Fall 2020 Programming

Projections will resume on Thursday, April 1 with the world premiere of Astrographics, a 16-minute piece developed in collaboration with the Adler Planetarium. The program will run nightly at 8:30 p.m. & 9:00 p.m. through July 4, 2021. 

The Joffrey Ballet

The Nutcracker

This projection inspired by Joffrey Ballet’s  The Nutcracker  allows visitors to experience scenes from the holiday classic as they listen to Tchaikovsky’s famous score. The Joffrey’s rendition is set during the 1893 World’s Fair and follows Marie, a young girl who receives a magical nutcracker for Christmas and is transported to a magnificent world beyond her wildest dreams. Representing the innovation, ingenuity and hope of Chicago, the production features the work of  Tony Award®-winning choreographer Christopher Wheeldon.

Art Institute of Chicago

Claude Monet & Bisa Butler

In conjunction with the Art Institute of Chicago’s exhibition Monet and Chicago, Art on theMART illuminates the city’s historic riverfront building with projections of six iconic paintings by famed Impressionist Claude Monet, including Monet’s Water Lilies and Stacks of Wheat, accompanied by the classical music composition “Clair de Lune” by Claude Debussy.

Art on theMART will also project captivating portraits by contemporary American artist Bisa Butler in alignment with the Art Institute of Chicago’s exhibition Bisa Butler: Portraits.

Arts of Life

City Circle Heart

City Circle Heart features the work of  five studio artists with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The projection is a compilation of colorful, abstract images that are knitted together in a dynamic moving image display that will attract people of all abilities to appreciate the movement, colors and unique soundscape. Participating artists are Marcelo Añón, Veronica Cuculich, Stefan Harhaj, Hector Jones and Maria Vanik with motion graphics by Lisa Armstrong and sound design by Chris Kalis.


– Claude Monet ‘Poppy Field (Giverny)’ 1890-91. The Art Institute of Chicago, Mr. and Mrs. W. W. Kimball Collection.
– The Joffrey Ballet’s The Nutcracker
Bisa Butler’s The Princess, 2018. The Art Institute of Chicago, Collection of Bob and Jane Clark. Copyright Bisa Butler
Bisa Butler’s Anaya with Oranges, 2017. The Art Institute of Chicago, Dimmitt Davies Collection. Copyright Bisa Butler
– Arts of Life, City Circle Heart