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Most lectures, workshops, concerts, and other programs at the Smart Museum of Art are free and open to the public. But space can be limited. Please register in advance for select programs below.

  • Salvatore Settis

    Lecture: Salvatore Settis

    Thu. March 30 4:30 PM

    A lecture by archaeologist and art historian Salvatore Settis

  • Wolf Vostell, Untitled [Betonstuhl during the Happening Desastres at the Berlin Wall], 1972. Photo by Jurgen Muller-Schneck. Art © The Wolf Vostell Estate.

    Curator Tour: Vostell Concrete

    Sun. April 2 2:00 PM

    Join Christine Mehring and Diane Miliotes for a tour of Vostell Concrete

  • Unidentified Artist, North African, probably Carthage, Head of an Emperor or Female Head (An Empress?), c. 4th–5th century, Carved limestone high relief. Smart Museum of Art, The University of Chicago, Gift in memory of John W. McKay, Trail, B.C. Canada

    Gallery Talk: Jas’ Elsner

    Thu. April 6 5:00 PM

    Art historian and classicist Jas’ Elsner reflects on the lives of ancient art objects

  • William-Adolphe Bouguereau, Homer and His Guide (detail), 1874, Oil on canvas. Collection: Milwaukee Art Museum.

    Homer to Vonnegut: A Print Odyssey (Part I)

    Thu. April 20 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

    This two-part program explores the space between literature and art, war and peace, and land and sea.

  • Kurt Vonnegut, Self Portrait

    Homer to Vonnegut: A Print Odyssey (Part II)

    Tue. April 25 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

    This two-part program explores the space between literature and art, war and peace, and land and sea.

  • Christine Mehring and Concrete Traffic. Photo by Eddie Quinones.

    Conservation Conversation

    Sat. April 29 2:00 PM

    A conversation about the treatments and perspectives that shaped the conservation of Concrete Traffic

  • Guglielmo (Wilhelm von) Pluschow, House of Marcus Lucretius, Pompeii (detail), undated, Albumen print Alma-Tadema Collection, Cadbury Research Library, University of Birmingham, Cat. AT 7988.

    Classic Kink (Part I)

    Thu. May 4 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

    This two-part program explores themes of classicism in relation to contemporary LGBTQ communities.

  • Richard Vertucci, 1965, Kris Studios Chicago, Chuck Renslow Photographer. Courtesy of the Leather Archives & Museum.

    Classic Kink (Part II)

    Thu. May 11 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

    This two-part program explores themes of classicism in relation to contemporary LGBTQ communities.

  • Elisabeth Décultot. Photo: Humboldt Foundation/Axel Schneppat

    Lecture: Elisabeth Décultot

    Wed. May 31 5:00 PM

    Literary scholar Elisabeth Décultot on the history notions of classicism and neoclassicism

  • Louis Dupré, Portrait of M. Fauvel, the French Consul, with View of the Acropolis (detail), 1819, Oil on canvas. Smart Museum of Art, The University of Chicago, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Frank H. Woods, 1980.33.

    Gallery Talk: Larry Norman

    Thu. June 1 5:00 PM

    Classicisms co-curator Larry Norman on the interaction between romantic and neo-classical ideas

  • Jean-Baptiste Regnault, Socrates Tearing Away Alcibiades from the Embrace of Sensuality (detail), 1785, Oil on canvas. Smart Museum of Art, The University of Chicago, Purchase, The Paul and Miriam Kirkley Fund for Acquisitions, 2013.31.

    Curator Tour: Classicisms

    Sun. June 11 2:00 PM

    A closing-weekend tour of Classicisms