Oak Park-River Forest Community Associates of the Art Institute of Chicago held its opening lecture at Riverside Golf Club on Sept. 17, featuring Jane Clarke, former assistant director of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Department of Museum Education. She gave a lively and informative PowerPoint presentation describing how the history of the Art Institute and the city of Chicago are intertwined. The Art Institute of Chicago was built in 1893 on a swampy site on top of debris from the Great Chicago Fire. Now the largest addition to the museum, the Modern Wing, will rise in one of the most beautiful park settings of any museum in the world. Fittingly, the wing will open during the 100th anniversary year of the Daniel Burnham Plan. In 1909 Mr. Burnham said,”Think what the country was 100 years ago, realize what it is today, and think what it will be a hundred years hence; you cannot plan for the future on too large a scale.”

Here we are 100 years hence, fulfilling a grand plan on a large scale. In keeping with 21st century technology, the new wing is designed using a sustainable green approach. Members and guests enjoyed coffee and conversation prior to the lecture. Contact Barbara Carlson at (708) 771-7864 for membership information.

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