This summer six South Side cultural institutions are opening their doors after regular hours for Museum Campus South’s Nights at the Museums series. Museum Campus South invites the public to attend a variety of events and exhibitions including jazz on the lawn, a thematic gallery tour, and special exhibition openings. The Nights at the Museums series runs from June through September, with each institution hosting evening events throughout the summer.
Sounds of History Jazz Series: The DuSable Museum is “jazzing it up” this summer with the Sounds of History Jazz Series featuring Michael Ross, Curtis Robinson & Henry Johnson in a tribute to George Benson, Wes Montgomery & Kenny Burrell (June 15); Julia Huff & The Company Band in a tribute to Carmen McCrae, Phyllis Hyman & Sarah Vaughn (July 17); and Chris Foreman tribute to Jimmy McGriff, Groove Holmes, Jack McDuff, Jimmy Smith & Charles Earland (August 19). Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, coolers, and friends. Sponsors include Wintrust Community Banks and Miller Coors. Free. June 17, July 15, and August 19. 6 – 8:30 p.m. DuSable Museum of African American History.
On the Beat: Attend the opening reception for On the Beat, a special group exhibition featuring the University of Chicago’s 2014/2015 Arts + Public Life/Center for the Study of Race, Politics & Culture artists-in-residence Ayana Contreras, James T. Green, and David Leggett. Guest curated by Hamza Walker. Presented by Arts + Public Life, the Center for the Study of Race, Politics & Culture, and Logan Center Exhibitions. The exhibition is open July 10 through August 23. Free. July 10, 6 – 8 p.m. Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts.
Robie House After Hours: Wright’s architectural masterpiece is the venue and you are on the guest list. Gather with friends as the Robie House comes to life after hours. Wander the celebrated spaces of this icon of modernism while enjoying music, drinks, light hors d’oeuvres and a festive, casual atmosphere. Guides will be available to give tours and answer questions. $30 per person. August 20:5:30 – 8:30 p.m. Frederick C. Robie House | Frank Llloyd Wright Trust.
Irena Haiduk: Seductive Exacting Realism: Join the Renaissance Society to celebrate the opening of Irena Haiduk’s exhibition, Seductive Exacting Realism, and the start of the museum’s Centennial program, which continues through the fall. Haiduk, a Chicago-based Serbian artist, presents the U.S. portion of a two-part project also featured concurrently at the 14th Istanbul Biennial. Centered on the idea of consultancy, this work is staged through an interview between the artist and the co-founder of Otpor! and Canvas, two non-violent activist organizations operating before and after the 2000 Belgrade Bulldozer Revolution. The exhibition is open September 10 through October 8. Free. September 11. 6 – 9 p.m. The Renaissance Society.
Museum Campus South is a renowned collection of organizations that showcases contemporary and modern art, architecture, theater, performance, historic collections, archaeology, science and technology. Museum Campus South is the manifestation of a long-standing vision that has recently gained momentum through the City of Chicago’s Cultural Plan to foster and promote vibrant cultural districts citywide. The development of a Museum Campus South represents an important first step in the interest of uniting the dynamic arts and cultural neighborhoods on Chicago’s South Side with each other and downtown.