September 27, 2014–June 21, 2015


GalleryX is a flexible, open space at the center of the Museum that will serve as a hub for creative discussions and experiences of all sorts during the Smart's 40th anniversary exhibitions Carved, Cast, Crumpled (September 27–December 21, 2014) and Objects and Voices (February 12–June 21, 2015).

It will be home to informal displays of art, public discussions, programs, experiments, and a new project by Interpreters in Residence 500 Clown. It also will provide a space for groups to convene, talk, share ideas, dream, and scheme.

Through these activities, the Smart will encourage visitors to explore the Museum and its collection in new ways. The lessons we learn from the GalleryX initiative will inform our future approaches to interpretation and visitor engagement, and will help us to redefine the Smart’s role as a teaching museum in the twenty-first century.

GalleryX is designed by the Chicago-based Range Design.

An invitation

The Smart invites you to fill GalleryX with your own meetings, classes, get-togethers, rehearsals, and ideas. 

The gallery is designed to be a free resource for groups and individuals to make use of during the Smart’s public hours. We welcome book clubs, student organizations, music groups, professors, co-workers, school teachers, artist groups, theatre troupes, and community partners—anyone and everyone—to use GalleryX as a forum to meet, create, and collaborate.

Interested in using works in our collection during your program, project, get-together? Drop us a line and let us know what you’re up to. We’d be happy to help you find art that matches your interests. 



*Contact us to learn more about after-hour event rental options.

Office hours

Come muse with us! Between noon and 1:30 pm, the Smart offers daily drop-in experiences—part discussion, part tour, and partly undetermined—that invite new perspectives on art and ideas.

Organized by Museum staff, educators, and special guest artists in collaboration with you, our visitors, these informal experiences begin in GalleryX and explore select artworks from the collection. The facilitated experiences range from close looking at a single work of art and playing The Art of Experience: The Smart Museum to unconventional musical interventions and more. 

Office hours are held daily (Tuesday–Sunday) between noon and 1:30 pm in GalleryX. Please call 773.702.0200 for more information.