Smart Museum of Art

Smart Museum of Art The art museum of the University of Chicago. Always free. The Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago is a site for rigorous inquiry and exchange that encourages the examination of complex issues through the lens of art objects and artistic practice.

Through strong community and scholarly partnerships, the Museum incorporates diverse ideas, identities, and experiences into its exhibitions and collections, academic initiatives, and public programming. The Smart first opened in 1974. Admission is always free. Mission
The Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago opens the world through art and ideas.

Operating as usual

09/13/2021
Irene Hsiao: Vessel

In "Lust, Love, and Loss," flesh becomes object, and object softens into flesh. The skin becomes a veil, a billowing cloth a sail, the body a bowl—or an ornament—or a frame. Material and matter, animate and inanimate, dead and alive are the same: the line of an etching, a brushstroke, a bronze, a breath, a word, clay. A ship, a channel, a chamber, a chalice, a creature, a carafe, a woman, a cloud, a sound: "Vessel."

Learn more: https://smartmuseum.uchicago.edu/public-practice/public-practice-projects/irene-hsiao-artist-in-residence/vessel/

Irene Hsiao is 2020–2021 Smart Museum Artist in Residence. Irene Hsiao and this project are supported by the 2020 Chicago Dancemakers Forum Lab Artist program. This project is inspired by the 2021 Smart Museum exhibition "Lust, Love, and Loss in Renaissance Europe."

Movement: Irene Hsiao
Music: Bravais Lattice (Raul Barragàn and Claire Zurkowski)
Costume: Vin Reed

Links Hall video made possible by the Walder Foundation’s Chicago Takes 10 series and Pivot Arts

Lighting and Technical Direction: Giau Minh Truong
Videography: Paul Scudder
Sound Engineering: Che Arthur

Smart Museum of Art video recorded by Irene Hsiao

Concept and editing by Irene Hsiao.

Join us in welcoming Stephanie Smith back to the Smart! On Monday, Stephanie assumes the role of Interim Director, bring...
09/10/2021
Stephanie Smith to serve as Interim Director | Smart Museum of Art

Join us in welcoming Stephanie Smith back to the Smart! On Monday, Stephanie assumes the role of Interim Director, bringing more than 25 years of experience as an arts leader, curator, and writer.

Stephanie is especially familiar with the Smart Museum and UChicago, having served in various positions here from 1999–2014, culminating in her role as the Smart Museum’s Deputy Director and Chief Curator from 2010 to 2014 where she led artistic, intellectual, and educational programs. More recently, Stephanie served as the inaugural Chief Curator for the newly created Institute for Contemporary Art at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. There she was part of the team that shaped the vision, launched the institution in 2018, and led it through its first years. Prior to that, she held the role of Chief Curator at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto.

Welcome back Stephanie!

https://smartmuseum.uchicago.edu/blog/stephanie-smith-to-serve-as-interim-director/

Stephanie Smith assumes role of Interim Director of the Smart Museum of Art, bringing 25 years of experience as an arts leader, curator, and writer.

In 1997, Kara Walker created a black cut out installation for the Renaissance Society. Now, the work makes a historic re...
08/10/2021

In 1997, Kara Walker created a black cut out installation for the Renaissance Society. Now, the work makes a historic return to Chicago's South Side in an immersive presentation in the Roundhouse at the DuSable Museum of African American History, offered as part of our multi-site exhibition Toward Common Cause.

Learn more about both installations, read Hamza Walker's iconic essay, and explore archival photos: https://towardcommoncause.org/news/from-the-archive-hamza-walker-on-kara-walker/

“A person, a child, their mind, their health, matters. We found lead undoing these basic human rights thirteen years ago...
07/29/2021
Safehouse Temple Door | Mel Chin | Toward Common Cause

“A person, a child, their mind, their health, matters. We found lead undoing these basic human rights thirteen years ago in New Orleans and we find its harm here again in Chicago.”

Artist and MacArthur Fellow Mel Chin on the origin and importance of "Safehouse Temple Door," a new work of public art commissioned for Toward Common Cause in a collaboration between the Smart Museum of Art, Sweet Water Foundation, and S.O.U.R.C.E. Studio with fabrication support from UNC Asheville’s STEAM Studio.

A functioning 10-foot steel bank vault door installed at the Civic Arts Church in Chicago serves as an activation point for a future free of lead poisoning.

"Though social practice is all over the art world these days, it’s rarely seen at this scale." The New York Times docume...
07/13/2021
Genius at Work: 29 MacArthur Fellows Show Their Art in Chicago

"Though social practice is all over the art world these days, it’s rarely seen at this scale." The New York Times documents the preparations for our biennial-style exhibition Toward Common Cause, marking the 40th anniversary of the MacArthur Fellows Program and presented across Chicago in collaboration with dozens of artists and partners.

A mega-show of MacArthur fellow artists — Kara Walker, Kerry James Marshall, David Hammons and Nicole Eisenman among them — has community on its mind.

Opening this week across Chicago, Toward Common Cause marks the 40th anniversary of the MacArthur Fellows Program with e...
07/12/2021

Opening this week across Chicago, Toward Common Cause marks the 40th anniversary of the MacArthur Fellows Program with exhibitions and public art initiatives organized by UChicago's Smart Museum of Art in collaboration with the DuSable Museum of African American History, Hyde Park Art Center, National Public Housing Museum, Logan Center for the Arts, SAIC Galleries, South Side Community Art Center, Stony Island Arts Bank, and Sweet Water Foundation.

Learn more about what's on and opening soon: https://towardcommoncause.org/

06/05/2021
Family Day: Birth-Tray Party

Come together as a family to create a special “Birth-Tray,” plate, or bowl based on an Italian Renaissance tradition! Tell your kiddos a tale of their birth-day, and with a little color, turn it into a keepsake and family heirloom. We’ll show you how to make a plaster platter from scratch and then paint it like a fresco, but you can also do this with thrift-store white plates or large platters from any home goods store.

Materials
-- Plaster (or a white platter, plate, tray, or bowl)
-- Paint (any kind)
-- Bucket
-- Water
-- Brushes

Artist and museum educator Erik L. Peterson brings the fun and innovative hands-on artmaking of the Smart Museum’s monthly family days into your home in a series of instructional videos. The projects are inspired by the art and artists in the permanent collections of the Smart Museum of Art and, where possible, make use of materials and tools that you might already have around home or in your recycling bin.

"Timed to the 40th anniversary of the MacArthur Foundation’s Fellows Program — popularly known as the 'genius' grants — ...
06/04/2021
Ten Great Things to Do in June

"Timed to the 40th anniversary of the MacArthur Foundation’s Fellows Program — popularly known as the 'genius' grants — this sweeping, multi-site exhibition organized by the University of Chicago’s Smart Museum of Art will display works by 29 grantee artists at venues across the city."

Catch work by MacArthur Fellows across Chicago this summer as part of our exhibition Toward Common Cause. Projects featuring Dawoud Bey, Jeffrey Gibson, An-My Lê, and Shahzia Sikander are now on view, with much more to come!

It’s the return of summer! And this one has plenty of art, from an outdoor sculpture exhibition to the Obama portraits at the Art Institute.

With "Lust, Love, and Loss in Renaissance Europe," exhibition curator Nora S. Lambert set out to reframe whose stories m...
06/02/2021
A World Indoors: Lust, Love, and Loss at the Smart Museum — In Practice: The Official University of Chicago Arts Blog

With "Lust, Love, and Loss in Renaissance Europe," exhibition curator Nora S. Lambert set out to reframe whose stories matter to art historical conversations.

"A World Indoors," new on the UChicago Arts blog: https://www.uchicagoartsblog.art/archive/2021/5/18/a-world-indoors-lust-love-and-loss-at-the-smart-museum

The first show at the Smart Museum dedicated to the art of the early modern period in over a decade, Lust, Love, and Loss in Renaissance Europe examines the role and implications of domestic art created between 1400 and 1700.

“I really believe in the importance of bringing scholarly humanities research to the general public in an engaging and r...
06/01/2021
Undergraduate helps bring humanities research to the public eye

“I really believe in the importance of bringing scholarly humanities research to the general public in an engaging and relevant way.”

UChicago College profiles undergraduate research associate Stephanie Reitzig and her contributions to the Feitler Center for Academic Inquiry's exhibition “Lust, Love, and Loss in Renaissance Europe.”

Third-year Stephanie Reitzig assists with research for an exhibit at the Smart Museum of Art

05/20/2021
"[Ernest] Cole and his photographic eye buck the photojournalistic tradition of shipping photographers off to train thei...
05/19/2021
From Ernest Cole’s House of Bo***ge | Smart Museum of Art

"[Ernest] Cole and his photographic eye buck the photojournalistic tradition of shipping photographers off to train their viewfinders on sites that were not theirs. Approaching the photographed riders with his own years-long memory of their shared 'event,' Cole suggests that the eye that has lived the images behind the camera is the one best equipped to create breathing room in their suppressed and perpetuated realities."

New on our blog, Serin Lee, an Undergraduate Research Associate for Photography, takes a closer look at works from Ernest Cole's "House of Bo***ge" in the Smart Museum's collection.

Undergraduate Research Associate Serin Lee takes a closer look at the photography in and of Africa in the Smart Museum’s collection

05/15/2021
Family Day: Wallpaper Workshop

Create incredible custom wallpaper for your room using collage and drawing techniques inspired by Berlin-based artist Claudia Wieser. This removable wallpaper is a perfect way to get creative with your personal space—make one panel or wallpaper your whole room, its up to you!

Materials
-- Contact paper (removable)
-- Permanent markers
-- Scissors
-- Newspaper or printouts
-- Glue
-- Ruler

Artist and museum educator Erik L. Peterson brings the fun and innovative hands-on artmaking of the Smart Museum’s monthly family days into your home in a series of instructional videos. The projects are inspired by the art and artists in the permanent collections of the Smart Museum of Art and, where possible, make use of materials and tools that you might already have around home or in your recycling bin.

We're thrilled to present Toward Common Cause in collaboration with partners across Chicago, beginning with a wave of pr...
05/11/2021

We're thrilled to present Toward Common Cause in collaboration with partners across Chicago, beginning with a wave of projects this spring that feature MacArthur Fellows Dawoud Bey, Jeffrey Gibson, An-My Lê, and Shahzia Sikander.

Three exhibitions marking the 40th anniversary of the MacArthur Fellows Program open across Chicago this spring, ushering in the first wave of projects presented in conjunction with "Toward Common Cause: Art, Social Change, and the MacArthur Fellows Program at 40."

Chicago-based photographer Dawoud Bey shows portraits of South Side youth at Arts and Public Life’s Arts Incubator (May 21–August 28). Jeffrey Gibson reflects on representations of Indigenous people in cultural institutions, in a new commission at the Newberry Library (May 28–September 18). An-My Lê and Shahzia Sikander probe monuments and identity with recent work at the Museum of Contemporary Photography (June 3–August 29).

Learn more: https://mailchi.mp/uchicago/opening-soon-dawoud-bey-jeffrey-gibson-an-my-le-shahzia-sikander

Celebrate the transformations of Spring during a lunchtime drawing workshop that investigates themes of trauma, transfor...
04/28/2021

Celebrate the transformations of Spring during a lunchtime drawing workshop that investigates themes of trauma, transformation, and love through the lens of ancient Roman poet Ovid’s “Metamorphoses” and our exhibition “Lust, Love, and Loss in Renaissance Europe.”

Join us for Ovid Over Lunch (Part II), presented in collaboration with Poetry Foundation & Poetry Magazine: https://www.facebook.com/events/278366323900412/

Celebrate the transformations of Spring during a lunchtime drawing workshop that investigates themes of trauma, transformation, and love through the lens of ancient Roman poet Ovid’s “Metamorphoses” and our exhibition “Lust, Love, and Loss in Renaissance Europe.”

Join us for Ovid Over Lunch (Part II), presented in collaboration with Poetry Foundation & Poetry Magazine: https://www.facebook.com/events/278366323900412/

A clever tale of courtship, taken from the romance ‘The Filocolo’ written by the fourteenth-century author Giovanni Bocc...
04/24/2021

A clever tale of courtship, taken from the romance ‘The Filocolo’ written by the fourteenth-century author Giovanni Boccacio, was once mounted into the front of a cassone, or large chest that would have held a new bride’s possessions in Renaissance Italy. It is one of several works on display in ‘Lust, Love, and Loss in Renaissance Europe’ that families would have commissioned for their homes at times of celebration, like betrothals, marriages, and births.

Now open—plan your visit: https://www.exploretock.com/smartmuseumofart

A clever tale of courtship, taken from the romance ‘The Filocolo’ written by the fourteenth-century author Giovanni Boccacio, was once mounted into the front of a cassone, or large chest that would have held a new bride’s possessions in Renaissance Italy. It is one of several works on display in ‘Lust, Love, and Loss in Renaissance Europe’ that families would have commissioned for their homes at times of celebration, like betrothals, marriages, and births.

Now open—plan your visit: https://www.exploretock.com/smartmuseumofart

04/21/2021
Art, Smart, and Social Change: UChicago Giving Day 2021

On UChicago's 6th annual Giving Day, help the Smart Museum continue to bring us all closer to art, to real-world concerns, and to each other by making a gift today: https://givingday.uchicago.edu/campaigns/art-smart-and-social-change?appeal_id=5e67d3e8165dd6001f992a7c

With Giving Day underway, Lead Museum Educator Mayra Cecilia Palafox, takes us on a behind-the-scenes tour of the Smart and talks about how your gift will support the presentation of new exhibitions, such as this summer’s Toward Common Cause, while also supporting the delivery of dynamic programs, an enhanced virtual footprint, and the best possible guest experience for you.

Earth Day art vote! In celebration of #EarthDay2021, the Feitler Center for Academic Inquiry invites all University of C...
04/12/2021

Earth Day art vote! In celebration of #EarthDay2021, the Feitler Center for Academic Inquiry invites all University of Chicago students to vote to select an environmentally themed artwork to be acquired for the collection of the Smart Museum of Art. Learn more about the four short-listed works of art—by Edward Burtynsky, Minerva Cuevas, Binh Danh, and Ranu Mukherjee—and cast your vote between April 12 and 22: https://collegesurveys.uchicago.edu/earth_day_smart_museum_voting

NOW OPEN—make a timed reservations to visit "Lust, Love, and Loss in Renaissance Europe," a new exhibition organized by ...
04/08/2021

NOW OPEN—make a timed reservations to visit "Lust, Love, and Loss in Renaissance Europe," a new exhibition organized by the Feitler Center for Academic Inquiry that features more than 40 paintings, prints, and luxury wares from the 15th-17th centuries: https://www.exploretock.com/smartmuseumofart/

NOW OPEN—make a timed reservations to visit "Lust, Love, and Loss in Renaissance Europe," a new exhibition organized by the Feitler Center for Academic Inquiry that features more than 40 paintings, prints, and luxury wares from the 15th-17th centuries: https://www.exploretock.com/smartmuseumofart/

We're reopening next week—make a reservation to visit "Lust, Love, and Loss in Renaissance Europe" beginning April 8:
03/30/2021
Smart Museum of Art - Chicago, IL | Tock

We're reopening next week—make a reservation to visit "Lust, Love, and Loss in Renaissance Europe" beginning April 8:

The Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago is a site for rigorous inquiry and exchange that encourages the examination of complex issues through the lens of art objects and artistic practice. Through strong community and scholarly partnerships, the Museum incorporates diverse ideas, identi...

From art that sees breakage as a sign of beauty to a memorial tolling of the bells and reflection from Rockefeller Chape...
03/18/2021

From art that sees breakage as a sign of beauty to a memorial tolling of the bells and reflection from Rockefeller Chapel to sonic nourishment from Angel Bat Dawid, "Take Care Be Well" is a day-long series of live-streamed experiences and offerings of care created by artists, students, community partners and educators. Join us March 20 as we mark the close of the exhibition "Take Care" and reflect on the past year: https://smartmuseum.uchicago.edu/public-practice/public-practice-projects/take-care-be-well/

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Take the Red or Green Line to Garfield Boulevard. Exit and transfer to the eastbound #55 Garfield bus. Exit the bus at Ellis Avenue and walk half a block south on Ellis. The Smart is on the left, set back from the street in the center of the block. or Take the #6 Jackson Park Express bus to 55th Street. Transfer to the westbound #55 Garfield bus. Exit bus at Ellis Avenue, cross to the south side of 55th Street, and continue south on Ellis for half a block. The Smart is on the left, set back from the street in the center of the block. Other bus routes, like the #2 Hyde Park Express and #4 Cottage Grove also have stops within walking distance.

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The Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago is a site for rigorous inquiry and exchange that encourages the examination of complex issues through the lens of art objects and artistic practice. Through strong community and scholarly partnerships, the Museum incorporates diverse ideas, identities, and experiences into its exhibitions and collections, academic initiatives, and public programming. The Smart first opened in 1974. Admission is always free. Mission The Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago opens the world through art and ideas.

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