The Renaissance Society

Independent "kunsthalle" at the University of Chicago since 1915, presenting exhibitions, events, and publications with a focus on new production.

The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago presents contemporary art exhibitions, events, and publications. “The Ren”—as we are known by many—is an independent, non-collecting museum driven by an uncompromising commitment to artists and their ideas. All exhibitions and events are free and open to the public.

We offer artists the time, space, resources, and freedom that are vital for ambitious experimentation and risk-taking. Our work with artists frequently results in newly commissioned art, and their presentations in our 3,000 sq ft gallery spur further scholarly and creative reflections in our publications and public programs.

Visitors to the Ren find a uniquely intimate platform for encountering artistic expressions that give form to, challenge, and complicate currents in contemporary thought. Events—including artist talks, lectures, screenings, concerts, readings, and more—offer further opportunities for discovery and discussion. We maintain robust archives, which are frequently accessed by art historians, students, and other institutions.

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1. David Maljković, Also on View, 2019. 2. Executive Director and Chief Curator Solveig Øvstebø introduces Jennifer Packer's exhibition, Tenderheaded, 2017. 3. Gordon Hall performs Brothers and Sisters as part of the Intermissions performance series, 2018. 4. Brook Hsu's work in Let me consider it from here, 2018. 5. Shadi Habib Allah, Put to Rights installation view, 2018. 6. Jana Winderen performs "Spring Bloom in the Marginal Ice Zone," 2018