NIU Art Museum plans Get-on-the-Bus trips

Photo of "Exit Only" road signIn addition to visiting current exhibitions “in/VISIBLE: Hiding in Plain Sight” and “Best Face Forward: The Presented View,” the campus community is invited to join the NIU Art Museum’s upcoming Get-On-The-Bus Trips.

The program provides art lovers the opportunity to visit various art and architecture sites such as historic homes, art galleries, museums, artists’ studios and art fairs while avoiding the hassles of traffic, tolls and parking. It is also a great way to meet new friends with a common interest in the arts.

Detailed itinerary and registration forms are available online. Interested travelers also can call (815) 753-1936 for more information and to register.

Saturday, March 19, 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago

Travelers may visit the exhibitions “Susan Philipsz: We Shall Be All,” the 2010 Turner Prize winners’ sound-oriented installation; “Jim Nutt, Coming Into Character,” a retrospective of “The Hairy Who” instigator’s work; and “Seeing Is a Kind of Thinking: A Jim Nutt Companion.”

There also will be a gallery talk at 11 a.m. with artist Eric Lebofsky, who will discuss his work and the works of other artists in the companion exhibition (free with museum admission).

Museum admission and lunch coast are on your own. NIU Art Museum transportation costs $12 for Art Museum members, $15 for seniors and students and $18 for all others. Museum of Contemporary Art admission ranges from $7 to $12. Registration and pre-payment deadline is Friday, March 11.

Saturday, April 16, 8:30 to 5 p.m.
Architecture for, as, and to display Art. (MEMBERS ONLY)

Join museum staff for a luncheon and private tour of a collection of Outsider Art, housed in a specially created space designed by award-winning architect Jeanne Gang, famous for “Aqua,” the tallest skyscraper designed by a female. The group also will have a tour of INTUIT: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art and view “Architecture of Hope: The Treasures of Intuit,” an exhibition commemorating their 20th anniversary, curated by Roger Manley.

The price is $45, which includes transportation, all tours and lunch in the loft. Registration and payment by Friday, April 1, is required. Space is limited, so register now. Those who are not current members and want to join in time for this trip should call (815) 753-1936.

Thursday, June 23, through Monday, June 27
Southern Wisconsin: “Outsider, Odd, and Wonderful”

It’s the museum’s third GOTBON (Get-On-The-Bus Over-Nighter).

This small group trip will discover a variety of the ethnic, dairy, visionary, artistic, wacky and impressive delights of southern Wisconsin on an extended summer weekend. Madison will be home base with day trips taken throughout the weekend including; museums, outsider art sites, cheese factories, the nation’s largest farmers’ market, ethnic villages, historic mining towns, famous (and infamous) architecture and even a theater under the stars.

Early registration deadline for discounts is Friday, March 18. Final registration deadline is Friday, April 15.

Prices range from $580 (early discounts for members of the NIU Art Museum, the Lifelong Learning Institute or Northern Illinois Travel Society) to $670 for non-members registering after Friday, March 18. A $235 single supplement applies, and an additional $32 is required for those who choose to visit Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin.

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