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  1. Special Exhibit "Smithsonian Gems"

    December 1, 2017 - March 31, 2018

    American jewelry designers and phenomenal gemstones are featured in this exclusive exhibit from the gem vaults of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.

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  2. Freedom: A History of US

    January 12, 2018 - March 11, 2018

    The evolving concept of freedom and its pursuit is explored in this touring exhibit from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, illuminating critical figures and events from our nation’s birth until 1968. Highlights include: reproductions of a rare 1776 printing of the Declaration of Independence, a secretly printed draft and official copy of the U.S. Constitution, Lincoln’s handwritten speech notes, and letters by Frederick Douglass, Susan B. Anthony, and Martin Luther King, Jr. The exhibit is supplemented with Elmhurst materials including a 1924 KKK rally flyer, manuscripts related to the Elmhurst Fair Housing Ordinance, and correspondence from veterans from the Civil War and WWI eras.

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  3. Free Family Open Swims

    January 14, 2018 - March 11, 2018

    Have a fun-filled time at York High School’s swimming pools on select Sundays. This free program is part of a cooperative agreement between Elmhurst School District 205 and the Elmhurst Park District. Lap swimming, open swim and diving boards will be available.

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  4. IN THIS HOUSE: Paula Crown, Michelle Grabner, Brad Killam, Tony Tasset, and James Welling

    January 20, 2018 - March 18, 2018

    The installations by these artists respond to the minimal design of Mies van der Rohe’s McCormick House as well as its history as a domestic space.

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  5. Spring Art Exhibition Features Printmaker Michael Barnes

    January 30, 2018, 8:00 PM - March 17, 2018, 8:00 PM

    Michael Barnes is a master printmaker with a passion for the medium of lithography. The theme of his work addresses, in part, the absurdities of life and calls into question the historical evolution of so-called civilization. Elmhurst College will host Barnes’ exhibition Many Turns and Feats to Bewilder from January 29 through March 17 in the Frick Center, Founders Lounge. A public reception for the artist will be held from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 14. Admission is free to the exhibition and reception, and the public is invited. As a social critic, Barnes is part of a long tradition of visual artists whose works provide a critique of society. A professor of printmaking at Northern Illinois University, he has exhibited his work worldwide. In addition, the College’s A.C. Buehler Library permanently houses the College’s unparalleled collection of Chicago Imagist and Abstractionist Art.

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  6. Spring Art Exhibition to Feature 'Margaret Lanterman: Sculpture'

    February 6, 2018, 12:00 PM - April 14, 2018, 5:00 PM

    Margaret Lanterman is an artist and art educator who explores the interface between nature and culture in sculptural and two-dimensional works. Originally educated as an ethologist, Lanterman’s study of animal behavior spurred her life-long artistic journey, which has resulted in works in various media from found objects to cast plaster to wood. Three distinct bodies of Lanterman’s work from different time periods—staff sculptures, hand portraits (workers) and “mind games”—will be displayed when Elmhurst College hosts “Margaret Lanterman: Sculpture” from March 6 through April 14 in the Barbara A. Kieft Accelerator ArtSpace (200 W. Park Ave., Elmhurst, elmhurst.edu/campusmap). A public reception for the artist will be held from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 7. An Artist’s Talk will take place at 5:00 p.m. Admission is free to the exhibition and reception, and the public is invited.

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  7. By All Accounts: The Story of Elmhurst

    March 1, 2018 - May 31, 2018

    Experience the latest enhancements to this interactive journey through Elmhurst history. Take a trip back in time via the tabletop map, explore the object towers and watch a video on Elmhurst history. View the History Spotlight in the second floor hallway that showcases special objects and photos from the museum’s collection that currently features items from Elmhurst’s airport.

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  8. Freedom: A History of US

    March 1, 2018 - March 11, 2018

    Last call! The struggle and never-ending pursuit of freedom for Americans is explored in this national touring exhibit from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, illuminating critical figures and events from the Revolutionary War to the Civil Rights Era. Highlights include: reproductions of a rare 1776 printing of the Declaration of Independence, a secretly printed draft and official copy of the U.S. Constitution, Lincoln’s handwritten speech notes, and letters by Frederick Douglass.

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  9. Life Is A Dream

    March 8, 2018 - March 17, 2018

    Pedro Calderon de la Barca's best-known play, La Vida es Sueno (Life is a Dream) is a classic Spanish allegory of fate versus free will, reality versus dreams, and a father's love versus his child's ambition.

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  10. Spring Members Show

    March 10, 2018 - April 21, 2018

    Contemporary artworks by 50 local artists in a variety of media and styles, most available for purchase. Meet the artists at a reception open to public, Friday, March 16, 2018 from 7-9pm. Open 11-5 Tu W Th Sa Su / 11-7 Friday.

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  11. Elmhurst Symphony Concert: Verdi's Requiem

    March 11, 2018, 3:00 PM

    Embrace pure musical magic when the Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra, Apollo Chorus of Chicago and stellar soloists combine forces in one of the most moving works to ever flow from the heart of Verdi.

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  12. March Band Concert to Feature Flute Professor Jennie Brown

    March 11, 2018, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    This year’s concert will feature Jennie Brown, professor of flute at Elmhurst College, performing a three-movement concerto with the Wind Ensemble. The Symphonic Band, under the direction of Joseph Manfredo, features three pieces: Lone Star Celebration by James Curnow; a beautiful, majestic work by Mark Camphouse titled Yosemite Autumn; and an energetic, three-movement composition by Brian Balmages. The Wind Ensemble, under the direction of James Hile, will perform a relatively new composition by John Mackey called Fanfare for Full Fathom Five; and a three-movement flute concert by Joel Puckett titled The Shadow of Sirius, inspired by the poetry of W.S. Merwin and featuring Professor Brown. Overture to Colas Breugnon, by Dmitri Kabalevsky, and the British folk song favorite Country Gardens, by Percy Grainger, also will be performed. American composer David Maslanka, who passed away last summer, will be remembered with the final movement of his powerful Symphony No. 4.

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