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Past Exhibitions

Norman Lewis, Afternoon, 1969, Oil on canvas; 72 x 88 in., Collection of Pamela Joyner, © Estate of Norman Lewis, Courtesy of Michael Rosenfeld Gallery LLC, New York, NY.

Solidary & Solitary: The Joyner/Giuffrida Collection

Presented by The Helis Foundation
January 29–May 19, 2019

This major exhibition offers new perspectives on the significant contribution that African American artists have made on the evolution of visual art in the modern era.

Smart to the Core: Embodying the Self

January 29–May 19, 2019

Presented as primary source material for the Social Sciences course sequence “Self, Culture, and Society,” this exhibition considers how selfhood has been variously constructed and performed by visual artists in the modern era, with particular attention to gender and sexuality, race and ethnicity, and intersectional identities.

The Time Is Now! Art Worlds of Chicago’s South Side, 1960–1980

September 13, 2018–December 30, 2018

During the 1960s and 1970s, Chicago was shaped by art and ideas produced and circulated on the South Side.

Tang Chang, Untitled, c. 1963, Oil on canvas. Courtesy of Thip Sae-tang

Tang Chang: The Painting that is Painted with Poetry is Profoundly Beautiful

May 8–August 5, 2018

Tang Chang's first solo exhibition outside of Thailand traces the development of his singular style of gestural abstraction and his eventual rejection of painting in favor of “poetry-drawings.”

Expanding Narratives: The Figure and the Ground

April 24–December 16, 2018

Expanding Narratives uses the formal relationship between the figure and the ground in art history as a conceptual springboard into discussions around visual representation, the museum space, and the role of the Smart Museum’s collection in fostering the exchange of diverse perspectives.

Félix Buhot, A Landing in England, 1879, Etching, drypoint, aquatint, and stipple engraving, state 4 of 5, proof impression (1 of 20). Smart Museum of Art, The University of Chicago, Purchase, The Paul and Miriam Kirkley Fund for Acquisitions, 2010.115.

Expanding Narratives: Theme and Variations—The Multiple Sorceries of Félix Buhot

April 24 to July 22, 2018

As part of Expanding Narratives, this presentation explores how printmaker Félix Buhot dissolved classic distinctions between figure and ground in ways that challenge the limits of the etching medium.

Into the City: Art in Chicago

April 3–July 22, 2018

Presented in connection with a University of Chicago course, this exhibition samples a selection of themes that have defined artmaking in Chicago.

Art in Seventeenth-Century France

April 3–July 22, 2018

This intimate display serves as primary source material for an Art History course and includes the entirety of Jacques Callot’s portfolio The Large Miseries of War.

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.