Exhibitions: Current

Imaging/Imagining: The Body as Art

Imaging/Imagining: The Body as Art

March 25 – June 22, 2014

For centuries, depicting the body has been essential to practitioners of art as well as medicine. Drawing the human form is a fundamental component of art pedagogy, while medical doctors have long relied on anatomical illustrations to understand what goes on inside the body. Yet the advent of advanced... more »

Performing Images: Opera in Chinese Visual Culture

Performing Images: Opera in Chinese Visual Culture

February 13 – June 15, 2014

During the Ming (1368–1644) and Qing (1644–1911) dynasties, opera lay at the heart of Chinese social and ritual life, from the village to the court, and the spectacle of theater was enjoyed not only on the stage—in costumes, props, and face painting—but also across the full spectrum of Chinese... more »

Inspired by the Opera: Contemporary Chinese Photography and Video

Inspired by the Opera: Contemporary Chinese Photography and Video

February 13–June 15, 2014

Since the mid 1990s, a number of Chinese artists have incorporated the visual vocabulary of Chinese opera into new art forms. This concise exhibition reveals the continued relevance of opera, both within contemporary Chinese society and within the experimental work of individual artists.... more »

Judy Ledgerwood: Chromatic Patterns for the Smart Museum

Judy Ledgerwood: Chromatic Patterns for the Smart Museum

December 26, 2013 - spring 2015

Chicago-based artist Judy Ledgerwood’s immense, site-specific wall painting for the Smart Museum is part of an ongoing series inspired by the energetic, asymmetrical rhythms of composer Morton Feldman’s Patterns in a Chromatic Field (1981).... more »

Zachary Cahill: USSA 2012: Wellness Center: Idyllic—affair of the heart

Zachary Cahill: USSA 2012: Wellness Center: Idyllic—affair of the heart

August 23, 2013 – August 3, 2014

In his site-specific banner commissioned for the Smart Museum’s courtyard, Zachary Cahill questions whether art has the power to make us well. Drawing from multiple historical sources, Cahill (University of Chicago MFA 2007) considers the parallel traditions of the artistic retreat and the health spa or sanatorium—places often situated... more »

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