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2022 Alum Sticker Commission

by Jad Dahshan, AB 2021, MA 2022

last edited on Thu. September 29 2022

Alum Jad Dahshan shares a fantastical sticker design inspired by their UChicago student experience at the Smart Museum. A limited run of the stickers will be available at the 2022 Student Activities and Resource Fair.

Vanja V. Malloy appointed the Dana Feitler Director of Smart Museum of Art

last edited on Fri. September 2 2022

Vanja V. Malloy, an accomplished museum director, curator, scholar and community builder, has been appointed as the Dana Feitler Director of the Smart Museum of Art. She will lead the University of Chicago’s fine arts museum and its exhibitions, public and arts education programs, and student and faculty collaborations.

Sonny Rollins, Bob Thompson, and Chicago

last edited on Tue. August 16 2022

On April 19, 2022, tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins connected with Lead Museum Educator Nicole Bond for a wide-ranging discussion about his relationship with artist Bob Thompson, how Thompson made everywhere he traveled home, and how Rollins and other jazz legends are depicted in Thompson’s 1960 work, Garden of Music

Closed for Summer Renovations

last edited on Mon. June 27 2022

The Smart Museum of Art will temporarily close for planned renovations to its study room and other facilities work this summer, June 27–September 21, 2022. 

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.