Our guests will be Mr. James N. Wood, Director of The Art Institute of Chicago and Mr. Richard Bretell, Searle Curator of European Painting and Sculpture. Mr. Wood will give us an update on the “State of Art” at The Art Institute of Chicago. He will also take this opportunity to provide us with a summary of recent major acquisitions of The Art Institute. Mr. Bretell will give us a preview and insights into “A Day in the Country” exhibition which opens at The Art Institute of Chicago in October. It will be our opportunity to ask him if he sees any influence from the French Impressionist Period manifested in the work of current artists.