Public Art and Public Life in Chicago

Tuesday, June 10, 2014
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Tuesdays, June 10 – August 12

6 – 7:30 pm

Led by Diane Dillon

Through a series of walking tours, we will explore Chicago’s public art riches, including murals, commemorative statues, architectural sculpture, commercial decorations, and park designs. We will pay special attention to the role of public art in shaping the civic, national, and ethnic identities of its audiences, and consider the role of public art in promoting tourism, commerce, and political agendas. This course requires extensive walking.

Diane Dillon holds a Ph.D. in art history from Yale University. She is Interim Vice President for Research and Academic Programs at the Newberry.

Materials List

Required Matierals:

  • Readings will be distributed in a packet of photocopies.
  • Note: The small admission charge for the tour of Lane Technical High School will be included in the course fee.

This class is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program.

Cost and registration information: 

Ten sessions, $252 (includes a $10 entrance fee).
Register online.