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Past Exhibitions : 2016

Jessica Stockholder, Rose's Inclination, 2015

Jessica Stockholder: Rose’s Inclination

September 12, 2015 – August 13, 2017

In a site-specific installation, Jessica Stockholder intersects the Smart’s threshold with a wave of color and texture.

Monster Roster: Antecedents and Influences

February 11–June 12, 2016

This intimate exhibition brings together the kinds of works of art, both ancient and modern, that Monster Roster artists studied and appreciated. 

Seymour Rosofsky, Patient in Dentist's Chair, 1961

Monster Roster: Existentialist Art in Postwar Chicago

February 11–June 12, 2016

This exhibition provides the definitive introduction to Chicago’s first artistic movement, the Monster Roster.

Nick Cave, Soundsuit, 2011

Contemporary Art

July 28, 2016–June 11, 2017

The Smart Museum's contemporary collection reflects the rich diversity of recent art.

European Art

August 16, 2016–June 25, 2017

The Smart Museum’s European collection ranges from antiquity to the nineteenth century, with particular strengths in works on paper as well as Renaissance painting, sculpture, and decorative arts.

Asian Art

July 12, 2016–June 25, 2017

The Asian collection encompasses a rich variety of forms, materials, and functions, ranging from millennia-old ritual bronzes to contemporary photography.

Modern Art and Design

August 2, 2016–July 9, 2017

The modern gallery features European and American painting, sculpture, and decorative arts dating from the 1880s to the early 1960s.

Prints and Privacy

June 28–August 14, 2016

Organized by UChicago students, this exhibition examines the ways in which European printmaking was closely associated with the private sphere.

Odyssey Institute Instructor, Audrey Petty

In Anticipation of Belonging

July 5–August 18, 2016

The Smart joins together with cultural and community partners to think critically and creatively about what it means to belong.

Franz Anton Maulbertsch, The Sausage Woman (Die Wurstelbraterin), c. 1785-1790

Conversations with the Collection: Belonging

August 16, 2016–July 9, 2017

Collection-based project on the theme of belonging mixes works from across cultures and eras.