Jeanne (Spring), 1881
The first Art Institute exhibition devoted exclusively to Édouard Manet in over 50 years focuses on the transformation of the artist’s style in his later years.
By the late 1870s, when this exhibition begins, Édouard Manet had become recognized as a painter of modern life. He had long looked to historical subjects and style for inspiration but in the 1870s grew more and more immersed in the now—eventually proposing a radical new alignment of modern art with fashionable femininity. While he continued to pursue highly finished, heroically scaled paintings intended for the Salon throughout these later years (a time also marked by health problems and limited mobility), he simultaneously approached smaller works more fluidly and spontaneously, taking up pastel and watercolor while unapologetically embracing beauty and visual pleasure.
This exhibition is the first to focus on this important period in the artist’s career, bringing together an impressive array of portraits of fashionable women as well as intimate male friends. Supplementing this display are the delicate and rarely seen letters Manet wrote to his friends, featuring exquisite illustrations of fruits and flowers; garden pictures, which themselves often feature fashionable women; and flower studies, consummate expressions of Manet’s colorist art at the end of his life.
Autumn (Méry Laurent), 1881 or 1882 Flowers in a Crystal Vase, about 1882
Through over 70 paintings, pastels, and works on paper, Manet and Modern Beauty illustrates the late flowering of Manet’s talent. Manet and Modern Beauty has been co-organized by the Art Institute of Chicago and the J. Paul Getty Museum where it is going after the Chicago exhibition.
In the Conservatory, About 1877-1879
The registration fee ($83 for PLATO members and $98 for PLATO guests) includes admission to the Art Institute, special admission charge for the Manet exhibition, and a 45-minute seated slide lecture on the Manet exhibition.
We will be at the Art Institute for 5 1/2 hours which will give you time for lunch and see works in the permanent collection and other exhibitions.
To learn more about the Manet exhibition, go to Manet and Modern Beauty
Other exhibitions on display during our visit include:
Everyone’s Art Gallery: Posters of the London Underground
Christien Meindertsma: Everything Connects
Gregg Bordowitz: I Wanna Be Well
The People Shall Govern! Medu Art Ensemble and the Anti-Apartheid Poster
PHOTOGRAPHY + PHOTOGRAPHY Iconic: Photographs from the Robin and Sandy Stuart Collection
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Bus Only Independent Study Option
We are also offering the trip as Bus Only Option. This option does not include admission to the Art Institute, the Manet exhibition, or the special lecture.
We are offering the Bus Only Option because many PLATO members are also members of the Art Institute of Chicago and admission to the museum and the Manet exhibition is free to Art Institute members.
Please note: if you choose the bus only option, you will not be able to attend the 45-minute seated Manet lecture as that is a special lecture only for PLATO members and guests paying for the complete package. We asked if AIC members could purchase a lecture ticket separately and the answer was no.
If you simply want to explore downtown Chicago on your own without going to the Art Institute, you can also choose the bus only option. The bus will only make one stop – at the Art Institute.
The fee for PLATO Members for the Bus Only Option is $45 and for Guests it is $55.
Lunch is on your own.
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Bear in mind that our boarding bus route is like Madison Metro or any other municipal bus service. Please arrive early at your boarding stop so you don’t miss the bus. When everyone is aboard and seated, we leave.
– Don’t be late. We can wait just 5 minutes at any one location.
– Pack water bottles and snacks for sustenance on the journey.
6:20 AM Bus arrives at Oakwood for boarding
6:30 AM Departs Oakwood
7:00 AM Arrive Capitol Lakes for boarding
7:20 AM Arrive East Towne Sears for boarding.
7:30 AM Depart for Chicago
10:30 AM Arrive Art Institute
11:15-Noon Seated slide lecture featuring the Manet Exhibition
3:50 PM Begin boarding for return trip
4:00 PM Depart for Madison
Return to Madison (Estimate)
7:15 PM Arrive at East Towne Sears
7:30 PM Arrive at Capitol Lakes
7:50 PM Arrive at Oakwood Village West
Accessibility Policy: On the Badger Bus, you must be able to climb steps to board and exit the bus.
Non-Member Policy: Members must register their guests. Each PLATO member is entitled to bring one non-member guest per bus trip. Members may bring more than one guest near the registration deadline date if seats are available. Check with trip organizer. Non-member guests pay an additional $15.00 registration fee.
PLATO Membership: PLATO membership is $60.00/year and all memberships renew on July 1. If you join between April 1 and November 30 you will pay the full membership fee of $60. If you join between December 1 and March 31 you pay half the membership fee - $30.