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Northwestern Night at The Art Institute on Nov. 5

Students, faculty and staff and their guests invited to attend special free event

  • Evening at Art Institute of Chicago made possible by Shirley Welsh Ryan
  • Night to feature guided tours of architect David Adjaye’s “Making Place” exhibition
  • Art Institute lecturers to lead special guided tours for Northwestern attendees
  • Block Museum student docents to describe their favorite gallery pieces

EVANSTON, Ill. --- Northwestern University community members have an opportunity to visit the Art Institute of Chicago -- voted “the number one museum in the world” in 2014 by Tripadvisor.com -- for a special night of free activities.

The fall 2015 event is hosted by the Office of Campus Life.

From 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5, students, faculty and staff who display a valid Wildcard ID at the check-in table at the museum’s Modern Wing entrance (159 E. Monroe St.) will receive free tickets for themselves and guests.

During the first of two Northwestern Nights at the Art Institute for the 2015-16 academic year, Art Institute lecturers will lead special guided tours for both first-time visitors as well as Art Institute enthusiasts, including a tour of the museum’s collection of Indian Art of the Americas co-sponsored by One Book One Northwestern.

Student docents from Northwestern’s Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art will offer insight into their favorite Art Institute pieces throughout the galleries.

The Art Institute will provide free guided tours of the popular fall 2015 exhibition “Making Place: The Architecture of David Adjaye,” spanning projects from furniture and housing to public buildings and urban master plans. All guests will enjoy special discounts in the museum shops and cafes during the night of Nov. 5.           

In addition to Adjaye’s first comprehensive museum survey, other current exhibitions include sculptures and paintings by Edgar Degas; “Gates of the Lord: The Tradition of Krishna Paintings”; “Dionysos Unmasked: Ancient Sculpture and Early Prints”; an exhibition of contemporary photographs by Deana Lawson that explore black culture; 19th-century photos by Alfred Stieglitz; and many others. More information is available online.

The Art Institute’s permanent collection includes world famous pieces by Claude Monet, Marc Chagall, Georgia O’Keefe, Piet Mondrian, Rene Magritte and Vincent Van Gogh, as well as whole galleries of decorative arts, photography, Ancient/Byzantine art, African art, textiles, Asian art and the Thorne Miniature Rooms.

Northwestern Campus Life is sponsoring complimentary round-trip transportation via charter bus for Northwestern students both to and from the renowned downtown Chicago art museum for this special event. Other guests are encouraged to take public transportation.    

Northwestern undergraduate students unable to attend the Nov. 5 event may visit the Art Institute for free any day the Art Institute is open when they present a valid Wildcard ID at the museum’s ticket counter. 

The partnership between Northwestern University and the Art Institute of Chicago is fully supported by the generosity of Northwestern alumna Shirley Welsh Ryan, a 1961 graduate of the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, and managed by Northwestern Campus Life.

The Spring 2016 Northwestern Night at the Art Institute is scheduled for May 5.

The Art Institute of Chicago is located at 111 S. Michigan Ave., in Chicago.

More information about this event can be found online on PlanIT Purple.

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