Events: Chicago

Home to the Oriental Institute, the University of Chicago and several world-class museums, Chicago is a frequent host to events and exhibitions relating to the Ancient Near East.

The Oriental Institute hosts a dynamic program of public events – as well as lectures, the OI runs a number of courses annually, screens movies, organises trips and family activities.


Oriental Institute: Re-Opening
Edgar and Deborah Jannotta Mesopotamian Gallery

The Edgar and Deborah Jannotta Mesopotamian Gallery of the Oriental Institute Museum opens to the public on October 18, 2003 following a seven year renovation project. The 5,428-square foot gallery displays 1383 objects dating from the Paleolithic Period (ca. 100,000 BP) to the Sasanian Period (ca. 5th Century CE). The gallery space was designed by Vinci/Hamp Architects of Chicago. New cases, constructed of walnut, were designed by Vinci/Hamp Architects and built by Helmut Guenschel of Baltimore.
The Oriental Institute Museum is open from 10 am to 4 pm, Tuesday through Saturday; from 10 am to 8:30 pm, Wednesday; and from noon to 4 pm, Sunday. The Museum is closed Mondays and holidays. Admission is free. For more information, call (773) 702-9520, or email at: [email protected]return to top

public lectures

Sunday 16 May 2004

1:30 pm: Laura d’Alessandro, King Sargon’s Palace, Oriental Institute lecture, Breasted Hall, Oriental Institute, University of Chicago. Free admission, light refreshments served after lecture.

Join Laura D’Alessandro, Head of the Oriental Institute Conservation Laboratory, for a richly illustrated slide lecture previewing our second major installation of colossal reliefs from the palace of King Sargon II at Khorsabad. Soon to go on view in the Institute’s completely renovated East Wing, this new display of Khorsabad reliefs features scenes from the private living quarters of the king’s palace, with views of grand banquets, hunting scenes in palace parklands, and the gifts and tribute brought to the king from conquered lands, all of which add a new dimension to the life and times of a monarch who called himself “king of the universe.” Learn how the Institute’s conservation staff undertook the monumental task of conserving, moving, and reinstalling these reliefs.return to top

study days

There are currently no Study Days listed for Chicago.return to top


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