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.
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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.

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
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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/

"All the World's Futures" panel discussion—featuring Ho Tzu Nyen, Serge Alain Nitegeka, Sean Lowry, and Simone Douglas—c...
03/02/2021

"All the World's Futures" panel discussion—featuring Ho Tzu Nyen, Serge Alain Nitegeka, Sean Lowry, and Simone Douglas—considers the current “state of things.” Join us and the Hood Museum of Art on March 4 👇

Join us on March 4 at 5pm for "Global Art and Art History in the Wake of Covid-19," a virtual panel discussion hosted in collaboration with the @smartmuseum that considers global-scale issues in contemporary art and art history, including the impacts of the pandemic on global practices and the possibilities that have arisen. The virtual event features Ho Tzu Nyen, Serge Alain Nitegeka, Sean Lowry, and Simone Douglas in conversation with curators Orianna Cacchione and Jessica Hong.

Register at https://bit.ly/3aMxYDZ

Music and stories from Cabrini-Green featuring Blues singer and educator Katherine Davis, the placekeeping initiative "i...
02/22/2021

Music and stories from Cabrini-Green featuring Blues singer and educator Katherine Davis, the placekeeping initiative "in ℅: Black women" on collective care, a close looking session featuring Erika Rothenberg's satirical greeting cards—join us for a series of participatory gatherings this week.

Learn more: https://smartmuseum.uchicago.edu/public-practice/calendar-of-events/

"Just a little bit of joy with your friends can really pull you out of a rut. Reach out however you can, you’ll see."In ...
02/10/2021

"Just a little bit of joy with your friends can really pull you out of a rut. Reach out however you can, you’ll see."

In "a series of small gestures," University of Chicago students offer short videos reflecting on the questions of how we care for ourselves and each other. The series is an initiative of the Feitler Center for Academic Inquiry and continues with new videos each week this quarter. Learn more and stream the series: https://smartmuseum.uchicago.edu/feitler-center-for-academic-inquiry/student-opportunities/a-series-of-small-gestures/

"The year ahead is rife with an expansive and diverse selection of exhibitions, books, and other opportunities to engage...
02/06/2021

"The year ahead is rife with an expansive and diverse selection of exhibitions, books, and other opportunities to engage with the work of African American artists."

Culture Type highlights Toward Common Cause in its annual guide to Black art. The exhibition will feature contributions from 28 MacArthur Fellows, including Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Dawoud Bey, Mark Bradford, David Hammons, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Whitfield Lovell, Rick Lowe, Kerry James Marshall, Julie Mehretu, Kara Walker, Carrie Mae Weems, and Fred Wilson.

Check out the whole guide of what's ahead in 2021: https://www.culturetype.com/2021/01/31/what-to-look-forward-to-in-2021-exhibitions-books-and-events-focused-on-african-american-art/

"The year ahead is rife with an expansive and diverse selection of exhibitions, books, and other opportunities to engage with the work of African American artists."

Culture Type highlights Toward Common Cause in its annual guide to Black art. The exhibition will feature contributions from 28 MacArthur Fellows, including Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Dawoud Bey, Mark Bradford, David Hammons, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Whitfield Lovell, Rick Lowe, Kerry James Marshall, Julie Mehretu, Kara Walker, Carrie Mae Weems, and Fred Wilson.

Check out the whole guide of what's ahead in 2021: https://www.culturetype.com/2021/01/31/what-to-look-forward-to-in-2021-exhibitions-books-and-events-focused-on-african-american-art/

Updates on our winter and spring schedule: the Smart Museum of Art is currently scheduled to reopen on April 8, 2021 wit...
02/01/2021

Updates on our winter and spring schedule: the Smart Museum of Art is currently scheduled to reopen on April 8, 2021 with the special exhibition "Lust, Love, and Loss in Renaissance Europe."

Throughout February and March, the Smart Museum will continue to offer a series of online programs, virtual experiences, and at-home art activities. The Museum will also continue to support UChicago student and faculty research and teaching with objects from the collection, by appointment with the Feitler Center for Academic Inquiry. At the same time, the Smart Museum and UChicago Facilities will use the coming weeks to complete the final phase of a multi-year project to modernize our HVAC system.

Full announcement of schedule changes and updates on hours, reservations, and visitor protocols: https://smartmuseum.uchicago.edu/blog/winter-and-spring-2021-schedule/

Updates on our winter and spring schedule: the Smart Museum of Art is currently scheduled to reopen on April 8, 2021 with the special exhibition "Lust, Love, and Loss in Renaissance Europe."

Throughout February and March, the Smart Museum will continue to offer a series of online programs, virtual experiences, and at-home art activities. The Museum will also continue to support UChicago student and faculty research and teaching with objects from the collection, by appointment with the Feitler Center for Academic Inquiry. At the same time, the Smart Museum and UChicago Facilities will use the coming weeks to complete the final phase of a multi-year project to modernize our HVAC system.

Full announcement of schedule changes and updates on hours, reservations, and visitor protocols: https://smartmuseum.uchicago.edu/blog/winter-and-spring-2021-schedule/

01/30/2021
Family Day: Shelter Drawings

Shelter in place with the Smart Museum! Using this magical technique with colorful crayons and black paint, create a wonderful world for your own imaginary shelter. Based on the drawings of Henry Moore in the Smart's collection, find a way to create an amazing place to spend some time, and let your creativity run wild.

Materials
-- Paper
-- Crayons
-- Black tempera or poster paint
-- Paintbrush (cheap sponge brushes work well)

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.

Join us tonight for Art After Dark, a virtual gathering that mixes art-making and conversation inspired by the work of M...
01/20/2021
Take Care with Art After Dark: Making a Scroll

Join us tonight for Art After Dark, a virtual gathering that mixes art-making and conversation inspired by the work of Mary Frank! Reflect on the past year and consider plans for 2021 as we make scroll drawings in an activity hosted by Kathryn Fitzgerald, Lead Museum Educator at the Smart Museum. Tonight—January 20 at 6 pm:

Join the Smart Museum as we unroll the scoll on a new year with a guided art-making session and discussion.

Toward Common Cause
01/11/2021

Toward Common Cause

Announcing a year-long series of experimental audio performances from Guillermo Gómez-Peña and La Pocha Nostra, presented by Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, Lumpen Radio, and the Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago.

Tune in to “Gómez-Peña’s Mex Files: Audio Art & Strange Poetry from the US/Mexico Border” beginning January 27 at 6:30 pm on 105.5 FM in Chicago and streaming online. The twice monthly series leads up to an exhibition this fall at Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, presented in conjunction with the multi-site exhibition “Toward Common Cause: Art, Social Change, and the MacArthur Fellows Program at 40.”

Learn more: https://www.hullhousemuseum.org/guillermo-gomez-pena-at-hull-house

From all of us at the Smart Museum of Art, we wish you a bright start to the New Year. During this season of reflection,...
12/31/2020

From all of us at the Smart Museum of Art, we wish you a bright start to the New Year. During this season of reflection, we are so grateful for the support of friends and advocates like you. We look forward to welcoming you back to the Museum in 2021, and hope you will continue to engage with the Smart—and one another—through the exciting array of exhibitions, UChicago academic programs, and new public initiatives planned for the months ahead. Sharing our gratitude and best wishes for the New Year!

Send the Smart into 2021—there are only a few days left to make a gift and show your support for dynamic opportunities t...
12/29/2020
Smart Museum of Art - UChicago Crowdfunding

Send the Smart into 2021—there are only a few days left to make a gift and show your support for dynamic opportunities to connect to art! Your essential support of the Smart Museum of Art helps us to share inspiring exhibitions and programming, while we endeavor to develop new and creative ways of bringing you closer to art and to one another. Give today!

Your support helps us to conceive and share inspiring exhibitions and programming with students, faculty, community members, and others, while we endeavor to develop new and creative ways of bringing you closer to art and to one another. The Smart Museum’s Annual Fund provides essential support th...

Friends and advocates like you have made so much possible this year! The Smart Museum of Art has shared thought-provokin...
12/22/2020

Friends and advocates like you have made so much possible this year! The Smart Museum of Art has shared thought-provoking exhibitions, fostered new ways to connect as a community, advanced scholarly work, found creative inspiration at home, and pursued long-lasting collaborations centered on artistic inquiry, discovery, and exchange.

Make a gift in December and show your support, so we can develop more opportunities to connect with art and one another. Your gift in any amount has an immediate impact on our most significant initiatives. Give today: https://crowdfunding.uchicago.edu/campaigns/smart-museum-of-art

12/19/2020
Family Day: Fancy Flying Feast

Take a roll of paper towels, a set of gouache (or watercolor) paints, a brush, and a ball point pen, and create a fantastical table runner for an upcoming feast!

This project was inspired by Sonja Alhäuser's giant "recipe drawing," which depicts a fantasy world of butter sculptures, crudités and exploded fruits and veggies, and which was included in the Smart Museum's exhibition "Take Care." Paper towels make a lovely surface for watercolor and gouache, so let your imagination run wild! You can paint these paper towel table runners as a family and decorate your table with your new masterpieces at your next fancy dinner.

Materials
-- Paper towel roll
-- Gouache or watercolor paint
-- Paint brush
-- Ball point pen

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.

It's a fancy flying feast! Grab your art supplies, join Erik L. Peterson, and create a fantastical table runner for an u...
12/17/2020

It's a fancy flying feast! Grab your art supplies, join Erik L. Peterson, and create a fantastical table runner for an upcoming feast.

Our latest at-home activity for families is inspired by Sonja Alhäuser's giant "recipe drawing," which depicts a fantasy world of butter sculptures, crudités and exploded fruits and veggies, and which was included in the Smart Museum's exhibition "Take Care." Tune in to the live stream this Saturday at 1 pm (CST): https://www.facebook.com/smartmuseum/posts/10160646773898782

12/16/2020
Smart Museum of Art

Take a museum tour from home—check out our special playlist of curator-led tours, featuring recent exhibitions 'Claudia Wieser: Generations' and 'Take Care'

Artist Claudia Wieser and co-curator Jennifer Carty lead a virtual tour of "Claudia Wieser: Generations" at the Smart Museum, exploring the roles that space and materials play in the exhibition.

12/16/2020
Family Day: Fancy Flying Feast

Take a roll of paper towels, a set of gouache (or watercolor) paints, a brush, and a ball point pen, and create a fantastical table runner for an upcoming feast!

This project was inspired by Sonja Alhäuser's giant "recipe drawing," which depicts a fantasy world of butter sculptures, crudités and exploded fruits and veggies, and which was included in the Smart Museum's exhibition "Take Care." Paper towels make a lovely surface for watercolor and gouache, so let your imagination run wild! You can paint these paper towel table runners as a family and decorate your table with your new masterpieces at your next fancy dinner.

Materials
-- Paper towel roll
-- Gouache or watercolor paint
-- Paint brush
-- Ball point pen

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.

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5550 S Greenwood Ave
Chicago, IL
60637

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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Thursday 11:00 - 16:00
Friday 11:00 - 16:00
Saturday 11:00 - 16:00
Sunday 11:00 - 16:00

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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.