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Exhibitions

This winter, the Smart presents a series of exhibitions that showcase the ways in which the Museum engages with and shares the intellectual life of the University with the broader public. 

Josef Albers, Homage to the Square: Greene Myth, 1954

The History of Perception

January 9 to April 22, 2018

This exhibition explores questions of perception and bodily sensation in connection to a course offered through the University of Chicago.

Resurgence and Innovation: Artists’ Inspiration in Nineteenth-Century France

December 12, 2017 to March 18, 2018

Organized by several UChicago students, this exhibition explores the eclectic range of sources and precedents that served as inspiration for nineteenth-century artists in France. 

Selections from a History of Modernism

December 12, 2017 to March 18, 2018

This exhibition of abstract paintings and works on paper from the 1940s and 1950s serves as a primary source for a University of Chicago Art History course.

Installation view of Radical [Re]Constructions

Emmanuel Pratt: Radical [Re]Constructions

September 12, 2017 through Summer 2018

Emmanuel Pratt blends art, architecture, and urban agriculture to transform the Smart Museum's threshold.

Installation view, showing works by Theaster Gates and Justus Juncker

Conversation with the Collection: Building/Environments

August 29, 2017–March 11, 2018

This exhibition mixes works from across eras, cultures, and media to question the ways we occupy and perceive the built environment. 

Sculpture Garden

Vera and A. D. Elden Sculpture Garden

The outdoor sculpture garden features work by Scott Burton, Jene Highstein, Richard Hunt, and Arnaldo Pomodoro.