Event: Artist Talk: Jenny Kendler & Brian Kirkbride

Event Date: October 5
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: The Arts Club of Chicago

Join artists Brian Kirkbride and Jenny Kendler for the public presentation of their new collaborative project, a year in the making—The Playhead of Dawn. The artists will give a talk and field questions, providing deeper insight into the many entanglements behind this poetic, technically ambitious work, which interweaves ecology, bird migration, extractive economics and globalization. Following the talk, a performance of experimental music by Kirkbride will sonically re-interpret the data and sound present in the over 250,000 citizen-science recordings of bird song that make up Playhead’s 24-hour-long score.

Please plan to arrive early to experience the work in the The Arts Club’s garden prior to the program at 6pm.

This event is free and open to the all. If you have any questions about accessibility to the space, please email or call 312.787.3997.

Tickets are free. Please reserve them through this link.

Posted September 7, 2018

Event: At Home with the Artist: A Legacy of Domesticity through House Museums

Event Date: October 15
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: The Arts Club of Chicago

Learn about four unique and geographically diverse artists, all of whom have ties to Chicago, through the lens of their home lives. How did Henry Moore’s Perry Green studios and gardens in rural Hertfordshire inspire his bronze sculptures? What about Roger Brown’s collection of art and objects in his storefront home/studio spoke to his visual and associative practice? How did Albin Polasek overcome his paralysis later in life to continue artmaking in his Florida home? Which key personalities in 20th century art frequented Roland Penrose’s East Sussex farmhouse? Curators Hannah Higham, Lisa Stone, Rachel Frisby, and Ami Bouhassane come together to explore these questions and more in a conversation moderated by Valerie Balint of the Historic Artists’ Homes & Studios Consortium.


Free and open to the public thanks to a generous grant from The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation.


Reception 6:00 p.m. | Program 6:30 p.m.


Please click here to reserve. 




Posted August 14, 2018

Event: Summer Closure: August 18 – September 19

Event Date: August 18

Please note that our galleries will be closed to the public from August 18th – September 19th for our annual holiday closure. We will be installing the next exhibition in the gallery on the first floor, which opens on September 20th at 6 p.m. Please join us for the Opening Reception.


The Arts Club will reopen to members and their guests on September 5th for lunch service in the Dining Room and cocktails & dinner in The Drawing Room. The fall programming calendar will begin the following week. If you have questions about reciprocity while the club is closed, please email


Image: Installation view of works by Maya Lin at The Arts Club of Chicago, 2010.

Posted August 14, 2018

Event: Opening Reception: Gaylen Gerber

Event Date: September 20
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: The Arts Club of Chicago

Please join us for an Opening Reception in celebration of Gaylen Gerber’s exhibition of works at The Arts Club of Chicago.

September 20th, 2018

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Free and open to the public.

Posted August 14, 2018

Behind the Scenes of “A Home for Surrealism”

This year, Sixty Inches from Center—a non-profit art publication that focuses on narratives outside of the mainstream—is partnering with Art Design Chicago, a city-wide initiative that illuminates the legacy of art and design that’s embedded in Chicago’s history and culture. As editorial partners in this effort, we’re working with them to to elevate the stories of Chicago’s lesser-known artists, designers, and creators, past and present, through comics, essays, interviews, podcasts, and videos. For the videos we’ve teamed up with On The Real Film to present short profiles that highlight the exhibitions, projects, and people who are showcasing these legacies in various ways.

For the first in this series, On The Real Film takes a behind-the-scenes look at the installation process for The Arts Club of Chicago’s 2018 exhibition A Home for Surrealism as Executive Director Janine Mileaf explains the origins of the show and discusses the planning and preparation required to make the exhibition possible. A Home for Surrealism acknowledges the deep presence of surrealism in Chicago through the work of artists Gertrude Abercrombie, Dorothea Tanning, John Wilde, Julia Thecla, Harold Noecker, and Julio de Diego.


Installation View : A Home For Surrealism from On The Real Film on Vimeo.


Installation View: A Home for Surrealism at the Arts Club of Chicago

Posted June 27, 2018