Museum as classroom

Fall 2020

How can engaging with an artwork open new ways of thinking?

By making connections between the Smart Museum’s collections and exhibitions, and the arguments, questions, and themes of courses across disciplines, the Museum’s Feitler Center for Academic Inquiry catalyzes and responds to the intellectual life of the University of Chicago. This presentation features clusters of artworks that were selected for individual courses at the University—ranging from “Diasporic Practices in Contemporary Art” to “Ancient Mediterranean Worlds.”

While many classes are currently taught virtually, these displays offer students living locally an opportunity to view artwork in person and provides a glimpse of University teaching for all of our visitors. The artwork in this presentation will rotate as new objects are brought out of storage and added into the curriculum.

Class and research visits

University of Chicago instructors, students, and researchers—please contact the Feitler Center team to learn more about using the galleries as a classroom or research site during fall quarter.

Top: Max Klinger, Narcissus and Echo I (Narcissus und Echo I), 1879, Mixed intaglio. Smart Museum of Art, The University of Chicago, Gift of the William and Flora Richardson Library, 1994.9h.

Above: Timothy H. O'Sullivan, Departure from Camp Mojave, Arizona, September 15, 1871: No. 153. 1st Lieut. Geo. M. Wheeler, Corps of Engineers, Commanding, 1871, Stereocard. Smart Museum of Art, The University of Chicago, Purchase, Gift of the Smart Family Foundation in honor of the 30th Anniversary of the Smart Museum, 2003.147.1d.