Mark your calendar for DePaul's spring Partner Night with the Art Institute

Chicago skyline
(DePaul University/Jamie Moncrief)
Since 2015, DePaul has teamed with the Art Institute of Chicago to foster deeper connections between the institute and the broader university community. ​On Thursday, May 2, all DePaul faculty, staff and students can use their DePaul IDs to gain free admission to the Art Institute of Chicago for the spring 2019 "Partner Night with the Art Institute." During the evening event, the Art Institute will host a number of gallery talks, panels and faculty led tours.

"We are excited to have so many students presenting alongside faculty this spring, sharing their knowledge and creative works in this wonderful cultural space," says Margaret Storey, a professor of history and associate dean for the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. " Also special is the panel presentation by Art Institute professionals who will be sharing their experience working as writers in the museum. It will be a great night."

Programming schedule:

Gallery reading: THIS IS WHERE YOU BELONG - Writing Into the Void
5 – 5:30 p.m.

Lee Bountecou’s sculptures and drawings explore black holes, soiled dioramas, combative botanicals and other voids and dualities. Undergraduate creative nonfiction writers from DePaul’s English Department used this work to explore fixation, repetition, absence, passage and generative space in their own nonfictional writings, using the art to prompt literary memory, speculation and self-portraiture. Students from the class will present the flash nonfiction works they created in response to the exhibition, Into the Void: Prints of Lee Bontecou.
 
Gallery talk: Reimagining Evil
5:30 – 6 p.m.

DePaul's Daryl Koehn, the Wicklander Chair in Professional Ethics, and DePaul alumna and Art Institute Freeman Foundation Fellow, Saira Chambers, will examine several paintings and a statue with a view to identifying ways in which fine art offers ethical insights into the good life and into the nature of evil.

Panel: Museum Writers
6 – 7 p.m.

The Art Institute’s assistant director of College and Professional Learning, Sam Anderson-Ramos, will lead a panel of museum professionals as they discuss the diverse kinds of writing they engage in on a daily basis at the museum. Panelists include:
  • Paul Jones, Associate Director of Communications
  • Greg Nosan, Executive Director of Publishing
  • Jennifer Oatess, Director of Foundation and Government Grants
  • Mark Pascale, Janet and Craig Duchossois Curator of Prints & Drawings
Lecture: Icons, Innovation, and Authority – Iconoclasm in the Eastern Mediterranean World
6 – 7 p.m.

Elena Boeck, a professor of history of art and architecture at DePaul, will address the imagery and lively debates over the role, power and dangers of religious representations in the Eastern Mediterranean in the seventh through ninth centuries.

Gallery talk: World Art in Its Languages
7:15 – 7:45 p.m.

Experience world art in its original linguistic contexts as students and faculty from DePaul's Department of Modern Languages introduce attendees to selected pieces from around the globe in an immersive environment. Multiple multilingual presentations, with English translation provided, will happen concurrently with different pieces of art.
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