Public Art and Public Life in Chicago | Newberry

Public Art and Public Life in Chicago

Led by Diane Dillon. Ten sessions, 6 - 8 pm
Tuesday, June 11, 2019
Tuesdays, June 11 - August 13 

6 - 8 pm


Cost and Registration Information

Early Registration Price (May 7 at 9 am** – May 24 at 4 pm): $315
Regular Registration Price (May 24 at 4 pm – first day of class): $346.5

** Registration opens online at 9 am. Phone registration will be accepted starting at 10 am.

Members, seniors, and students get a 10% discount.

Register Online

Seminar Description

Through a series of walking tours, this seminar will explore the riches of public art in Chicago, including murals, commemorative statues, architectural sculptures, commercial decorations, and park designs. Throughout the course, we will consider a number of questions about the role of the city’s public art in shaping identity. For example, how has its tradition of public art influenced Chicago’s larger civic identity and its reputation? How have artworks helped solidify ethnic identities in Chicago’s neighborhoods? How have war memorials shaped the identities of veterans? The first session will meet at the Newberry, but the rest of the sessions will meet at designated locations around the city.

Ten sessions. E – $315, L – $346.5

Diane Dillon serves as Director of Exhibitions and Major Projects at the Newberry. She holds a PhD in the history of art from Yale University.

Materials List


  • A selection of shorter materials distributed by the instructor.

First Reading:

  • There is no reading assignment for the first class.

This class is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program. Learn more about our registration procedures.