last edited on Fri. June 5 2020
The South Side of Chicago has been and continues to be defined by the visionary work of Black artists, educators, scholars, activists, and others; a powerful legacy of celebrating Black identity and actively working against those who seek to extinguish it.
last edited on Fri. May 29 2020
The Smart Museum of Art is temporarily closed and on-site programs remain suspended until further notice. Read more for an update on how our staff has begun planning for the safe resumption of public activities at the museum.
last edited on Fri. May 22 2020
Using creativity to fight lead poisoning as part of Toward Common Cause: Art, Social Change, and the MacArthur Fellows Program at 40
by Kathy Fitzgerald, Lead Museum Educator
last edited on Tue. May 12 2020
Lead Museum Educator Kathy Fitzgerald reflects on Walt Kuhn's painting The City, and the city outside.
by Leslie M. Wilson, Curatorial Fellow for Diversity in the Arts, Smart Museum of Art
last edited on Thu. April 23 2020
In a world transformed—if only temporarily—by coronavirus, what on earth is “down time”? Curator Leslie Wilson reflects on matters of observation, attention, longing, and love in two works from the Smart’s permanent collection.
by Molly Sun, BS and AB ’20
last edited on Mon. December 9 2019
Naima Green discusses work, leisure, and her photographic portrait series Jewels from the Hinterland in the context of the exhibition Down Time: On the Art of Retreat.
by Daisy Coates, AB ’22
last edited on Thu. December 5 2019
Patric McCoy discusses his series of black-and-white photographs of the Rialto Tap with the student organizers of Down Time: On the Art of Retreat.
by Jad Dahshan, AB ‘21
last edited on Mon. November 11 2019
Jad Dahshan (A.B. ‘21) interviews the artist Gabrielle Sanson (MFA ‘20) on Tensions Unfold, a coloring poster the artist designed for the exhibition Down Time: On The Art of Retreat.
last edited on Mon. October 28 2019
Students and others and the Smart reflect on what it looks like when we take time and space away from our everyday lives and from the moments that test us the most. What does our “down time” consist of?
by Leslie Wilson, Smart Museum Curatorial Fellow for Diversity in the Arts
last edited on Thu. October 17 2019
Leslie Wilson reflects on teaching the UChicago art history course 'Exhibition in Practice' and the theme of retreat that is at the heart of the exhibition Down Time.