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News and stories at the Smart.

Into the Archives

last edited on Tue. July 18 2023

Deep dives into objects with he inaugural cohort of the Feitler Center for Academic Inquiry’s Collections Research Associates program

Art in Bloom: Innovative partnership brings new acquisition on view

last edited on Mon. May 8 2023

An endless run time digital artwork from the interdisciplinary collective teamLab joins the collection of the Smart Museum of Art, thanks to a partnership with the Physical Sciences Division and the Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering at the University of Chicago

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.

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.

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.

Stilled Life: Photographs from Home

by Simone Levine, Curatorial Research Assistant for Global Contemporary Art

last edited on Fri. September 18 2020

While many of us are still new to working from home, artists Laura Letinsky and Michiko Kon have worked from home for decades. Simone Levine digs into the Smart's collection to consider how the things of the home can serve as objects of living as well as subjects for working. 

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.

A Deep Dive into the Archive

by Carolyn Hammond, Digital Collections Intern; UChicago class of 2021

last edited on Wed. September 18 2019

Carolyn Hammond shares her experience managing an ambitious digitization project to bring the Smart Museum’s archive of exhibition materials to life.

Secrets of Storage: Classical Artifacts

by Emelia Lehmann, Inventory, & Research Intern; History AB 2018

last edited on Mon. November 5 2018

During her internship at the Smart Museum, Emelia Lehmann "digs" into the history of the Classical collection at the University of Chicago.