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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.  

Secrets of Storage: Ruth Duckworth

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

last edited on Tue. October 16 2018

During her internship at the Smart Museum, Emelia Lehmann delved into Ruth Duckworth's expansive body of work. 

Secrets of Storage: Alexander Calder’s Tapestries

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

last edited on Thu. September 20 2018

During her internship at the Smart Museum, Emelia Lehmann uncovers the global history of 14 colorful tapestries. 

Secrets of Storage: Louis Sullivan Architectural Fragments

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

last edited on Thu. August 23 2018

During her internship at the Smart Museum, Emelia Lehmann uncovers the history of architectural fragments in the collection from Louis Sullivan's now-demolished Scoville building

Ephemeral Museum

last edited on Mon. March 20 2017

A new pop-up project curated by UChicago students sets the record for briefest exhibition at the Smart: 12 days.