"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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Julius L. Jones: City on Fire: Chicago 1871

Sunday, October 24, 2021 at 2pm


Cortney Lederer, CNL Projects*

Sunday, January 9, 2022 at 3pm


Nika Levando, Office of Civic Engagement at University of Chicago*

Sunday, February 20, 2022


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Ignatius Valentine Aloysius: Digging Deep into Revision*

Sunday, March 20, 2022 at 3pm


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


Angela Tate: That's What A Song Can Do


Dan Hill: The Inside Scoop on How We Experience Art



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Holly Clayson: Modern Art and Light/s


Black and white portrait of Rebecca Zorach

Rebecca Zorach: Abolition Art


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


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


Rachel Sabino Portrait

Rachel Sabino: The Inner Life of a Bronze Dionysos


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Tanner Woodford, Chicago Design Museum