Events

  • ANDY WARHOL: ENDANGERED SPECIES opens

    (General - From Friday, September 23, 2022 until Sunday, December 11, 2022)

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    ANDY WARHOL: ENDANGERED SPECIES

    September 23 – December 11, 2022

    Peoria Riverfront Museum

    In 1983, American artist Andy Warhol (1928-1987) created the Endangered Species series, which depicts ten animals that were recognized in the Endangered Species Act of 1973. The screen prints, presented in Warhol’s signature pop style, resemble the artist’s depictions of celebrities such as Dolly Parton and Muhammed Ali. This stylistic choice allows for a visual elevation of the animals’ representation – through oversized portraiture, bold outlines, and vibrant colors – to a type of celebrity or icon.

    Warhol created Endangered Species, commissioned by art dealers and environmental activists Ronald and Frayda Feldman, in response to ongoing ecological concerns around the global impact of human destruction of animals and the environment. Warhol made 150 editions of the set of ten screen prints. He donated 100 of these prints to wildlife conservation organizations with the intention that they be auctioned to raise money.

    Andy Warhol: Endangered Species features a complete set of the ten screen prints, presented through themes that explore Andy Warhol, visual culture as a tool of activism, and ongoing issues of environmental destruction. In the same way that Warhol’s images went beyond simple depictions of endangered species, this exhibition is more than a celebration of art, activism through visual culture, and the natural world. It is a call to remember that we share this planet, and it is our responsibility to make choices that protect and support all living beings.

    Endangered Species displayed prints: African Elephant, Bald Eagle, Bighorn Ram, Black Rhinoceros, Giant Panda, Grevy's Zebra, Orangutan, Pine Barrens Tree Frog, San Francisco Silverspot Butterfly and Siberian Tiger.


    Andy Warhol: Endangered Species is organized by Art Bridges with works drawn from the collection of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. 

    Image: Andy Warhol (1928-1987), Bighorn Ram, 1983, screen print on paper, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas, 2015.38.6. Photography by Edward C. Robison Ill. © 2022 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Licensed by Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York.

    THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS

    Generous support for this project provided by Art Bridges.

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    Sponsored locally by Visionary Society & Illinois Arts Council Agency.

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  • Woody Allen's 1977 ANNIE HALL | Marc Eliot's Art of Film

    (General - From Friday, September 30, 2022 until Sunday, October 2, 2022)

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    MARC ELIOT'S ART OF FILM

    Among Marc's Favorites

    Woody Allen's 1977 Annie Hall

    Fri, Sep 30 | 6:30 PM | Tickets: CLICK HERE

    Sun, Oct 2 | 2:30 PM | Tickets: CLICK HERE

    Join New York Times best-selling author, film scholar and historian, and resident film curator MARC ELIOT, for the ART OF FILM featuring the Greatest Films ever released, presented the way they were meant to be seen on the Giant Screen. Marc Eliot personally selects each film, focusing on directorial art and influence (auteur theory), and examines the masterworks of legendary film directors, providing a virtual pre-film introduction and a full post-film discussion for each film. Meet Marc Eliot in person at special ART OF FILM FESTIVAL events.

    See the Greatest Films on Illinois' largest movie screen, the way they were meant to be seen!

    EVERY FRIDAY AT 6:30 PM & SUNDAY AT 2:30 PM

    COMPLETE SERIES | CLICK HERE


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    Johnathan Demme's 1991 The Silence of the Lambs

    Fri, Oct 7 | 6:30 PM & Sun, Oct 9 | 2:30 PM

    Alfred Hitchcock's 1958  Vertigo

    Fri, Oct 14 | 6:30 PM

    Edward Dmytryk's 1954 The Caine Mutiny

    Fri, Oct 21 | 6:30 PM & Sun, Oct 23 | 2:30 PM

    Roman Polanski's 1968 Rosemary's Baby

    Fri, Oct 28 | 6:30 PM & Sun, Oct 30 | 2:30 PM

    David Lean's 1962 Lawrence of Arabia

    Fri, Nov 4 | 6:30 PM & Sun, Nov 6 | 2:30 PM

    Bob Rafelson's 1970 Five Easy Pieces

    Fri, Nov 11 | 6:30 PM & Sun, Nov 13 | 2:30 PM

    Richard Brooks' 1955 Blackboard Jungle

    Fri, Nov 18 | 6:30 PM & Sun, Nov 20 | 2:30 PM

    John Frankenheimer's 1964 Seven Days in May

    Fri, Dec 9 | 6:30 PM & Sun, Dec 11 | 2:30 PM

    Terence Young's 1963 From Russia With Love

    Fri, Dec 16 | 6:30 PM & Sun, Dec 18 | 2:30 PM

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    MARC ELIOT

    Marc Eliot, a well-known and highly respected film critic and historian, is the New York Times bestselling author of 26 books including definitive biographies on Jimmy Stewart, Cary Grant, Charlton Heston, Steve McQueen, Clint Eastwood, Ronald Reagan (Reagan: The Hollywood Years), Walt Disney, The Eagles and his latest work, The Hag, about Merle Haggard.

    Eliot began his career as a child actor and student at the High School of Performing Arts. He went on to earn two post-graduate degrees in writing and Film History and Criticism from Columbia University, where he was mentored by the renowned film critic and scholar Andrew Sarris, who brought the French Auteur Theory to America.

    A New York City native and resident, Eliot has become a regular visitor to the Peoria region, first serving as artist-in-residence at Eureka College in 2012. He hosted his first "Art of Film" festival, on Alfred Hitchcock, in March of 2019 at the Peoria Riverfront Museum, where he serves as resident film curator.

    Go behind the scenes with Marc Eliot. Get the exclusive Art of Film newsletter. Sign up for Film Society emails HERE!

    THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS

    Kathy & Harry Puterbaugh, Dr. Darrel & Dr. Jane Gumm, Nancy Snowden, Film Society


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  • Kerry Grady THE POWER OF DESIGN | From Pencil to Mouse: Forty Years of Graphic Design

    (General - Saturday, October 1, 2022)

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    THE POWER OF DESIGN

    FROM PENCIL TO MOUSE: FORTY YEARS OF GRAPHIC DESIGN

    A conversation with veteran Chicago graphic designer KERRY GRADY

    SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1 | 4:30 - 7 PM 

    Peoria Riverfront Museum

    Giant Screen Theater & Lobby

    SCHEDULE

    • Doors open | 4 PM
    • Conversation & Q&A | 4:30 - 6 PM
    • Reception featuring Cyd's in the Park | 6-7 PM

    Reserve tickets HERE

    Forty years after an Iowa boy moved to Chicago to pursue his design dream, a book was born. 

    Join us in a lively conversation between Peoria's own Ed Sutkowski and veteran Chicago designer Kerry Grady as they explore the stories, inspirations and challenges of Kerry's lifelong pursuit to uphold timeless design principles over four decades of continuous change. 

    This main event features a collection of Kerry's wide-ranging design work presented in the Peoria Riverfront Museum's Giant Screen Theater, accompanied by an exhibition in the McCord Gallery.

    A reception and book signing with Kerry Grady, hosted by Linda & Ed Sutkowski, follows the event. The reception features Cyd's in the Park hors d'oeuvres paired with red and sparkling wine, as well as ice tea and water. Kerry Grady's books and merchandise will be available for purchase.

    Reserve tickets HERE

    THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS

    Sponsored by Linda & Ed Sutkowski, Visionary Society & Illinois Arts Council Agency.

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  • Planet Passport - Mercury

    (General - Saturday, October 1, 2022)

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    Planet Passport Series - Mercury 

    Join our planet passport series! Each month, come to the planetarium for a show focused on one planet or place in space. Participants will receive a planet passport, and for each show they attend, will earn a sticker for that destination. Collect three stickers and earn a prize! Those with five stickers will pick a second prize, and be invited to a planet party in the Dome! Those with eight stickers and more will earn more prizes, be invited to the planet party, and be invited to an exclusive telescope viewing of the planets and Moon. Bring your passport to each show to collect a complete set!

    Shows will be on the first Saturday (10:30 AM) and second Thursday (6 PM) of each month. This program is available for all ages.

    October focuses on Mercury. We will talk about how it looks in our sky, how it formed, its exploration, and fly to it and land on it using our planetarium spaceship.

    Each show will be about 45 minutes in length.

    Buy one passport per participant, and you can come to any show in the series. If you miss the a month or two, don't worry! We will repeat the series next year, so you will have more chances to collect more planet stickers.

    One passport includes: a seat in any of our 10 different planet passport shows, a prize when you collect 3, 5, 8 and 10 stickers, and the ability to earn admission to the planet party and observing night with 5 or 8 stickers earned. Passports are $15 for members and $20 for non-members.

    Sign up for your passport here.

    October 1 (10:30 AM) and October 13 (6 PM) - Mercury

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  • MARS: The Exhibition opens

    (General - Friday, October 7, 2022)

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    MARS

    The Exhibition

    October 7, 2022 - Spring 2023

    Experience Gallery

    Take a trip to the Red Planet!  Explore our custom made 10-foot illuminated Mars & see full-scale NASA rover models!

    Humans have dreamt about visiting Mars since the 1700s, long before the technology existed to take us there. Now you can examine the red planet lit up, closeup and in fine detail with this beautiful, glowing artwork by UK artist Luke Jerram.

    The interactive exhibition "MARS" is centered around Jerram's 10-foot (3-meter) illuminated spherical sculpture, custom made for the Peoria Riverfront Museum by the artist. Lit from within, the artwork features detailed 120-dpi NASA imagery of the Martian surface, compiled from Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) data - Visible Earth series, NASA.

    • Explore our 10-foot (3-meter) lit up replica of Mars to see every valley, crater, volcano and mountain, and imagine what it’s like to step foot on the Red Planet!
    • See full-sized models of the first rovers that explored the red planet, on loan from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL).
    • Marvel at Mars’ tallest mountain and deepest canyon, and experience the elevation changes yourself with an augmented reality (AR) sandbox.
    • Kids of all ages will enjoy trying their hand at controlling robots and exploring pop culture items related to Mars’ exploration in fact and fiction.

    Meet you at MARS!


    THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS

    Mary Ann & Sheldon Schafer Family, and Visionary Society

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    "Mars," by U. K. artist Luke Jerram. Lit from within, the 10-ft. (3-m.) diameter artwork features detailed 120-dpi NASA imagery of the Martian surface, compiled from Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) data - Visible Earth series, NASA.

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  • Planet Passport Series - Mercury

    (General - Thursday, October 13, 2022)

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    Planet Passport Series - Mercury 

    Join our planet passport series! Each month, come to the planetarium for a show focused on one planet or place in space. Participants will receive a planet passport, and for each show they attend, will earn a sticker for that destination. Collect three stickers and earn a prize! Those with five stickers will pick a second prize, and be invited to a planet party in the Dome! Those with eight stickers and more will earn more prizes, be invited to the planet party, and be invited to an exclusive telescope viewing of the planets and Moon. Bring your passport to each show to collect a complete set!

    Shows will be on the first Saturday (10:30 AM) and second Thursday (6 PM) of each month. This program is available for all ages.

    October focuses on Mercury. We will talk about how it looks in our sky, how it formed, its exploration, and fly to it and land on it using our planetarium spaceship.

    Each show will be about 45 minutes in length.

    Buy one passport per participant, and you can come to any show in the series. If you miss the a month or two, don't worry! We will repeat the series next year, so you will have more chances to collect more planet stickers.

    One passport includes: a seat in any of our 10 different planet passport shows, a prize when you collect 3, 5, 8 and 10 stickers, and the ability to earn admission to the planet party and observing night with 5 or 8 stickers earned. Passports are $15 for members and $20 for non-members.

    Sign up for your passport here.

    October 1 (10:30 AM) and October 13 (6 PM) - Mercury


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  • Laser Light Night: Halloween, Stranger Things, Pink Floyd: The Wall

    (General - Friday, October 14, 2022)

    Laser Light Night: Halloween, Stranger Things, Pink Floyd: The Wall

    Dome Planetarium 

    Fri. October 14

    6:00 pm | Laser Halloween
    7:15 pm | Laser Stranger Things
    8:30 pm | Laser Floyd: The Wall

    Sit back, relax and rock out with our new laser light system from "the worldwide leader in planetarium laser light shows," Laser Fantasy! Experience the full 3D excitement! The system features a graphics laser projector with special effects, a haze machine & a new beam projector, plus a fresh playlist of 20+ performances, from Beyoncé to The Beatles! Pick up show-enhancing spectrum glasses and refreshments at concessions!

    $7 Members | $10 Public

    Buy tickets online now click here.
    Tickets & more info also available at the Museum or by phone at 309.686.7000.

    (Note: These shows contain lyrics to popular songs and some may not be suitable for all ages.)

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  • Inherit the Wind

    (Theater - From Saturday, October 15, 2022 until Sunday, October 16, 2022)

    Peoria Area Reader’s Theater Ensemble performs “Inherit the Wind”

    Sat, Oct 15 | 7:30 PM - Click here for tickets

    Sun, Oct 16 | 3:30 PM - Click here for tickets

    “Inherit the Wind”, the timeless drama depicting issues of science and faith and how society grapples with these controversies, is an imaginative dramatization of the 1925 Scopes “Monkey Trial”. In this landmark trial, high school teacher John Scopes was tried for violating a Tennessee law forbidding the teaching of “…the simian descent of man.” The question of evolution versus creationism is still one that elicits strong feelings. In this play, the arguments are presented in the dramatic setting of a courtroom. “What’s on trial here is not Evolution; it’s Freedom of Speech!”: so states lead defense counsel Colonel Henry Drummond.

    Directed and adapted by Edith Barnard, the play will feature performances by Judge Jim Shadid, Phil Luciano, Gene Pratt, Mitch Gilfillan, Kathryn Eissfeldt, Judge Mike McCuskey and many more talented Central Illinois actors. Wes Sedrel will direct The Hillsboro Band. The Giant Screen Slides are created by Duffy Armstrong Farrell.

    The production, presented by Peoria Area Reader’s Theater Ensemble and the Peoria Riverfront Museum, will benefit Prairie State Legal Services.

    The theater will open 30 minutes prior to the performances so that audiences can converse with the cast who will be in character. Doors will open at 7 p.m. Saturday evening for the 7:30 performance and at 3 p.m. on Sunday for the 3:30 performance.

  • Laser Light Night: Halloween, Stranger Things

    (General - Saturday, October 29, 2022)

    Laser Light Night: Halloween, Stranger Things

    Dome Planetarium 

    Sat. October 29

    6:00 pm | Halloween Spooktacular
    7:15 pm | Laser Halloween
    8:30 pm | Laser Stranger Things

    Sit back, relax and rock out with our new laser light system from "the worldwide leader in planetarium laser light shows," Laser Fantasy! Experience the full 3D excitement! The system features a graphics laser projector with special effects, a haze machine & a new beam projector, plus a fresh playlist of 20+ performances, from Beyoncé to The Beatles! Pick up show-enhancing spectrum glasses and refreshments at concessions!

    $7 Members | $10 Public

    Buy tickets online now click here.
    Tickets & more info also available at the Museum or by phone at 309.686.7000.

    (Note: These shows contain lyrics to popular songs and some may not be suitable for all ages.)

  • Planet Passport - Venus

    (General - Saturday, November 5, 2022)

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    Planet Passport Series - Venus 

    Join our planet passport series! Each month, come to the planetarium for a show focused on one planet or place in space. Participants will receive a planet passport, and for each show they attend, will earn a sticker for that destination. Collect three stickers and earn a prize! Those with five stickers will pick a second prize, and be invited to a planet party in the Dome! Those with eight stickers and more will earn more prizes, be invited to the planet party, and be invited to an exclusive telescope viewing of the planets and Moon. Bring your passport to each show to collect a complete set!

    Shows will be on the first Saturday (10:30 AM) and second Thursday (6 PM) of each month. This program is available for all ages.

    November focuses on Venus! We will look at Venus in our sky, talk about its formation, exploration, and role in stories and myths.

    Each show will be about 45 minutes in length.

    Buy one passport per participant, and you can come to any show in the series. If you miss the a month or two, don't worry! We will repeat the series next year, so you will have more chances to collect more planet stickers.

    One passport includes: a seat in any of our 10 different planet passport shows, a prize when you collect 3, 5, 8 and 10 stickers, and the ability to earn admission to the planet party and observing night with 5 or 8 stickers earned. Passports are $15 for members and $20 for non-members.

    Sign up for your passport here

    November 5 (10:30 AM) and November 10 (6 PM) - Venus

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  • Planet Passport Series - Venus

    (General - Thursday, November 10, 2022)

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    Planet Passport Series - Venus 

    Join our planet passport series! Each month, come to the planetarium for a show focused on one planet or place in space. Participants will receive a planet passport, and for each show they attend, will earn a sticker for that destination. Collect three stickers and earn a prize! Those with five stickers will pick a second prize, and be invited to a planet party in the Dome! Those with eight stickers and more will earn more prizes, be invited to the planet party, and be invited to an exclusive telescope viewing of the planets and Moon. Bring your passport to each show to collect a complete set!

    Shows will be on the first Saturday (10:30 AM) and second Thursday (6 PM) of each month. This program is available for all ages.

    November focuses on Venus! We will look at Venus in our sky, talk about its formation, exploration, and role in stories and myths.

    Each show will be about 45 minutes in length.

    Buy one passport per participant, and you can come to any show in the series. If you miss the a month or two, don't worry! We will repeat the series next year, so you will have more chances to collect more planet stickers.

    One passport includes: a seat in any of our 10 different planet passport shows, a prize when you collect 3, 5, 8 and 10 stickers, and the ability to earn admission to the planet party and observing night with 5 or 8 stickers earned. Passports are $15 for members and $20 for non-members.

    Sign up for your passport here

    November 5 (10:30 AM) and November 10 (6 PM) - Venus

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