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Past Exhibitions : 2017

Wolf Vostell, Fliegende Zementwolke ueber Chicago (Flying Cement Cloud over Chicago), 1970

Vostell Concrete 1969–1973

January 17–June 11, 2017

Exhibition explores the ways in which leading Fluxus artist Wolf Vostell used concrete as an actual material and artistic motif in the late 1960s and early 1970s.


February 16–June 11, 2017

This exhibition traces the shifting parameters of classicism from antiquity to the early 20th century

Together We Can Dream

July 18–August 13, 2017

Organized by teens in our summer museums and public art program, this exhibition invites you into a dream, a stream of consciousness that encapsulates snippets of African American history and art.

Kat Coyle, Come Together Blanket

Jayna Zweiman: Welcome Blanket

July 18, 2017–December 17, 2017

A crowd-sourced activist installation and project by artist, designer, and Pussyhat Project co-founder Jayna Zweiman

Installation view, showing works by Michael Rakowitz, Boris Fedorovich Rybchenkov, and Mark Rothko

Conversation with the Collection: Building/Environments

August 29, 2017–March 11, 2018

This exhibition mixes works from across eras, cultures, and media to question the ways we occupy and perceive the built environment. 

Installation view of Radical [Re]Constructions

Emmanuel Pratt: Radical [Re]Constructions

September 12, 2017–December 30, 2018

Emmanuel Pratt blends art, architecture, and urban agriculture to transform the Smart Museum's threshold.

The Hysterical Material

September 14, 2017–December 17, 2017

This exhibition investigates the emotional possibility of material in works by Auguste Rodin and Bruce Nauman.

Olga Chernysheva, March (2005). Courtesy: Diehl, Berlin; Pace, London; Foxy Production, New York.

Revolution Every Day

September 14, 2017–January 28, 2018

Presented on the centenary of the 1917 Russian Revolution, this exhibition immerses visitors in the distinct textures and speeds of everyday life that arose—and have lingered stubbornly—in the wake of revolutionary upheaval.

Selections from a History of Modernism

December 12, 2017 to March 18, 2018

This exhibition of abstract paintings and works on paper from the 1940s and 1950s serves as a primary source for a University of Chicago Art History course.

Resurgence and Innovation: Artists’ Inspiration in Nineteenth-Century France

December 12, 2017 to March 18, 2018

Organized by several UChicago students, this exhibition explores the eclectic range of sources and precedents that served as inspiration for nineteenth-century artists in France.