Celebrating at the Art Institute
By Megan McKinney
When The Arts Club turned 100 last month, the candles were officially blown out during a Friday night black tie gala for members at the Art Institute. However it was a celebration that would stretch over the weekend, with the public invited inside The Arts Club on the following day.
Club doors were thrown open on Saturday to everyone who wished to join the celebration, with the usually private upstairs salon and dining room accessible to all, including the sacrosanct Mies van der Rohe staircase. It was an afternoon of music and art, during which artists from Chicago and around the world engaged in discussions and performances, and the Grammy award-winning sextet Eighth Blackbird performed a specially commissioned piece, Composition as Explanation, by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang.
Below are moments from the Friday night Art Institute members celebration captured by photographer Jaclyn Simpson.
Former Arts Club President Sophia Shaw with Art Collins.
Derrick Adams and David Salkin
Suzanne McCullagh and Anne Rorimer.
Steve Deli, Laurie Bay with Ruth Ann Gillis.
Stanley and Ursula Johnson.
M.K. and J.B. Pritzker.
Stephanie D’Alessandro, Peter Bynoe and Shawn Donnelley.
Alice Sabl and Helen Harvey Mills.
Mick Richmond and Laura Washington.
Desirée Ruhstrat and David Cunliffe.
Anne Deli, Dirk Lohan, Cathy Lohan and Steve Deli.
Suzanne Bocanegra, Theodora Lang and David Lang.
Dale and Betsey Pinkert.
William Drake and Joanne Carney.
Richard and Mary Gray.
Sandra Guthman Chris Jones and Jack Guthman.
Michael and Frances Henkel.
Carol Prins, John Hart, David and Alexandra Earle and Helen Harvey Mills.
Marshall Brown, Lynn Hauser, Dirk Denison and Jack Guthman.
Simon Starling, John Vinci, Janine Mileaf, Alex Krikhaar, Suzanne Ghez and Donna Stone.
Alex Krikhaar and Nada Andric.
Robin Tebbe, J.R. Berger and Katie Berger.
Ruth Ann Gillis and Robin McCown Mumford.
Eva Lichtenberg, Arnold Tobin and Michael Halberstam.
Heather Black and Virginia Gerst.
Allen Bulley, Theaster Gates and Suzette Bulley.
Jaclyn Simpson Photography
Robert F. Carl