Zoom @ Noon

Previous Sessions


Aztec Stories with Michael Heralda - March 30, 2021 @ 12 PM

Aztec Stories is a cultural, educational and musically interactive presentation that celebrates the rich beauty and sophistication of the great Mexica/Aztec culture. Michael Heralda shares information on Mexican instruments, food, ceremonies, traditions, and philosophical concepts - all from an indigenous perspective. He addresses the significance and legacy of the feathered Kopilli (headdress) of Motecuhzoma Zocoyotzin - the 9th ruler of the Mexica/Aztecs.
Heralda is a songwriter, touring artist, storyteller and poet based in New Mexico. He has shared his interactive Aztec Stories presentations with museums, universities, and local communities across the United States for more than 25 years. 


The Fabric of Faiths: How Headwear Makes Religion Real - March 23, 2021 @ 12 PM

Hats are more than mere fashion statements. Constructing, embellishing, and wearing hats is an essential way in which a community's religious beliefs are brought to life. Looking closely at some remarkable objects in Global Language of Headwear: Cultural Identity, Rites of Passage, and Spirituality, we will explore how they function in religious rituals, express the identity and spiritual aspirations of peoples, and bind together members of a community. 
John McCormack, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Religion at Aurora University. He specializes in the history of Christianity, religion and politics, world religions, and early Modern Europe, France, and Latin America. He earned his BA in History and MA in Religion from Yale University and both his MA and PhD in History from the University of Notre Dame.


What's That on Your Head? An Art History of Hats! - March 16, 2021 @ 12 PM

Using paintings, sculptures, prints, and photographs this presentation jumps through history and the evolution of headwear. Hats communicate hierarchy, provide protection, express fashion, and identify people's social and political positions. Old designs evolve and take on new meanings. 

Christine Benoodt is an art historian and independent art consultant engaged in art collection management, fine art appraisals, lecture/presentations, and special projects. She studied Art History and Art World Practice in the Christie’s program in London.   


Zoom @ Noon: Conversation with the Curator - March 2, 2021 @ 12 PM

A conversation with Stacey W. Miller, the Curator for The Global Language of Headwear and Dr. Natasha Ritsma, Director of the Schingoethe Center. 
Miller is the owner of Hat Horizons and an independent curator of ethnographic headwear. She has spent over 30 years collecting and researching the cultural significance of hats and headdresses. She has collected more than 1300 hats and headdresses from almost every corner of the world. 


Zoom @ Noon with Frank Trankina - November 11, 2020 @ 12 PM

Frank Trankina is an American contemporary artist best known for his still-life paintings of paper ephemera and toys arranged on shelves. He is a full professor at Northern Illinois University. He has exhibited his work across the United States and has had solo exhibitions in Chicago, St. Louis, and Tokyo.

In this Zoom @ Noon session, Trankina discusses his work with Douglas Stapleton, Associate Curator of Art at the Illinois State Museum, and James Kao, Professor of Art at Aurora University.


Zoom @ Noon: Celebrating Ruth Muskrat Bronson with Ida Muskrat Dunham and Jennifer Loren, facilitated by Dr. Gerald Butters - November 4, 2020 @ 12 PM

A conversation with Aurora University History Professor, Dr. Gerald Butters, and Ruth Muskrat Bronson’s nieces​, Ida Muskrat Dunham and Jennifer Loren, about the work and life of Ruth Muskrat Bronson, a woman who has been hailed as “one of the most important American Indian intellectual and political figures of the early 20th century.”


Zoom @ Noon with Hector Duarte - October 14, 2020 @ 12 PM

Hector Duarte studied mural painting at the workshop of David Alfaro Siqueiros in 1977. Since moving to Chicago in 1985, Duarte has participated in the creation of more than 45 murals. He has exhibited his paintings and prints in solo and collective shows at such venues as the School of the Art Institute, the State of Illinois Gallery, the Chicago Historical Society, the Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum, and Casa Estudio Museo Diego Rivera in Mexico.

Duarte is the co-founder of the Julio Ruelas Print Workshop in Zacatecas, Mexico, La Casa de la Cultura in Zamora, Mexico and Taller Mestizarte in Chicago.

Watch this video to hear Duarte discuss his work in conversation with Doug Stapleton, Associate Curator of Art at the Illinois State Museum.


Zoom @ Noon - The Art of Meditation - October 7 @ 12 PM

In this Zoom @ Noon session, Cheryl Block (MSN, RN, AWC, RYT200), founder and executive director of Healthy Inputs, LLC, teaches us about the art of meditation.

This program will teach you about proven techniques that can be implemented at "any given moment" to create a positive effect on your body and mind. You will learn a total of 6 different meditation techniques, two that can be used to combat an "overactive, racing mind", two that can help calm "a too intense/overly focused mind", and two that can support a "sluggish or stuck" mind.


Zoom @ Noon with Riva Lehrer - September 23, 2020 @ 12 PM

Riva Lehrer is an American painter, writer, teacher, and speaker. Lehrer was born with spina bifida and her work focuses on issues of physical identity and the socially challenged body, especially in explorations of cultural depictions of disability.

Hear Riva Lehrer discuss her work in conversation with Douglas Stapleton, Associate Curator of Art at the Illinois State Museum.