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Past Exhibitions

Peter Flötner, Mars as a Sign of the Zodiac, c. 1540, Cast gilt bronze plaquette. Smart Museum of Art, The University of Chicago, Purchase, The Cochrane-Woods Collection, 1977.115.

Wings, Speed, and Cosmic Dominion in Renaissance Italy

September 3 – December 8, 2013

This intimate exhibition examines the Renaissance fascination with wings as symbols of speed and power.

Zachary Cahill: USSA 2012: Wellness Center: Idyllic—affair of the heart

August 23, 2013 – August 3, 2014

In his site-specific banner commissioned for the Smart Museum’s courtyard, Zachary Cahill questions whether art has the power to make us well.

Childe Hassam, On the Lake Front Promenade, Columbian World Exposition, 1893, Oil on canvas. Smart Museum of Art, The University of Chicago, The Harold H. Swift Bequest, 1962, 1976.146.

The Land Beneath Our Feet: American Art at the Smart Museum

June 27 – August 25, 2013

Tracing a chronological arc of almost a century, this exhibition showcases both familiar and lesser-known works from the Smart Museum’s collection of American art.

Serge Charchoune, Grossissement, 1927, Oil on canvas.

Other Modernisms: Serge Charchoune (1889-1975)

May 7 – August 25, 2013

The achievement of Franco-Russian painter Serge Charchoune (1889–1975) is among the least widely known or understood in twentieth-century European art.

Slogans for Communal Harmony

The Sahmat Collective: Art and Activism in India since 1989

February 14 – June 9, 2013

Since 1989, the influential Delhi-based Sahmat has offered a platform for artists, writers, poets, musicians, actors, and activists to create and present works of art that promote artistic freedom and celebrate secular, egalitarian values.

Gigi Scaria, City Unclaimed, 2013

Gigi Scaria: City Unclaimed

January 19 – December 8, 2013

Indian artist Gigi Scaria’s site-specific installation combines a large photo-based mural of an imaginary cityscape with a working fountain.

Indian, Orissa, Krishna and Brahma, Late 19th/early 20th century

Divine and Princely Realms: Indian Art from the Permanent Collection

December 18, 2012 – April 28, 2013

Traditional art from the Indian sub-continent reveals the region’s layers of history and unique racial, linguistic, and cultural diversity.

Goshka Macuga, Of what is, that it is; of what is not, that it is not, 2, 2012

Goshka Macuga: Of what is, that it is; of what is not, that it is not, 2

December 13, 2012 – January 13, 2013

In collaboration with the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the Smart Museum of Art presents a vast tapestry by London-based Polish artist Goshka Macuga.

Valerie Snobeck, American Standard Movement, 2012, Spray paint on debris netting. Courtesy of the artist, Essex Street, New York, and Galerie Catherine Bastide, Brussels. Commissioned by the Smart Museum of Art.

Valerie Snobeck: American Standard Movement

October 8, 2012 – August 19, 2013

In her new site-specific work commissioned for the Smart’s courtyard, Valerie Snobeck re-uses construction material to open up broad questions about aesthetics, value, and the built environment.

Henri Rivière, Vegetable Garden at Ville-Hue (Saint-Briac), 1890, From the Breton Landscapes, Color woodblock print printed from eight blocks on eighteenth-century Japanese laid paper. Smart Museum of Art, The University of Chicago, Paul and Miriam Kirkl

Awash in Color: French and Japanese Prints

October 4, 2012 – January 20, 2013

Awash in Color explores the roles, functions, and technology of color in French and Japanese prints.