Smart Collecting: A Thirtieth Anniversary Celebration
July 8 – September 5, 2004
Walt Kuhn, The City, 1919, Oil on canvas. Smart Museum of Art, The University of Chicago, Purchase, Paul and Miriam Kirkley Fund for Acquisitions, 2001.125.
For thirty years the Smart Museum has been a focal point for the visual arts at the University of Chicago and in the city.
Part of a year-long series of projects that celebrate the Museum's anniversary, this exhibition highlighted outstanding additions to the Smart's collection. Provocative groupings displayed throughout the permanent collection and special exhibition galleries included, among many others, modern American and European artworks by Arthur Dove, Romare Bearden, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, and Josef Sudek; contemporary works by Kerry James Marshall, Bob Thompson, H. C. Westermann, and Sylvia Sleigh; and Asian works ranging from Korean ceramics and Japanese calligraphy to recent works by Toshio Shibata, Hiroshi Sugimoto, and Ravinder Reddy.