August 10, 2015

Driehaus Museum Announces Lineup of Fall Programs

CHICAGO, August 10, 2015 – The Driehaus Museum offers fascinating lectures, tours, and more! The lineup for Fall 2015 follows:

2015 Nickerson Lecture Series: The ‘Japan Craze’ on Paper: Japonise in American Graphic Art, 1880-1920 (September 17) In the late 1800s, western artists began incorporating Japanese motifs, aesthetic principles, and techniques into their work – a phenomenon known by the French term “Japonisme”.  Japanese art’s emphasis on beautiful design and hand-craftsmanship resonated with the “art for art’s sake” philosophy advocated by the Aesthetic Movement as a remedy for the ills of modern industrial life.

Friend or Foe? An Evening of Cello and Viola Music (September 30) Join us for an evening of classical music with Baroque Band, a popular ensemble featuring traditional period-instruments.  This special performance includes suites and sonatas written by J.S. Bach and G.P. Telemann for the Modern Cello and the Baroque Viola Da Gamba.  These two instruments with their slight variations illicit exciting new sounds allowing attendees to determine for themselves if they are indeed friends or foes!

Fall Book Club: Dracula by Bram Stoker (October 10) Just in time for the spooky season of Halloween, join us to discuss Bram Stoker’s classic 1897 horror romance, Dracula.  Delve into the story of a solicitor, Jonathan Harker, who finds himself at the center of a series of ghastly events while at Count Dracula’s castle in Transylvania.  Harker discovers the horrors have followed him home, leading to a dramatic hunt for the iconic vampire.

2015 Nickerson Lecture Series: Harmony in Blue and Gold: The Peacock Room as Designed by Whistler (October 15) The Peacock Room, James McNeill Whistler’s famed decorative interior, has crossed with the history of collecting Asian ceramics in the West.  The room began its life as a Victorian dining room filled with blue-and-white porcelain of the Kangxi era.  Since 1923, it has been on display as one of the great treasures of the Smithsonian’s Freer Gallery of Art.

2015 Nickerson Lecture Series: Encounters with Asian Art: Prominent American Collectors, 1880-1930 (November 19) In the last quarter of the nineteenth century, a number of prominent Americans traveled to exotic Asia.  Many passionately collected the objects they found fascinating and beautiful.  This lecture will discuss their lives and how they lived with their collections. 

Special Exhibition: Maker & Muse: Women and Early Twentieth Century Art Jewelry (Through January 3) Drawn from the collection of Richard H. Driehaus, prominent American museums and private collections, more than 250 stunning works are now on view showcasing the highest ideals of art jewelry’s creators.  The exhibition explores the role of women as both designer and subject amid changing social norms.

New pieces have been added since the opening of the exhibition in early 2015.  Objects of note include Lilac Crown, first utilized during the Lombard Lilac Festival, on loan from the Lombard Historical Society.  Other newer items to this exhibition include two brooches and a pendant from Louis Comfort Tiffany as well as a variety of wall hangings by notable artists, including artists Alphonse Mucha and Rene Lalique.

For more upcoming programs, including exhibition-related events and guided tours, please visit DriehausMuseum.org.

About the Driehaus Museum

Steps away from Chicago’s Magnificent Mile, the Richard H. Driehaus Museum offers visitors a fascinating view of one of the few remaining examples of the palatial homes erected by the wealthy of America’s Gilded Age.  The lavish interiors are complemented by stunning examples of period furniture, decorative arts, stained glass, and period pieces selected from the Driehaus Collection.  Visitors are immersed in the original splendor of this late 19th century home. For more information about the Museum, visit DriehausMuseum.org.

Members of the media may contact Lindsay Silk-Kremenak, Marketing Manager, for more information: 312 482 8933, ext. 39 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). High-resolution images are available at http://www.driehausmuseum.org/press/images .

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