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Past Exhibitions

The Allure of Matter: Material Art from China

Reconfigured presentation: July 24–August 9, 2020

From gunpowder to crystal, and silk to cigarettes, contemporary artists working in China have experimented with various materials, transforming seemingly everyday objects into large-scale artworks

John Preus: Adaptation

January 6–June 14, 2020

A site-specific installation at Harris Public Policy provides a platform for conversations about public education and the future of the public realm in general.

Down Time: On the Art of Retreat

October 25–December 15, 2019

Where can we turn when we need space and time away? Organized by UChicago students, this exhibition presents a range of public, private, and imagined settings—from lush gardens in France, to shadowy hallways, to kaleidoscopic landscapes—that point to realms of retreat. 

Meleko Mokgosi: Bread, Butter, and Power, 2018, Installation view, Fowler Museum at UCLA. Courtesy the artist and Honor Fraser, Los Angeles. Photo © Monica Nouwens.

Meleko Mokgosi: Bread, Butter, and Power

October 19 – December 15, 2019

Meleko Mokgosi’s twenty-panel painting installation explores the theme of feminism in the context of southern Africa. 

The Chicago Sound Show

September 27–December 29, 2019

This outdoor sound art exhibition presents site-specific works by nine Chicago artists that explore thresholds, passageways, and common spaces across the University of Chicago’s campus.

Samson Young: Silver Moon or Golden Star, Which Will You Buy Of Me?

September 18–December 15, 2019

In his first U.S. museum exhibition, Samson Young premieres a trilogy of animated music videos that explores varying concepts of social progress and utopia.

Cross Currents / Intercambio Cultural

July 11–August 18, 2019

This exhibition explores how issues of Latin American and Latino/a identity and place are manifest in the practices of artists working in Chicago and Havana.

Tara Donovan: Fieldwork

June 14–September 22, 2019

American artist Tara Donovan transforms mundane materials like plastic straws, index cards, rubber bands, Slinkys, and sheets of mylar into elaborate, mind-bending objects.

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.