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Past Exhibitions : 2020

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.

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

Museum as classroom

Fall 2020

Organized by the Feitler Center for Academic Inquiry, this presentation features clusters of artworks that were selected for individual courses across disciplines at the University of Chicago—ranging from “Diasporic Practices in Contemporary Art” to “Ancient Mediterranean Worlds.”

Claudia Wieser: Generations

Fall 2020 and online

Generations is a seven-year survey of the distinctive, multi-faceted practice of Berlin-based artist Claudia Wieser. 

Unmade bed with rustled sheets and several hairpins resting on it, black and white photo.

Take Care

Fall 2020 and Online

What does it mean to care for something, someone, or ourselves? Drawing generously from the Smart Museum’s collection, Take Care seeks to unpack matters of care from the personal to the collective.