- September 20, 2018, 6–7:30 p.m.
“All That Glitters” Chicago Portraits in the Gilded AgeFeaturing: Celia Hilliard
The Richard H. Driehaus Museum
40 East Erie Street, Chicago, Illinois, 60611
Renowned artists of the Gilded Age were commissioned to celebrate on canvas many of Chicago’s first citizens and their privileged descendants. Extolling their subjects’ vigor, dazzle, and singular tastes, these portraits were created in an opulent and expectant atmosphere. Cultural historian Celia Hilliardwill take a look back at this sometimes fraught enterprise – the choice of artist, tensions of the studio visit, festive portrait parties, and distinguished exhibitions where these works were displayed for a curious and fascinated public.