Smart Collecting: Acquisitions 1990–2004

The Smart Museum of Art celebrates its thirtieth anniversary with this lively, richly illustrated catalogue of recent acquisitions.

Published in conjunction with the exhibition Smart Collecting, the full-color volume is an up-to-date and essential reference to the collection of one of the nation's most innovative university art museums. An essay by Dana Feitler Director Kimerly Rorschach charts the growth and strengths of the Smart's collection as they relate to the institution's teaching mission. Smart Collecting also provides detailed documentation of all acquisitions made between 1990 and 2004, and features over fifty objects entries highlighting important additions in areas such as print and photographic art, German expressionism, East Asian art, and contemporary art.

A fascinating work in its own right, the catalogue chronicles the development of a unique collection and shows how a museum itself is always a work in progress.


Kimerly Rorschach with contributions by Richard A. Born, Kris Ercums, Sophie Hackett, Anne Leonard, Diane Miliotes, Stephanie Smith, and Jacqueline Terrassa

Publication date

July 2004


Paper, 228 pages, 128 color plates



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Available for $30 online through the University of Chicago Press or in person at the Smart Museum Shop