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Serial Drawings: Robert Barnes, Barbara Rossi, Robert Lucy

Serial Drawings: Robert Barnes, Barbara Rossi, Robert Lucy

July 1–August 31, 2014

This collection-based exhibition considers three sets of drawings by three generations of artists associated with Chicago. Robert Barnes, Barbara Rossi, and Robert Lucy all work in a figurative mode, though each assumes a different and highly personal approach to the human form. They all have explored drawing’s expressive or... 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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