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Blog : Voices

News and stories at the Smart.

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.

An interview with Naima Green

by Molly Sun, BS and AB ’20

last edited on Mon. December 9 2019

Naima Green discusses work, leisure, and her photographic portrait series Jewels from the Hinterland in the context of the exhibition Down Time: On the Art of Retreat.

An Interview with Patric McCoy

by Daisy Coates, AB ’22

last edited on Thu. December 5 2019

Patric McCoy discusses his series of black-and-white photographs of the Rialto Tap with the student organizers of Down Time: On the Art of Retreat.

Gabrielle Sanson on Tensions Unfold

by Jad Dahshan, AB ‘21

last edited on Mon. November 11 2019

Jad Dahshan (A.B. ‘21) interviews the artist Gabrielle Sanson (MFA ‘20) on Tensions Unfold, a coloring poster the artist designed for the exhibition Down Time: On The Art of Retreat.

My Down Time…

last edited on Mon. October 28 2019

Students and others and the Smart reflect on what it looks like when we take time and space away from our everyday lives and from the moments that test us the most. What does our “down time” consist of? 

Finding Down Time

by Leslie Wilson, Smart Museum Curatorial Fellow for Diversity in the Arts

last edited on Thu. October 17 2019

Leslie Wilson reflects on teaching the UChicago art history course 'Exhibition in Practice' and the theme of retreat that is at the heart of the exhibition Down Time. 

Exhibition in Practice

by Gabrielle Luu, AB’19, AM’19

last edited on Thu. October 10 2019

Learn about the student-designed origins of the exhibition Down Time: On the Art of Retreat in this post written by Gabrielle Luu. 

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.

Reflections on ‘Self’

by Martina Lentino, Smart Research Associate; Art History and Latin American Studies, AB 2019

last edited on Tue. July 9 2019

Smart Research Associate Martina Lentino revisits Embodying the Self and her experiences with UChicago’s Core curriculum.