Museum Council

A sneak peek at upcoming excursions and gatherings.

Upcoming Excursions

New York City and the AIPAD Photography Show

April 5–6, 2019

For Museum Council Fellows and Patrons

  • Led by one of the MFA’s newest curators, Akili Tommasino, associate curator, Modern and Contemporary Art.
  • VIP access to the AIPAD Photography Show with three MFA curators: Anne Havinga, Estrellita and Yousuf Karsh Chair of Photography; Karen Haas, Lane Curator of Photographs; and Kristen Gresh, Estrellita and Yousuf Karsh Curator of Photographs.
  • Trip cost is $375 per person. To request full information about this trip and a registration form, e-mail us at
  • Reservations for an optional Friday night dinner are available at $150 per person.


May 2–5, 2019

For Museum Council Patrons

  • Led by Katie Hanson, associate curator, Paintings, Art of Europe.
  • Explore the Impressionist and European collections at the Art Institute of Chicago with Katie and her peers at AIC: Gloria Groom, chair, European Painting and Sculpture; and Rebecca Long, Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Associate Curator in the Department of Medieval to Modern European Painting and Sculpture.
  • Behind-the-scenes tour of the Terra Foundation for American Art, with an inside look at how the foundation generates loans and funding for large-scale exhibitions around the world.
  • Excursion to Oak Park, west of downtown Chicago, to visit the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio and tour this classic American neighborhood, the birthplace of Ernest Hemingway.
  • Sample Chicago’s dynamic culinary scene.
  • Embark on tours of the architectural highlights and public artworks of this exhilarating city.

The Summer Party

Saturday, June 8, 2019, 9 pm–Midnight

Tickets on sale March 7

Join us at this year’s Summer Party, hosted by the Museum Council and held in the MFA’s elegantly transformed Shapiro Family Courtyard with music and entertainment all night long. VIP ticket holders enjoy an exclusive pre-party with our Ann and Graham Gund Director Matthew Teitelbaum. Tickets go on sale March 7, so buy yours today before they sell out! Advance ticket sales only; no door sales.

Learn more at Summer Party.