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Farnsworth House: Upcoming Events


 Moonlight Tour

Friday and Saturday, September 13th & 14th |6:30pm | $35

Discover Mies van der Rohe’s celebrated Farnsworth House in a new light during our special Moonlight Tours, back by popular demand. These exclusive tours will start at dusk and return after dark, lasting approximately 90 minutes. Guests will be led along a lighted path with woods on one side and the Fox River on the other, to enjoy a full guided tour of Farnsworth House illuminated against the evening sky.


Fox River Flow: Tai Chi with Kristi

Saturday, September 13th | 8:30am | $20

Center yourself as you become aware of your own energy, while relaxing and strengthening your body without injury or strain. Tai Chi (Taiji) is an ancient form of meditative exercise, helping one meet day to day challenges by harmonizing mind and body and keeping oneself in tune with the natural order of things.

Join certified ACE Fitness Instructor Kristi Niedzwiecki for this unique experience as you harmonize Taiji with the beauty and tranquility of the Farnsworth House. Much as the design of the house incorporates its surroundings, the philosophy of Tai Chi includes the awareness of environment and encompassing energy. This special program will conclude in time for guests to join the 10 AM tour at a discounted price.


OPENING: Mies In Translation

Architectural Model Exhibition
Sunday, September 15th | 2:30-5:30 PM | FREE!
Special presentation by exhibition curator William Huchting of makeArchitecture at 3:00pm.
This exhibition will feature architectural models of selected projects designed by Mies van der Rohe, including the Barcelona Pavilion, the 1940 IIT Campus plan, and the unbuilt Brussels Pavilion. These projects embody the evolution of Mies’s signature “free plan”– a framework of structural order giving way to unobstructed, free-flowing open space – from a residential to an urban scale. They will be framed through the lens of the writings of the Roman Catholic theologian Romano Guardini, and the markings and notes Mies made in his personal copies of Guardini’s works, which will be displayed, translated and applied to an understanding of his architecture and his place in history. The exhibition will also feature original sketches by van der Rohe, including furniture design, revealing his reworking and refinement of an idea over decades.  In contrast to his architectural designs, Mies’s furniture designs responded specifically to human scale and form. This exhibition runs September 17th – October 27th, during regular tour hours and is always free to the public.


Farnsworth For The Birds

Saturday, September 28th | 8:30am | $10

Join experienced Fox Valley birder and wildlife artist Christopher Cudworth for bird finding and bird facts, including their lives and significance in the ecological landscape. Using a mobile app, Chris can help guests learn to identify even confusing birds. Guests could observe more than thirty species of birds in an hour’s time! Bring binoculars for looking at birds close-up and Chris will provide a spotting scope for those “hard to see” birds out in the field or up in the trees. Waterproof footwear is recommended. This special program does not include a tour of Farnsworth House; participants will be eligible for discounted admission to a separate guided tour.



Geometry of Light

VIP Opening: Friday, October 11th | 7:00 PM | $75 | Drinks & Hors d’oeuvres

General Admission: Saturday & Sunday, October 12-13th | 7:00 PM | $35

Group Rates Available!

We are pleased to host this light-based art intervention by Luftwerk in collaboration with Iker Gil, which projects light and patterns both inside and on the grounds surrounding the Farnsworth House. Presented in concert with a sound-piece developed in direct response to the site by Oriol Tarragó, this intervention will reveal underlying geometries that relate the house to its river floodplain site, topography, and natural landscape. Co-presented by Farnsworth House and MAS Context.

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