The Graham School “Art Speaks” series consisted of 9 high-profile lectures and discussions focusing on topics of art and design in Chicago. Each of these lectures was designed to provide public, free access to the University of Chicago and subject matter expertise on thematic subjects explored within Art Design Chicago, an initiative of the Terra Foundation for American Art exploring Chicago’s art and design legacy, with presenting partner The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation.
The Art Speaks lectures were presented with the support of a generous grant from the Terra Foundation.
Lectures dealt with content from four central themes: Chicago Imagism and Surrealism, Ethnic Communities and Their Impact on Chicago Art, Modernism in Chicago, and Historical Development of Art in Chicago. These themes were developed to complement existing programming presented as part of Art Design Chicago.
Explore the individual lectures and discussions below.