Unsettled Ground: Art and Environment from the Smart Museum Collection

Smart Museum of Art 5550 S. Greenwood Avenue, Chicago, IL

How has the environment shaped artistic practice, and how can artistic form teach us to understand our local and planetary environment in new ways? The artworks presented in Unsettled Ground speak to a generative conversation between art and the environment—whether understood as natural, human, or something altogether more complex—across multiple scales of time and space. Drawing on […]

Monochrome Multitudes

Smart Museum of Art 5550 S. Greenwood Avenue, Chicago, IL

This exhibition offers an expansive narrative of modern monochrome, or “one color,” art. Revisiting classic modernist ideas of flatness, idealized form, and color, Monochrome Multitudes opens this fundamental artistic practice up to reveal its surprising creative possibilities. The exhibition features monochromatic groupings—rooms of blue, white, yellow, gray, black, and red works respectively—alongside thematic sections where single colors […]

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not all realisms: photography, Africa, and the long 1960s

Smart Museum of Art 5550 S. Greenwood Avenue, Chicago, IL

The sixties were a long time coming. The sixties keep coming back. For many parts of Africa, to refer to the 1960s is to gesture broadly toward a time of great transformation: the postcolonial turn. That decade’s beginning marks a wave of national independence movements coming to fruition in all parts of the continent with […]

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