Franz Kafka, one of the many ground-breaking writers you will have the pleasure of reading during the ‘Humanities 1’ course at Shimer College, explains that “Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old.” At Shimer College, that ability is provided free of charge with free access to The Art Institute of Chicago. This museum houses some of the most beautiful works of art on the planet, ensuring that students have access to enough art to remain inspired, uplifted, and—according to Kafka—young at heart. In 2014 The Art Institute of Chicago (AIC) was named the best museum in the world, ahead of the Louvre, London’s National Gallery, and, well, any other museum you can think of. At Shimer College there is an ocean of artistic inspiration at your fingertips, whenever you want. Bring your classmates and your professors, but you can leave your wallet at home.
Read on to discover some of the best perks of having access to one of the world’s premier museums.
1. Students in Humanities Courses Will Love the New ‘Modern Wing’
The new Modern Wing was opened on May 26th, 2009 after a decade in the making. It is 264,000 square feet, or 4.5 football fields, of 20th and 21st century art. Housing photography, contemporary art pieces, European sculpture, and even architecture, the new Modern Wing is the perfect spot for students in humanities college courses to go gaze if they need some inspiration before finishing that paper on Plato. The designer of the modern wing, Renzo Piano, not only has the coolest name ever; he is a Prtizker Prize winner and one of the most accomplished architects to ever live. The scope of the Modern Wing’s collection is expansive, and features the work of an amazing artist you may want to check out: Takashi Murakami. He has collaborated with and inspired the works of musicians Pharrell Williams and Kanye West as well as various other fashion brands. It just goes to show, great art can inspire other fantastic expression, so if you need your inspiration fix, try the Modern Wing on for size.
2. Students in Humanities Courses Have Access to the Fantastic AIC Libraries
Have you ever wondered what painters and artists were thinking when they were creating their masterpieces? With free access to the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries as part of your tuition, now you can gain access to these thoughts in the form of diaries, various correspondences, employment papers, sketchbooks, articles, and other personal papers. Gaining insight into the lives and minds of famous architects and artists is a great way to understand art at a deeper level. These libraries are restricted to researchers, so it is a true privilege to have access to them as a student studying in humanities courses at Shimer College.
3. Students in Humanities Courses at Shimer Have Access to Two ‘College Nights’ at the AIC
There is nothing like sharing art with loved ones. With the partnership of The Art Institute of Chicago and Shimer College, students get two nights every year when they can bring friends and family to join peers, faculty, and staff at Shimer for a night of beautiful art. Actually, many faculty members at Shimer are already visiting Chicago’s premier museum. Shimer professor Adam Kostsko recently explained that he has been learning a lot with his students through trips to the symphony and The Art Institute of Chicago. Shimer’s professors and staff are excited to be there, are enthusiastic about sharing knowledge with students, and understand the importance of having free access to a world-class institution like the AIC.
‘College nights’ at the AIC are a great time to meet with peers and faculty
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