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Meet the Experts: Art Rescue 911

Thursday, April 26 6:30 - 8 p.m.

Bernacki & Associates is one of Chicago’s premier conservation & restoration firms specializing in “saving” period furniture, objects, historic millwork and architectural elements.

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The Chair: Rethinking Culture, Body & Design

Wednesday, May 16 6 – 7:30 p.m.

This lively discussion, by UC Berkeley professor Galen Cranz, will focus on the sociological development of chair design and its relationship to the body, posture, and ergonomics.

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Designing Women: Florence Knoll

Tuesday, May 22 6 – 7:30 p.m.

Learn how Knoll’s business savvy and vision transformed a furniture design firm into an enterprise that played a major role in defining the mid-century modern design aesthetic.

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The Art & Science of Ornament: Why the Details Matter

Thursday, May 24 Reception at 5:30, Presentation at 6:30

More than just the capturing of space, architecture impacts us all on conscious and subconscious levels, in particular through the presence and/or absence of architectural ornament.

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Leading Ladies of Chicago’s Columbian Exposition: Celebrating 125 Years

Tuesday, June 5 6 – 7:30 p.m.

Historian Sally Kalmbach will discuss how Gilded Age Chicago’s leading ladies played an integral leadership role in planning the World’s Fair and cultivating Chicago’s successful future.

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Designing Women: Refining Landscapes with Vivian Beer

Thursday, June 14 6 – 7:30 p.m.

Vivian Beer is one of two 21st century designers featured in The Art of Seating. This discussion will provide a window into her inspiration, skills, and creative process.

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Living Dangerously: The Social Change Work of Jane Addams and the Hull-House Settlement

Thursday, June 21 6 – 7:30 p.m.

In recognition of Pride Month, Jane Addams Hull-House Museum director and chief curator, Jennifer Scott discusses Jane Addams’ important contributions to social change.

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