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Join us for a day trip to Columbus, Indiana for an architectural tour of the city and a private tour of the Miller House and Garden. Miller House and Garden is owned and cared for by the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Commissioned by industrialist and philanthropist J. Irwin Miller and his wife Xenia Simons Miller in 1953, Miller House expands upon an architectural tradition developed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe—epitomizing the international Modernist aesthetic— with an open and flowing layout, flat roof, and stone and glass walls. The rooms, configured beneath a grid pattern of skylights supported by cruciform steel columns, are filled with textiles that feature strong colors and playful patterns. The house showcases the work of leading 20th-century architects and designers: Eero Saarinen, Alexander Girard, and Dan Kiley.

After lunch, we will explore the city with a guide from the Columbus Area Visitors Center to see the architecture that made Columbus famous. Columbus, Indiana has a popula­tion of only 44,000, yet has been ranked 6th in the nation for architectural innovation and design by the American Institute of Architects, right behind the much larger cities of Chicago, New York, Boston, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. We will see many of the world-renowned buildings in­cluding historic and modern building exteriors, landscaping, parks, and public art installations.

Our trip will include a stop at the famous Zaharakos, res­taurant, museum, and old-fashioned ice cream parlor that has been open since 1900.

Led by Lisa Costello, director, Giertz Gallery.

Wed Jun 25 6:30am–6pm $95 (lunch not included) Departs from BTCE **SOLD OUT**

Registration deadline: Jun 11. Sorry, no refunds after deadline.
This bus trip is a collaboration between Community Education and Giertz Gallery to assist with Gallery exhibits and programming.
Please contact Community Education at 217/353-2055 to purchase a ticket. Seating is limited



Join us for a day trip to Chicago to visit the Art institute of Chicago to explore the Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary, 1926–1938 exhibition. This special exhibit features over 100 paintings, collages, drawings, and objects, along with a selection of photographs, periodicals, and early commercial work. This is the first major museum exhibition to focus exclusively on the breakthrough years of René Magritte, creator of some of the 20th century’s most extraordinary images. Beginning in 1926 and ending in 1938, the exhibition traces significant strategies and themes used by the artist during the most profoundly inventive and experimental period in his long, productive career. Displacement, transformation, metamorphosis, and the “misnaming” of objects as well as the representation of visions seen in half-waking states are among Magritte’s key subjects and tactics during these seminal years.

The show begins in 1926 in Brussels, where Magritte created paintings and works on paper that first gained him recognition as a Surrealist and that aimed, in his words, to “challenge the real world.” It follows the artist to Paris in 1927, where he met Surrealists like André Breton, Salvador Dalí, and Joan Miró, and created his first word-image paintings. Returning to Brussels in 1930, Magritte continued his search for new forms of image making and in 1933 began a series of paintings that depicted disturbing and unexpected associations between objects. The exhibition concludes with a remarkable group of works Magritte made in London and in Brussels between 1937 and 1938, with a particular emphasis on the commissions he completed for the eccentric British collector Edward James. The exhibition’s chronological endpoint, 1938, marks both a historically and biographically significant moment: it was just before the outbreak of World War II and the year Magritte delivered an important retrospective account of what had made him a Surrealist painter.

Led by Lisa Costello, director, Giertz Gallery.

Wed Jul 23 7:15am–6pm $95 (lunch not included) Departs from BTCE
Registration deadline: Jul 9. Sorry, no refunds after deadline.

Please register through Parkland College Community Education at 217-351-2055.

These bus trips are a collaborative effort between Community Education and Giertz Gallery to assist with Gallery exhibits and programming. To join us on one of these trips, please contact Community Education at 217/353-2055 to purchase a ticket. Seating is limited.




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