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Gilded Chicago: Portraits of a Proud Era

Thursday, October 18 6 – 7:30 p.m.

Jeannine Falino will discuss the ascent of the City’s emerging industrialists and the solidification of their new wealth through the purchase of homes, furnishings, and portraits.

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A Portrait Artist Paints

Saturdays in November 1 – 4 p.m.

Watch a portrait come to life as notable Chicago portrait artist Michael Van Zeyl creates a masterpiece in the Museum.

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Art, Money, and Celebrity: Portraits as Cultural Currency

Thursday, November 1 6 - 7:30 p.m.

Beauty’s Legacy curator, Barbara Gallati, discusses a series of important portrait exhibitions organized by members of the social elite for charitable purposes.

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The Art of Gilded Frames

Wednesday November 7 6 – 7:30 p.m.

Bernacki & Associates will explore the extraordinary craftsmanship and specialized techniques of hand carved and gilded frames.

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Selfies of the Gilded Age

Saturday November 10 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Explore portraits from the past and how we make them today through our two Gilded Age portrait exhibitions.

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“Every Stroke Telling”: John Singer Sargent and Gilded Age Portraiture

Tuesday November 13 6 – 7:30 p.m.

Explores Sargent’s talents as a storyteller of the brush, focusing on how the artist’both drew from the past and pushed painting in new directions at the turn of the twentieth century.

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