Special Events & Activities

The Modernist Studies Association and the Chicago conference’s Local Organizing Committee are pleased to offer the following special events and activities.  You will have the opportunity to sign up for these online during the early registration process (before September 15).  Please note that spaces in these limited-capacity events will be reserved on a first-come first-served basis and are likely to fill quickly, so we encourage everyone to register and sign up as early as possible.

Graduate Student Meet-Up

5 PM – 7 PM, Thursday, November 4, 2021| Club International

Organized by Annie Strausa of the University of Bristol, this convivial cocktail hour in the Drake’s storied Club International room welcomes graduate students attending the conference. This will be a great chance to network and meet fellow modernist studies scholars from around the world.  Students who sign up for the event will receive a free drink ticket for the event’s cash bar. Capacity 150.

Guided Tour of the Newberry Library’s Chicago Avant-Garde: Five Women Exhibition with Curator and Newberry Director of Chicago Studies, Liesl Olson

Dates and times: will be released with final program

Chicago Avant Garde tells the story of five women who took radical risks in their lives and in their art: artist Gertrude Abercrombie, poet Gwendolyn Brooks, choreographers Katherine Dunham and Ruth Page, and dealer-curator Katharine Kuh. Inspired and challenged by Chicago, they helped transform the city into a hub of avant-garde experimentation.  Exhibit curator Liesl Olson will lead participants through this groundbreaking exhibit at the Newberry Library (less than 10 minutes walking distance from the Drake). Capacity 60.

Modernism at the Art Institute of Chicago: From Manet to Miró*

Dates and times: soon will be released with final program

Art historians Todd Cronan (Emory University) and Charles Palermo (College of William & Mary) will guide participants through a close inspection of six major modernist works from the Art Institute’s permanent collection. The museum is located a mile and a half south of the Drake, on Michigan Avenue between Chicago’s famous Millennium and Grant parks. Tour groups will be kept small to allow opportunity for discussion. Capacity 20. *Please note that there is a $15 fee for this event, to be paid in advance with registration.

Guided Tour of the American Writers Museum*

Dates and times: soon will be released with final program

Tours will offer a special focus on native and immigrant writers. The AWM, which opened its doors to the public only recently in 2017, is located on Michigan Avenue at Lake Street, one mile south of the Drake Hotel and just a block from Millennium Park.  Dates and times will be announced in October. Capacity 30.

*Please note that there is a $10 fee for this event, to be paid in advance with registration.

Matinee Screening of Passing

CANCELLED due to unavailability of Netflix release in time for the conference and prohibitive AV costs

MSA and BAMS Student Reading Group

3 PM – 5 PM Thursday, November 4, 2021 | Club International

Annie Strausa (University of Bristol) will facilitate this joint student reading group for the Modernist Studies Association and British Association of Modernist Studies. New members of both organizations are welcome.  Texts to be announced.  Capacity 20.