Fox Valley group of Art Institute brings Thorne Miniature Rooms lecture to St. Charles
|Thorne Miniature Rooms are a favorite at Art Institute of Chicago. (Courtesy photo)|
“The Thorne Miniature Rooms at the Holidays” is the title of the Christmas program offered in St. Charles by the Fox Valley Community Associates of the Art Institute of Chicago. It is presented Wednesday, Dec. 12, in the St. Charles Country Club, and is open to all.
Among the most popular exhibits at the Art Institute is the set of miniature rooms constructed under the direction of Mrs. James Thorne during the 1930s and 1940s. Made by skilled artisans who needed work in the aftermath of the Great Depression, the Thorne Rooms also reveal the specific tastes and values of Mrs. Thorne and her era. The richly illustrated lecture explores the history of the collection with a close look at the special decorations they now display for the holiday season in what has become a new Art Institute tradition.
For a fun and informative look at a well-known Art Institute treasure, the group welcomes Jeff Nigro, one of the museum’s most knowledgeable lecturers, says the group.
Lunch follows the lecture at the St. Charles Country Club, festively decorated for the holiday season.
Nonmembers are welcome to the program. The cost for members for the lecture is $16, and lecture and lunch cost $38. The respective prices for nonmembers are $31 and $53. Coffee is served at 10 a.m., the lecture starts at 10:30 a.m., and lunch at noon. For reservations, call Judy at (708) 254-8214 by Dec. 5.
To learn more about the Fox Valley organization, visit www.artic.edu/learn/adults/community-associates/fox-valley.