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Programs and Events

The Newberry offers programming in the humanities for lifelong learners, students, teachers, scholars, and genealogy researchers. Please visit the individual program pages below for information about how to register in advance.

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E.g., 10/27/2021
E.g., 10/27/2021
Thursday, September 30, 2021
Led by Lin Batsheva Kahn.
Students will take a historical trip through time to learn about the important contributions of choreographers and dance companies in our cultural city. This seminar will also relate to theChicago Avant Garde: Five Women Before Their Time exhibition in the Newberry.
Saturday, October 9, 2021
Led by Wendy Castanell and Amy Mooney
This seminar will consider the role of portraiture in the construction of modern subjectivity. Participants will have the opportunity to explore the work of Helen Balfour Morrison (1900-1984), a relatively unknown photographer active in the 1930s through the 1960s, who sought to reveal the inner character of her subjects.
Saturday, October 23, 2021
Led by Mark Pohlad.
In person
Katharine Kuh (née Woolf, 1904-1994) was one of the most famous twentieth-century art world figures in this country. Over the course of her long, rich life, she was a gallerist, a curator at a major museum, author, critic, art educator (her most treasured role), and friend and supporter of many of the most renowned modern artists of the twentieth century.
Saturday, October 30, 2021
Led by Toby Altman
This one-day course will supplement the Newberry’s new exhibition, Chicago Avant-Garde: Five Women Ahead of their Time, by looking at a selection of key figures of Chicago’s avant-garde today.
Saturday, November 6, 2021
Led by Tara Betts.
In person
Imagine five dramatically different women creating in several artistic disciplines the same vibrant city at the same time. In this seminar, we’ll consider the work of poet Gwendolyn Brooks, visual artist Gertrude Abercrombie, choreographers Katherine Dunham and Ruth Page, and art critic, curator, and collector Katherine Kuh.