June 23, 2:30–3:30
    Robert Burleigh, artist and children’s author
    Fullerton Hall
    Tickets: Members $12, Non-members $20

    *Lecture: La Bohème de Montmartre: Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and the Art of Fin-de-Siècle Paris
    Wednesday, June 29, 2:30–3:30
    Daniel Barber, historian
    Fullerton Hall
    Tickets: Members $12, Non-members $20

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