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Contemporary Art in Chicago

Contemporary Art in Chicago is a hands-on introduction to Chicago's vibrant visual art scene. Each week, the class will visit museums and galleries throughout the city. Students will also have the unique opportunity to step behind-the-scenes into artists' studios and collectors' homes, where they can view works in progress, ask questions, and get to know the real people who make up Chicago's art world. Classroom discussions and informal Q & As with artists and curators provide context and lend a sense of intimacy.

No class will be held on November 28.

This course will be led by SAIC faculty member and Chicago-based artist, Stevie Hanley. You can learn more about Stevie and his work at: and his Faculty Profile.

Visits include:

  • Art Institute of Chicago
  • Museum of Contemporary Art
  • Studio visits with Stevie Cisneros Hanley and Leo Kaplan in Garfield Park
  • National Museum of Mexican Art, Pilsen Murals Tour, and Co-Prosperity Lounge in Pilsen
  • M LeBlanc Gallery
  • Site visits and gallerist talks at Monique Meloche and Mariane Ibrahim Gallery
  • Explore rich history of DIY and artist run spaces and visit No Nation, Heaven Gallery, LVL3 all in the Wicker Park Neighborhood with Kate Siersalousky, Co-Directory of Julius Caesar gallery, independent curator, and Programming Director at EXPO Chicago.
  • Curator and artist visits at Document Gallery, Western Exhibitions Gallery, Patron Gallery, in West Town.
  • Site visit to DuSable Museum of African American Art, Renaissance Society & Hyde Park Art Center with Chicago artist Tony Lewis in Hyde Park
  • Site visit to Iceberg Projects in Roger's Park, and visit to Dr. Daniel Berger’s collection, queer art collector in Chicago.

Visits may be subject to change.


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Art History Contemporary
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Class meeting time 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Class meeting days Saturday
Building and room Sharp Building Rm 403
Course number 2502
Course instructor Stevie Hanley