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Past Exhibitions : 2018

Josef Albers, Homage to the Square: Greene Myth, 1954

The History of Perception

January 9 to April 22, 2018

This exhibition explores questions of perception and bodily sensation in connection to a course offered through the University of Chicago.

Art in Seventeenth-Century France

April 3–July 22, 2018

This intimate display serves as primary source material for an Art History course and includes the entirety of Jacques Callot’s portfolio The Large Miseries of War.

Into the City: Art in Chicago

April 3–July 22, 2018

Presented in connection with a University of Chicago course, this exhibition samples a selection of themes that have defined artmaking in Chicago.

Félix Buhot, A Landing in England, 1879, Etching, drypoint, aquatint, and stipple engraving, state 4 of 5, proof impression (1 of 20). Smart Museum of Art, The University of Chicago, Purchase, The Paul and Miriam Kirkley Fund for Acquisitions, 2010.115.

Expanding Narratives: Theme and Variations—The Multiple Sorceries of Félix Buhot

April 24 to July 22, 2018

As part of Expanding Narratives, this presentation explores how printmaker Félix Buhot dissolved classic distinctions between figure and ground in ways that challenge the limits of the etching medium.

Expanding Narratives: The Figure and the Ground

April 24–December 16, 2018

Expanding Narratives uses the formal relationship between the figure and the ground in art history as a conceptual springboard into discussions around visual representation, the museum space, and the role of the Smart Museum’s collection in fostering the exchange of diverse perspectives.

Tang Chang, Untitled, c. 1963, Oil on canvas. Courtesy of Thip Sae-tang

Tang Chang: The Painting that is Painted with Poetry is Profoundly Beautiful

May 8–August 5, 2018

Tang Chang's first solo exhibition outside of Thailand traces the development of his singular style of gestural abstraction and his eventual rejection of painting in favor of “poetry-drawings.”

The Time Is Now! Art Worlds of Chicago’s South Side, 1960–1980

September 13, 2018–December 30, 2018

During the 1960s and 1970s, Chicago was shaped by art and ideas produced and circulated on the South Side.