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Art Deco epitomized the exuberance of the Roaring 20s, but it also included motifs from ancient times. See how images of Greek gods and goddesses added art and meaning to many of Chicago’s most beautiful Art Deco buildings at this virtual program.

$8 public
FREE for CAC members
FREE for students
Zoom Virtual Event (details to come)

This program will be hosted on Zoom. Approximately 3 hours before the start of the program, you will receive a link directly from Zoom with details about how to access and view it.

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Images of classical deities are often used to identify a building’s purpose. This virtual program will showcase gods and goddesses that identify a post office, an electrical substation, a musicians’ union and more than one bank. In each example, the gravitas and familiarity of the classical deities complement the gaiety and novelty of Art Deco, making the building both identifiable and easy to love.

Program Speaker: Bill Coffin

Bill Coffin

A former appellate attorney and adjunct professor of legal research and writing, Bill Coffin became a CAC docent in 2004. He is the tour director for the CAC’s two Art Deco walking tours and has presented lectures about Art Deco at the CAC and at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, a program of Northwestern University’s School of Professional Studies. He enjoys sharing photos of Art Deco buildings with friends from his travels to cities big and small across the country.

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