Conversations with the Collection: Memory

September 12, 2015–January 10, 2016

Jason Salavon, The Class of 1988, 1998, Digital C-print. Smart Museum of Art, The University of Chicago, Gift of Gary and Susan Garrett, 2013.17. Art © Jason Salavon.

As the University of Chicago reflects upon its 125-year history, the Smart presents an experimental installation on the theme of Memory.

As complex and layered as memory itself, these artworks communicate personal histories, transmit or challenge social and cultural narratives, and reveal stories about their material lives. The project mixes works from across cultures and eras, from ancient Chinese oracle bones to Antony Gormley's Infinite Cube (2014). By placing these objects into dialogue, we hope to better understand the ways we reckon with times gone by. 

Additional works of art related to this core installation are placed throughouth the Modern, Asian, and European collection galleries.