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Past Exhibitions

Together We Can Dream

July 18–August 13, 2017

Organized by teens in our summer museums and public art program, this exhibition invites you into a dream, a stream of consciousness that encapsulates snippets of African American history and art.

Classicisms

February 16–June 11, 2017

This exhibition traces the shifting parameters of classicism from antiquity to the early 20th century

Wolf Vostell, Fliegende Zementwolke ueber Chicago (Flying Cement Cloud over Chicago), 1970

Vostell Concrete 1969–1973

January 17–June 11, 2017

Exhibition explores the ways in which leading Fluxus artist Wolf Vostell used concrete as an actual material and artistic motif in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

There was a whole collection made: Photography from Lester and Betty Guttman

September 22–December 30, 2016

Drawing on a recent bequest to the Museum, this exhibition presents several hundred photographic works that span the very earliest days of the medium to the near-present day.

Franz Anton Maulbertsch, The Sausage Woman (Die Wurstelbraterin), c. 1785-1790

Conversations with the Collection: Belonging

August 16, 2016–July 9, 2017

Collection-based project on the theme of belonging mixes works from across cultures and eras.

Odyssey Institute Instructor, Audrey Petty

In Anticipation of Belonging

July 5–August 18, 2016

The Smart joins together with cultural and community partners to think critically and creatively about what it means to belong.

Prints and Privacy

June 28–August 14, 2016

Organized by UChicago students, this exhibition examines the ways in which European printmaking was closely associated with the private sphere.

Modern Art and Design

August 2, 2016–July 9, 2017

The modern gallery features European and American painting, sculpture, and decorative arts dating from the 1880s to the early 1960s.

Asian Art

July 12, 2016–June 25, 2017

The Asian collection encompasses a rich variety of forms, materials, and functions, ranging from millennia-old ritual bronzes to contemporary photography.

European Art

August 16, 2016–June 25, 2017

The Smart Museum’s European collection ranges from antiquity to the nineteenth century, with particular strengths in works on paper as well as Renaissance painting, sculpture, and decorative arts.