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Information Meeting on Chicago Art Trip in October Set for Sept. 25

RELEASED: Sept. 23, 2008

image of Chicago at nightEAU CLAIRE — Members of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's department of art & design invite the community to join them on their annual fall art trip to Chicago.

This year's cultural adventure to the Windy City will leave Eau Claire at 8:30 a.m. Oct. 16 and return between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Oct. 19, with a stop at the Milwaukee Art Museum on the return trip.

An informational meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Sept. 25 in Room 101 of the Haas Fine Arts Center.

Notable attractions in Chicago and Milwaukee include the following:

The Field Museum

  • "The Ancient Americas." Discover what Field Museum scientists and others have learned about the Americans who lived here before us, and how it's changing nearly everything we thought we knew.
  • "Nature Unleashed: Inside Natural Disasters." From earthquakes to tornados, get inside natural disasters and discover how nature's forces shape our planet. Through Jan. 4, 2009.
  • "The Painted Bird: Louis Agassiz Fuertes." Journey the famous 1926 Field Museum Abyssinian Expedition and explore exquisite paintings by legendary bird artist and scientist Louis Agassiz Fuertes. Through Jan. 4, 2009.

The Art Institute of Chicago

  • "Yokohama-e: 19th Century Prints of Americans in Japan." Through Oct. 25, Gallery 107.
  • "Focus: Vincent Fecteau, New Work." Through Nov. 30, Gallery 139.
  • "Henri Cartier-Bresson and the Art and Photography of Paris." Through Jan. 4, 2009, Gallery 1.
  • "The Bill Peet Storybook Menagerie." Through May 24, 2009, Galleries 15-16.
  • "Daniel Burnham's Plan of Chicago." Sept. 6 through Dec.15, 2009, Gallery 24.

The Museum of Contemporary Art:

  • "Everything's Here: Jeff Koons and his experience of Chicago." This exhibition is drawn largely from the MCA's collection that focuses on the art and artists Jeff Koons was interested in and influenced by during his formative years as a young artist in Chicago. Through Oct. 26.
  • "Alexander Calder in Focus." Calder combines colorful shapes taken from nature such as snowflakes, birds and animals, with an interest in mechanics to create whimsical mobiles that move with air currents. Through March 1, 2009.
  • "Artists in Depth: Works from the MCA Collection." Showcasing key artists of the last 40 years whose work has been and continues to be defining to international contemporary art and underscoring the MCA's role as a leader in and incubator of artistic innovation, this exhibit provides a new look at the composition of the MCA collection. Through March 1, 2009.

Milwaukee Art Museum:

  • "Act/React Interactive Art." This first-of-its-kind exhibition presents installation artwork dependent upon and subject to the intuitive and non-technical physical actions of the visitor. Through January 2009.
  • "Sensory Overload: Light, Motion Sound and the Optical in Art since 1945." Through Oct. 1, 2009.

Visit the Chicago Reader Web site for advance information on restaurants and shows.

Tickets are $185 for four-person rooms or $275 for two-person rooms and include three nights at the Howard Johnson Inn in downtown Chicago and round trip motor coach. Tickets are available at the University Service Center. The trip is open to all students, faculty and the public.

For more information, contact Jill Olm at 715-836-2538 or olmj@uwec.edu.

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