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Chicago | Tour & Reception: ‘Theodora Allen: Saturnine’ at the Driehaus Museum, with Anna Musci & Stephanie Cristello

August 4, 2022 | 5:00 pm 7:00 pm

Please join us for a tour of Theodora Allen: Saturnine at the Driehaus Museum. Prior to the tour, enjoy a private half-hour reception with Anna Musci, Executive Director of the Driehaus Museum, and Stephanie Cristello, the Exhibition Curator. Stick around afterwards for a Gilded Age cocktail demo and tasting!

The exhibition marks the latest iteration of the Museum’s newest initiative: A Tale of Today. It features work by leading contemporary artists to expand the immersive experience and to shape our understanding of the world through the art, architecture, design, and cultural history of the Nickerson Mansion, the Museum’s home. Curated by Stephanie Cristello, Theodora Allen: Saturnine derives its title from figure of Saturn and its historical association with melancholy, often referred to as the curse of artists. Visitors to the Museum will see Allen’s luminous and meditative compositions. They are filled with a lexicon of snakes, planets, moons, and plant life – motifs that draw from ancient Greek mythology, literature, fin-de-siècle Europe, and the zeitgeist of 1960s California.


  • ArtTable Members – $35
  • Member Guests/Non-Members – $45

Your ticket includes the tour and access to the reception as well as discounted general admission to the museum.

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Health and Safety Measures

  • Time-ticketed admissions and periodic head count monitoring throughout the day will aid in regulating capacity.
  • Enhanced and frequent cleaning procedures and schedules have been put into place.
  • Credit card only transactions are allowed at this time.
  • Guest who feel sick prior to their admission time are required to reschedule their visit.

Please note: Exposure to COVID-19 is an inherent risk in any public place where people are present. Despite all precautionary measures taken, we cannot guarantee that you will not be exposed during your visit. Your cooperation with Museum policies, including the safety measures outlined here and on signs posted throughout the Museum, is required during your visit. Please follow protection measures as outlined by the CDC before and during your visit.

Elevators service all three floors of the Driehaus Museum. The wheelchair accessible entrance is located at 50 East Erie Street, next door to the museum’s main entrance.

Large print labels are available upon request from a Museum representative during your visit.

The Driehaus Museum is located at 40 East Erie Street, Chicago, IL on the north-east corner of Wabash and Erie, just two blocks west of Michigan Avenue.

While we do not offer parking onsite, the Museum validates the following garage:
ROW Self-Park
50 East Ohio Street
Chicago, IL 60611

The rate is $16 for up to 6 hours. Validation is available at the Admissions desk.

Additional parking options are available through SpotHero, the nation’s leading parking reservation app.

To reserve your parking spot, visit the Driehaus Museum SpotHero Parking Page and book a spot with rates up to 50% off drive-up.

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About Anna Musci

About Anna Musci

Headshot of Anna MusciAnna Musci came to the Driehaus Museum after a 30-year career engaged in new business strategy in the financial services industry and advisory services to private clients, family offices, nonprofit organizations, and corporations in wealth management and estate planning. She served as a business development liaison to the investment banking, commercial lending, and private client services divisions of UBS Financial Services, CIBC Oppenheimer, Alex. Brown & Sons, and LaSalle Bank. At the Driehaus Museum she led the retail development strategy and started the first External Affairs department before serving in her current role as the Museum’s Executive Director in 2020.

A lifelong Chicagoan, Musci has demonstrated a commitment to serving her community. She is a sustaining member of the Junior League of Chicago, where she has held numerous advisory, committee chair, and board positions; member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals; member of the The Magnificent Mile Association; member of Women Investment Professionals; past Committee Chair for Chicago’s Old Town Art Fair; past director and treasurer of Famous Door Theatre Company; past tutor and advisory board member of Chicago Lights; and Recording for the Blind volunteer. Musci holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from St. Mary’s College of Notre Dame, Indiana and Rome, Italy.

About Stephanie Cristello

Headshot of Stephanie CristelloStephanie Cristello (b. 1991) is a contemporary art critic, curator, and author based in Chicago, IL. Her work focuses on artists who critically engage with the image and its role in visual culture. Cristello was previously the Senior Editor US for ArtSlant (2012–2018). She is also the founding Editor-in-Chief of THE SEEN, Chicago’s International Journal of Contemporary & Modern Art. Her writing has been published in ArtReview, BOMB Magazine, Elephant Magazine, Frieze Magazine, Mousse Magazine, OSMOS, and Portable Gray, published by the University of Chicago Press. She graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2013 with a Liberal Arts Thesis in the Visual Critical Studies Department. She served as the Artistic Director of EXPO CHICAGO (2013–2020) and is currently the Director / Curator at Chicago Manual Style. In 2020–21 she was a Guest Curator at Kunsthal Aarhus (Denmark) and the Malmö Art Museum (Sweden), as well as a Curatorial Advisor to the 2020 Busan Biennale (South Korea). She is the author of Theodora Allen: Saturnine (Motto / Kunsthal Aarhus, 2021) and the forthcoming book Barbara Kasten: Architecture and Film 2015–2020 (Skira, 2022), which was awarded a publication grant from the Graham Foundation.

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