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Past Exhibitions


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.

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.

Nick Cave, Soundsuit, 2011

Contemporary Art

Robert and Joan Feitler Gallery

The Smart Museum's contemporary collection reflects the rich diversity of recent art.

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.