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Past Exhibitions : 2006

Timothy H. O'Sullivan, Shoshone Falls, Snake River, Idaho, View across Top of the Falls, 1874, Albumen print. Smart Museum of Art, The University of Chicago, Purchase, Gift of the Smart Family Foundation in honor of the 30th Anniversary of the Smart Museu

One/Many: Western American Survey Photographs by Bell and O’Sullivan

February 2 – May 7, 2006

William Bell and Timothy H. O'Sullivan, two photographers who joined survey expeditions in the 1860s and 1870s, helped open the eyes of nineteenth-century Americans to the western frontier. 

Euphronios, Red-Figure Neck Pelike Fragment: Ephebe (Youth), c. 510 B.C.E., Earthenware with slip-painted decoration. Smart Museum of Art, The University of Chicago, The F.B. Tarbell Collection, 1967.115.287.

GRAPHIKÉ: Writing/Drawing in the Ancient World

March 18 – June 11, 2006

This exhibition examines the relationship between word and image in more than a dozen Greco-Roman objects from the Smart Museum and comparative Egyptian objects from the University of Chicago's Oriental Institute Museum.

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Revisions: Modernist Sculptures by Rodin, Lipchitz, and Moore

May 9 – November 5, 2006

Auguste Rodin, Jacques Lipchitz and Henry Moore each championed sculptural innovations in European modernism and challenged notions of representation that had informed Western art since the Renaissance. 

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The Colors of Identity: Polish Art at Home and Abroad, 1890-1939

May 25 – September 17, 2006

This exhibition traced the complex expression of national identity and international perspective that define Polish modern art.

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Mark Turbyfill: Works on Paper

June 17 – September 10, 2006

Although remembered today mainly for his contributions to the worlds of avant-garde poetry and dance, Mark Turbyfill was also an accomplished visual artist. 

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Adrian Piper: The Mythic Being

September 16 – December 10, 2006

In 1973, Adrian Piper created an alter-ego, the Mythic Being, who became the basis of a pioneering series of performances and photo-based works. 

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Drawing as Process in Contemporary Art

October 5 2006 – January 14, 2007

This exhibition offered a behind-the-scenes look at the working process of some of today’s leading artists: Mark Dion, Julia Fish, Carol Jackson, Kerry James Marshall, Richard Rezac, Erwin Wurm, and Zhang Huan.

(Sir Francis) Seymour Haden, Hands Etching—O Laborum, 1865, Etching and drypoint on laid paper. Smart Museum of Art, The University of Chicago, University Transfer from Max Epstein Archive, Carrie B. Neely Bequest, 1940, 1967.116.16.

The Image as Homage: Portrait of the Artist

November 21, 2006 – April 8, 2007

Highlighting European and American works on paper and two sculptures from the Smart Museum's collection, this exhibition considered the challenges that arise when one artist tries to commemorate another, and the many forms such portraits take.

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Robert Heinecken: Magazines

December 16, 2006 – March 11, 2007

This exhibition gathered a rich selection of magazine-based works by Robert Heinecken, including works from the Smart Museum's collection and the artist's archive.