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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.

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.

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. 

Twenty-eight MacArthur Fellows selected for Toward Common Cause

last edited on Tue. November 10 2020

Twenty-eight MacArthur Fellows have been selected to participate in Toward Common Cause: Art, Social Change, and the MacArthur Fellows Program at 40, an expansive multi-venue exhibition organized by the Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago.

Smart Museum Interim Leadership

last edited on Tue. September 8 2020

Beginning October 17, 2020, Amina Dickerson and Bill Michel will serve as Co-Interim Directors of the Smart Museum of Art.

Back for a limited engagement: The Allure of Matter

last edited on Tue. July 21 2020

We look forward to welcoming you back to the Smart Museum of Art this summer for a reconfigured presentation of The Allure of Matter: Material Art from China, July 24–August 9, 2020.

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.

Leadership transition

last edited on Tue. September 24 2019

Alison Gass has announced that she will step down from her position as Dana Feitler Director of the Smart Museum of Art, effective September 23, 2019.