Special exhibitions. Collection of more than 15,000 objects, classical to contemporary, with focus on modern art and design, East Asian art, European painting and prints before 1900, and contemporary art from Chicago and beyond.
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.
1. Smart Museum of Art, designed by Edward Larrabee Barnes
2. Expanding Narratives installation showing works by Sylvia Sleigh, Alice Neel, and Kerry James Marshall
3. Expanding Narratives installation showing works by Theaster Gates, Nick Cave, Cindy Sherman, Kehinde Wiley, and Kara Walker
4. Expanding Narratives installation showing works by Jack Whitten, Norman Lewis, Boris Fedorovich (Fydorovich) Rybchenkov, Trevor Paglen, Mark Rothko, and John Chamberlain
5. Solidary & Solitary: The Joyner/Giuffrida Collection installation view, showing works by Leonardo Drew, Melvin Edwards, and Sam Gilliam.
6. Smart to the Core: Embodying the Self installation view