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Smart Museum establishes Feitler Center for Academic Inquiry

last edited on Tue. February 13 2018

Smart Museum of Art announces the launch of the Feitler Center for Academic Inquiry, a new center focused on integrating object-driven inquiry into the intellectual fabric of the University of Chicago. 

Lobby and cafe temporarily closed

last edited on Tue. August 15 2017

The Smart Museum’s lobby and Miriam’s Café will temporarily close for renovations between August 21 and September 11. 

Smart and DuSable museums receive $250,000 grant from Terra Foundation

last edited on Thu. June 29 2017

The Smart Museum of Art and DuSable Museum of African American History have been jointly awarded a $250,000 grant from the Terra Foundation for American Art in support of the special exhibition South Side Stories.

Orianna Cacchione named first Curator of Global Contemporary Art

last edited on Mon. June 26 2017

Orianna Cacchione has been appointed to the newly created position of Curator of Global Contemporary Art at the Smart Museum of Art. 

A Monster Award

last edited on Thu. May 11 2017

Monster Roster catalogue receives Association of Art Museum Curators 2017 Award for Excellence.

Provenance Research

last edited on Tue. January 31 2017

A report on a yearlong research project into the ownership history of approximately 150 objects in the Smart Museum's collection

Alison Gass appointed Dana Feitler Director

last edited on Mon. January 9 2017

Alison Gass, a leading curator of contemporary art and a senior leader at university museums, has been appointed the director of the University of Chicago’s Smart Museum of Art

Smart Radio 87.3 FM

last edited on Fri. July 15 2016

An interview with Jim Duignan of the Stockyard Institute on transforming the Smart Musuem into a radio station.

Fill the Walls: Interpreting Belonging

last edited on Mon. July 11 2016

Take a look at the first week of our summer program, In Anticipation of Belonging. Get a recap of of our initial partner summit and learn about how you can participate in the Smart Radio Station.

An Introduction to ‘In Anticipation of Belonging’

last edited on Thu. June 30 2016

Take a look inside our summer project In Anticipation of Belonging, for which we are partnering with cultural and community collaborators from across Chicago to transform our galleries into a space where we can think critically and creatively together about what it means to 'belong'.