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From Cabinets of Curiosities to Modern Museums

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Class Level: All levels
Age Requirements: 18 and older
Average Class Size: 12
Teacher: Giovanni Aloi

What you'll learn in this art history class:

Collecting Fever: From Cabinets of Curiosities to Modern Museums


Just about everyone collects something: matchbooks, coins, George Washington-themed memorabilia, books, records, stamps, or artworks. Have you wondered why you are attracted to objects? Do you spend hours on end looking for that elusive piece that might complete a set?

This course explores the history and psychology of collecting from Indian courts, Chinese imperial palaces, and Italian cabinets of curiosities to modern art museums. We will consider the importance of collecting from different perspectives to untangle the threads that bind knowledge and power to identity. In a world that relentlessly invites us to embrace a digital dimension of immateriality, we find ourselves more than ever keen to collect physical objects. What do you have in common with some of the most important collectors of the past?

Informative lectures and opportunities for group discussions will be complemented by virtual visits to some of the most important collections in Chicago including Roger Brown Study Collection and the Art Institute of Chicago, among others.

A leader in educating artists, designers, and scholars since 1866, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) offers nationally accredited degree programs as well as Continuing Studies programs for adults and children, ages 4-18. Considered one of the most influential art and design schools in the world, SAIC has continuing studies programs available to all skill levels. Students develop their creative and critical abilities while working with renowned faculty, utilizing state-of-the-art resources, and visiting the breath-taking galleries at the Art Institute of Chicago.


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  • 100 percent tuition refund less $100 cancellation fee after May 13 and prior to the second class.
  • No refunds will be issued after the second class has met.
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