Starting September 12, 2015
Saturdays, September 12 – November 14
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...
Starting September 17, 2015
Thursdays, September 17 - November 19
Orchestra music is by far the most complex form for any composer. A profound understanding of some of the greatest orchestral works can illuminate the composer’s inspiration, revealing how he or she put a piece of music together...
Starting September 19, 2015
Saturdays, September 19 - November 7
While the “melting pot” metaphor is often used to describe the process of acculturation in the United States, American art and culture have always borne influences from a range of diverse traditions. Through a close examination...
Starting September 29, 2015
Tuesdays, September 29 - December 1
Although much of his work was unpopular during his lifetime, Johannes Brahms has proven a pivotal figure in Romantic music. Composed amid a clash between conservative, traditional German music and the more innovative style of the...
Thursdays, October 1 - November 19
Italian composers and performers have been enriching musical life since the Middle Ages. In this seminar—the first of two—we will sample contributions by such composers as Palestrina, Frescobaldi, Monteverdi, Corelli, Vivaldi,...
Tuesdays, October 6 - November 10
The Dutch Golden Age of the seventeenth century witnessed a flourishing of the visual arts in a prosperous and proudly independent nation. No longer thought of as simple “realism,” Dutch art has become appreciated for its...
Tuesdays, October 6 - November 24
World War I ushered in profound changes in American society and culture. Studying diverse materials ranging from recruitment posters and propaganda films to paintings, novels, periodicals, and sheet music, we will analyze how the...
In Castiglione’s Book of the Courtier, musical skill, especially singing, is exalted as a worthy accomplishment. Italian Renaissance song—with the madrigal at its core—was an intimate marriage of music and poetry, and...
Thursdays, October 8 - November 19 (class will not meet October 22)
Originally launched as a protest against the entrenched and outdated policies of the French Academy, the leading art institution of the day, Impressionism is now seen as a movement chiefly preoccupied with leisure subjects and...
Starting October 31, 2015
Saturdays, October 31 - November 21
Appearing as early as the thirteenth century, the long stitch binding has had a long and decorative history. This binding features exposed sewing, a limp cover (traditionally made of parchment or paper), and a variety of...