Ring in the holiday season at the Art Institute of Chicago beginning November 11, 2011, when the museum welcomes visitors of all ages “Home for the Holidays.” This year, a never-before seen Americana Miniature Room from Marshall Field V’s private collection will be on display, alongside eight festive Thorne Miniature Rooms specially decorated for the holiday season. A special presentation of an old favorite– Edgar Degas’s captivating sculpture Little Dancer Aged Fourteen–takes center stage in the Impressionist galleries. The annual Wreathing of the Lions ceremony, celebrating its 20th year as a Chicago holiday tradition, will take place the day after Thanksgiving, Friday, November 25, at 10:00 a.m.
A Chicago holiday favorite, the Wreathing of the Lions ceremony will celebrate its 20th anniversary the day after Thanksgiving, Friday, November 25, at 10:00 a.m. on the museum’s front steps at Michigan Avenue and Adams Street.
This year, soulful performances by the Wooten Choral Ensemble will add cheer as the iconic lions are adorned with traditional evergreen wreaths. The celebration continues after the museum opens to the public at 10:30 a.m., when visitors will find Edgar Degas’s beloved Little Dancer Aged Fourteen back on view in Impressionism Gallery 201. This sculpture of a graceful Parisian ballerina was first on display in 2006 as a special loan to the museum from a private collection. Art Institute curators have once again installed this famous sculpture among some of the most revered works of the Impressionism movement by Monet, Renoir, and Caillebotte. After exploring the galleries, families are invited to create wreaths of their own in free family art-making workshops. The first 50 people to arrive and attend the event will receive free admission to the museum.
In addition, from November 25 through December 31, families can pick up a free holiday-themed self guide to the museum; participate in free art-making workshops every weekend where kids can make their own masterpiece to take home; or drop by for seasonal melodies during the daily Midday Music series. With a full roster of joyous performances, enlightening gallery tours, and engaging activities for young visitors, the Art Institute is the place to spend the holidays with friends and family.
For more information, visit the For general museum information, please call (312) 443-3600 or visit www.artinstituteofchicago.org. For information about specific lectures and family programs, please call the Department of Museum Education at (312) 443-3680. Exhibitions and programs are free with museum admission unless otherwise noted. The Art Institute will be closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.