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Smart Museum Director Search Update

last edited on Thu. May 5 2022

The University of Chicago has established an advisory committee and engaged a firm to assist in the search for the next Dana Feitler Director of the Smart Museum of Art.

Free Life for Bob Thompson

by Arnold J. Kemp

last edited on Mon. February 7 2022

An aural exploration of swinging bebop, hard bop, Beat poetry, free jazz, and deep cuts that blur the boundaries between such creative forms, curated by Arnold J. Kemp for Bob Thompson: This House Is Mine.

Stephanie Smith to serve as Interim Director

last edited on Fri. September 10 2021

Stephanie Smith assumes role of Interim Director of the Smart Museum of Art, bringing 25 years of experience as an arts leader, curator, and writer.

In the Moment

last edited on Fri. May 28 2021

Undergraduate Research Associate Daisey Coates takes a closer look at the photography by Malick Sidibé  in the Smart Museum’s collection.

Interview with Unyimeabasi Udoh

last edited on Fri. May 21 2021

Unyimeabasi Udoh, a Chicago-based artist and graphic designer, and curator Leslie M. Wilson discuss Unyimeabasi's art practice and approach to creating the look of the exhibition not all realisms: photography in africa in the long 1960s.

From Ernest Cole’s House of Bondage

last edited on Fri. May 14 2021

Undergraduate Research Associate Serin Lee takes a closer look at the photography by Ernest Cole in the Smart Museum’s collection.

Connecting, collecting, and the Smart

last edited on Sun. April 18 2021

For retired pediatrician Janis Mendelsohn, M.D., the Smart feels like home.

Winter and spring 2021 schedule

last edited on Mon. February 1 2021

The Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago is scheduled to open to the public on April 8, 2021, offering timed reservations to visit the special exhibition Lust, Love, and Loss in Renaissance Europe.

Gómez-Peña’s Mex Files: Audio Art & Strange Poetry from the US/Mexico Border

last edited on Mon. January 11 2021

Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, Public Media Institute, and the University of Chicago’s Smart Museum of Art present a year-long series of experimental audio performances from Guillermo Gómez-Peña, a performance artist, writer, activist, and MacArthur Fellow, class of 1991. 

The Precariousness of Care

by Cynthia G. Lindner, Director of Ministry Studies and Clinical Faculty for Preaching and Pastoral Care at the University of Chicago Divinity School

last edited on Wed. November 11 2020

Attending to each other and our communities is costly, messy, exhausting—and vital. Cynthia G. Lindner, Director of Ministry Studies and Clinical Faculty for Preaching and Pastoral Care, writes in Sightings on the precariousness of care and her selection for the Collective Care section of Take Care.