Updates on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Physically closed, virtually open »

Free and open to the public

Temporarily closed

 
Skip navigation

Blog

News and stories at the Smart.

Our responsibility

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.

Covid-19 Updates

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.

Chicago Fundred Initiative: A Bill for IL

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

About The City

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. 

Inside “Down Time”

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.

An interview with Naima Green

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.

An Interview with Patric McCoy

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.

Gabrielle Sanson on Tensions Unfold

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.

My Down Time…

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? 

Finding Down Time

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.