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Past Exhibitions

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.

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.

Seymour Rosofsky, Patient in Dentist's Chair, 1961

Monster Roster: Existentialist Art in Postwar Chicago

February 11–June 12, 2016

This exhibition provides the definitive introduction to Chicago’s first artistic movement, the Monster Roster.

Monster Roster: Antecedents and Influences

February 11–June 12, 2016

This intimate exhibition brings together the kinds of works of art, both ancient and modern, that Monster Roster artists studied and appreciated. 

Expressionist Impulses: German and Central European Art, 1890–1990

October 1, 2015–January 10, 2016

This exhibition charts the ebb and flow of key Expressionist tendencies in German and Central European art.

Walter Peterhans, Dead Hare (Toter Hase), 1929

To See in Black and White: German and Central European Photography, 1920s-1950s

October 1, 2015–January 10, 2016

A selection of German and Central European photography by František Drtikol, Lyonel Feininger, Hannah Höch, Walter Peterhans, and Václav Zykmund, among others. 

Conversations with the Collection: Memory

September 12, 2015–January 10, 2016

Project explores art's relationship to the recollection of personal and cultural histories, nostalgia, and other facets of memory.

Modern Art & Design (2015–2016)

Elisabeth and William M. Landes Gallery

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

Asian Art (2015–2016)

Janis Kanter and Thomas McCormick Gallery

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