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Through January 2, 2017
Gallery 188
A companion to the concurrent Moholy-Nagy retrospective, this exhibition of contemporary work examines the influence the artist had on the field of photography.
A companion to the concurrent Moholy-Nagy retrospective, this exhibition of contemporary work examines the influence the artist had on the field of photography.
Through January 3, 2017
Regenstein Hall
Member Preview: September 30–October 1
The first retrospective of Moholy-Nagy in the United States in nearly 50 years traces the career of a multimedia artist who was always ahead of his time.
The first retrospective of Moholy-Nagy in the United States in nearly 50 years traces the career of a multimedia artist who was always ahead of his time.
Through January 8, 2017
The Art Institute warmly invites you and yours to celebrate the season among the beauty, inspiration, and wonder of art.
The Art Institute warmly invites you and yours to celebrate the season among the beauty, inspiration, and wonder of art.
Through January 10, 2017
Galleries 1–4
The first exhibition in the post-Soviet world devoted to leading political artist Aleksandr Zhitomirsky offers an overview of his career and methods in photomontage.
The first exhibition in the post-Soviet world devoted to leading political artist Aleksandr Zhitomirsky offers an overview of his career and methods in photomontage.
Through January 29, 2017
Galleries 124–127
This celebration of drawings acquired over the last quarter-century presents works of Swiss, German, and Austrian Romanticism; Belgian Symbolism; French Impressionism; and 20th-century American art.
This celebration of drawings acquired over the last quarter-century presents works of Swiss, German, and Austrian Romanticism; Belgian Symbolism; French Impressionism; and 20th-century American art.
Through June 25, 2017
Galleries 212–212A
Thirteen paintings by South American artists from the 17th through 19th century introduce visitors to the Catholic orders at work in the Spanish Andes as they vied for devotees and dominion.
Thirteen paintings by South American artists from the 17th through 19th century introduce visitors to the Catholic orders at work in the Spanish Andes as they vied for devotees and dominion.
Ongoing
Galleries 288, 290–299
Iconic contemporary masterpieces by artists such as Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, and Jasper Johns are among the 44 new works that transform the presentation of our contemporary collection.
Iconic contemporary masterpieces by artists such as Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, and Jasper Johns are among the 44 new works that transform the presentation of our contemporary collection.
September 27–December 5, 2016 (weekdays only)
Ryerson and Burnham Libraries
Concurrent to the Moholy-Nagy retrospective, this exhibition features books on artists highlighting experimental photography's collaborations with light and time.
Concurrent to the Moholy-Nagy retrospective, this exhibition features books on artists highlighting experimental photography's collaborations with light and time.
Through January 2, 2017
Gallery 186
Five video works by Andrea Fraser demonstrate why she is a pioneer of critical reflection on the art world and its institutions.
Five video works by Andrea Fraser demonstrate why she is a pioneer of critical reflection on the art world and its institutions.
Through January 8, 2017
Gallery 134
This intimate exhibition examines the ways that Chinese painters since the late 13th century have reinterpreted techniques established by earlier masters in imaginative new ways.
This intimate exhibition examines the ways that Chinese painters since the late 13th century have reinterpreted techniques established by earlier masters in imaginative new ways.
Through January 8, 2017
Gallery 11
The beloved decorating tradition is back, with an even more extravagant display in the English Drawing Room of the Victorian Period.
The beloved decorating tradition is back, with an even more extravagant display in the English Drawing Room of the Victorian Period.
Through January 8, 2017
Gallery 209
Our spectacular 18th-century Neapolitan crèche—one of the very few and finest examples of such a work outside of Naples—returns once again this holiday season.
Our spectacular 18th-century Neapolitan crèche—one of the very few and finest examples of such a work outside of Naples—returns once again this holiday season.
Through January 15, 2017
Gallery 220A
Featuring works by Delacroix, Barye, Andrieu, and others, this focused installation explores copying in lion- and tiger-obsessed Paris in many forms: drawing, painting, printing, and sculpting.
Featuring works by Delacroix, Barye, Andrieu, and others, this focused installation explores copying in lion- and tiger-obsessed Paris in many forms: drawing, painting, printing, and sculpting.
Through January 16, 2017
Galleries 182–184
The first American museum exhibition devoted to this contemporary South African artist demonstrates the artist’s masterful conflation of personal and collective storytelling.
The first American museum exhibition devoted to this contemporary South African artist demonstrates the artist’s masterful conflation of personal and collective storytelling.
Through January 29, 2017
Gallery 107
Spanning nearly 250 years, this selection of prints showcases the simple and striking use of dark ink on paper from the years before color printing.
Spanning nearly 250 years, this selection of prints showcases the simple and striking use of dark ink on paper from the years before color printing.
Through March 5, 2017
Gallery 24
One of Chicago’s great design stories emerged from the Container Corporation of America (CCA) in the middle of the 20th century.
One of Chicago’s great design stories emerged from the Container Corporation of America (CCA) in the middle of the 20th century.
Through March 19, 2017
Galleries 57–59
Featuring 44 velvets from the 19th century to the present, this exhibition examines the effects of industry on the design and production of a fabric long associated with status and luxury.
Featuring 44 velvets from the 19th century to the present, this exhibition examines the effects of industry on the design and production of a fabric long associated with status and luxury.
Through April 23, 2017
Bluhm Family Terrace
For his first installation in Chicago, sculptor Richard Nonas uses materials usually reserved for demarcating space in a large-scale composition that alters and expands our sense of place.
For his first installation in Chicago, sculptor Richard Nonas uses materials usually reserved for demarcating space in a large-scale composition that alters and expands our sense of place.
Through June 11, 2017
Gallery 286
For this series exploring critical issues within architecture and design, the New York–based group WBYA? presents research related to migrant workers and the global construction industry.
For this series exploring critical issues within architecture and design, the New York–based group WBYA? presents research related to migrant workers and the global construction industry.
Through June 2017
Interactive Gallery, Ryan Learning Center
Get inspired to redecorate a life-sized Thorne Room or to create your own miniature space in this interactive family exhibition.
Get inspired to redecorate a life-sized Thorne Room or to create your own miniature space in this interactive family exhibition.
Through Fall 2017
Gallery 168
This selection of more than 20 Shaker objects made in the late 18th and 19th centuries exemplifies the craftsmanship synonymous with the influential utopian religious community.
This selection of more than 20 Shaker objects made in the late 18th and 19th centuries exemplifies the craftsmanship synonymous with the influential utopian religious community.
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.
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 Learning 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.