"In Focus" is a monthly lecture series that features a variety of talks and presentations by ​artists, art professionals, historians and more!

In the news:

Learn more about our upcoming lectures below.


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Cindi Strauss: Exploring Contemporary Ceramics: Shifting Tastes and New Expressions

Sunday, April 18, 2021 at 2pm | Virtual


Rachel Sabino Portrait

Rachel Sabino: The Inner Life of a Bronze Dionysos

Sunday, May 30, 2021 at 3pm | Virtual


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Julius Jones: City on Fire: Chicago 1871*

Sunday, October 24, 2021 at 2pm


Tanner Woodford, Chicago Design Museum*
Sunday, September 26, 2021 at 3pm
Cortney Lederer, CNL Projects*
Sunday, January 9, 2022 at 3pm
Nika Levando, Office of Civic Engagement at University of Chicago*
Sunday, February 20, 2022
Kathleen Rooney, Poems While You Wait*
Sunday, April 24, 2022


*Please check back closer to the event date for further details about registration.


View the recorded presentations by clicking the link or image below.

Richard Townsend: The ABCs of Art Collecting

Sunday, October 25, 2020 at 3pm


Angela Tate: That's What A Song Can Do

Sunday, November 8, 2020 at 2pm


Dan Hill: The Inside Scoop on How We Experience Art

Sunday, December 6, 2020 at 2pm


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Holly Clayson: Modern Art and Light/s

Sunday, January 31, 2021 at 2pm


Black and white portrait of Rebecca Zorach

Rebecca Zorach: Abolition Art

Sunday, February 28, 2021 at 2pm


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Alpha M. Bruton & Liza Simone: Pop-Up Research Station

Sunday, March 21, 2021 at 2pm