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Current Exhibitions

September 27, 2014February 15, 2015
Gallery 154
Over 60 sumptuous works of art—mosaics, architectural fragments, manuscripts, glass, silver, textiles, and painted icons—come together from museums throughout Greece.
Over 60 sumptuous works of art—mosaics, architectural fragments, manuscripts, glass, silver, textiles, and painted icons—come together from museums throughout Greece.
October 9, 2014March 8, 2015
Gallery 292
One of only about 30 pénétrables produced by the Venezuelan artist, this immersive work—a forest of shimmering nylon tubes—is on display for the first time since 1986.
One of only about 30 pénétrables produced by the Venezuelan artist, this immersive work—a forest of shimmering nylon tubes—is on display for the first time since 1986.
November 11, 2014February 21, 2016
Galleries 212 and 212A
Paintings and drawings from viceregal South America introduce visitors to explorers, artists, and patrons who lived in the Spanish-governed Andes during the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries.
Paintings and drawings from viceregal South America introduce visitors to explorers, artists, and patrons who lived in the Spanish-governed Andes during the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries.
Ongoing
Gallery 50
For the first time in years, the Art Institute is able to tell the complex story of Islamic cultural production with new galleries devoted to Islamic art.
For the first time in years, the Art Institute is able to tell the complex story of Islamic cultural production with new galleries devoted to Islamic art.
November 1, 2014February 1, 2015
Galleries 124–127
Over 80 masterpieces of Italian draftsmanship from the collection of Jean and Steven Goldman are on view to the public for the first time.
Over 80 masterpieces of Italian draftsmanship from the collection of Jean and Steven Goldman are on view to the public for the first time.
August 8, 2014February 6, 2015
Gallery 294
This chalkboard, created during a visit to Chicago in 1974, maps the connections Beuys perceived between the spiritual, social, and natural worlds.
This chalkboard, created during a visit to Chicago in 1974, maps the connections Beuys perceived between the spiritual, social, and natural worlds.
November 9, 2014February 22, 2015
Bluhm Family Terrace
Schütte's large-scale figure of a woman plays with the conventions of the classic female nude, both eulogizing and undermining the traditional iconographic vocabulary.
Schütte's large-scale figure of a woman plays with the conventions of the classic female nude, both eulogizing and undermining the traditional iconographic vocabulary.
December 5, 2014March 1, 2015
Gallery 134
This installation presents a sampling of Chinese paintings inspired by anecdotes, legends, and imaginary perceptions of distant or spiritual realms.
This installation presents a sampling of Chinese paintings inspired by anecdotes, legends, and imaginary perceptions of distant or spiritual realms.
November 11, 2014March 8, 2015
Gallery 294
This exhibition showcases Riley's bold, rhythmic abstractions, including an emblematic early canvas, two of her iconic “stripe” paintings, and the only sculpture she ever created.
This exhibition showcases Riley's bold, rhythmic abstractions, including an emblematic early canvas, two of her iconic “stripe” paintings, and the only sculpture she ever created.
January 20, 2015March 23, 2015
Ryerson and Burnham LIbraries (weekdays only)
This exhibition showcases a selection of visionary bindings by Mary Louise Reynolds, an American who became a central figure in the Parisian Surrealist movement.
This exhibition showcases a selection of visionary bindings by Mary Louise Reynolds, an American who became a central figure in the Parisian Surrealist movement.
January 9, 2015March 29, 2015
Gallery 107
Various working styles are highlighted in this exhibition devoted to the mysterious Japanese artist Toshusai Sharaku, known only for a 10-month period in 1794–1795 when his work flourished.
Various working styles are highlighted in this exhibition devoted to the mysterious Japanese artist Toshusai Sharaku, known only for a 10-month period in 1794–1795 when his work flourished.
November 19, 2014April 5, 2015
Gallery 186
Featuring a lone DJ spinning records on a rooftop surrounded by exploding fireworks, Sala's 2003 video manipulates sound and image to astonishingly new effect.
Featuring a lone DJ spinning records on a rooftop surrounded by exploding fireworks, Sala's 2003 video manipulates sound and image to astonishingly new effect.
November 1, 2014April 12, 2015
Galleries 2–3
Welling’s debut series, "Diary/Landscape" (1977–86) is both a beautiful and moving meditation on family, history, memory, and place, and a significant emblem of the Pictures Generation.
Welling’s debut series, "Diary/Landscape" (1977–86) is both a beautiful and moving meditation on family, history, memory, and place, and a significant emblem of the Pictures Generation.
January 22, 2015May 3, 2015
Galleries 188–189
This “retrospective in a room” brings together several decades’ worth of Gossage's work to highlight three distinct ways that the artist has approached photography.
This “retrospective in a room” brings together several decades’ worth of Gossage's work to highlight three distinct ways that the artist has approached photography.
September 2014–May 2015
A nine-month season of events celebrating photography at the Art Institute of Chicago
A nine-month season of events celebrating photography at the Art Institute of Chicago
December 6, 2014June 6, 2015
Ryan Education Center
This interactive installation celebrates the art of puppetry by allowing visitors of all ages to explore the movements of shadow, hand, and finger puppets.
This interactive installation celebrates the art of puppetry by allowing visitors of all ages to explore the movements of shadow, hand, and finger puppets.
Ongoing
Gallery 15
More than 800 paperweights, including for the first time a selection of contemporary works, are featured in the newly expanded gallery.
More than 800 paperweights, including for the first time a selection of contemporary works, are featured in the newly expanded gallery.
Ongoing
Galleries 150–154
Through over 550 works, these stunning new galleries present the origins and early development of Western art from the third millennium B.C. to the time of the great Byzantine Empire.
Through over 550 works, these stunning new galleries present the origins and early development of Western art from the third millennium B.C. to the time of the great Byzantine Empire.
Ongoing
Ryan Education Center
Four specially treated sculpture let visitors experience how the sense of touch can enrich their appreciation of art.
Four specially treated sculpture let visitors experience how the sense of touch can enrich their appreciation of art.
Ongoing
Gallery 201
Newly cleaned, conserved, and dramatically transformed, this world-famous icon of the Art Institute’s celebrated Impressionist collection returns to the galleries.
Newly cleaned, conserved, and dramatically transformed, this world-famous icon of the Art Institute’s celebrated Impressionist collection returns to the galleries.
Ongoing
Gallery 295
This ongoing presentation features outstanding examples of Cy Twombly’s sculpture made between 1948 and 1995.
This ongoing presentation features outstanding examples of Cy Twombly’s sculpture made between 1948 and 1995.