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Current Exhibitions

Through July 9, 2017
Gallery 186 and Gallery 289
This major survey of the work of Chinese artist Zhang Peili traces his practice from his earliest experiments with video in the late 1980s to new digital formats in the 2000s.
This major survey of the work of Chinese artist Zhang Peili traces his practice from his earliest experiments with video in the late 1980s to new digital formats in the 2000s.
Through January 3, 2018
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.
Now Open
Galleries 235–239
Member Preview: March 18–19
Hundreds of objects from the Middle Ages and Renaissance—monumental altarpieces, exquisite jewelry, and the beloved arms and armor collection—return in a sumptuous, immersive display.
Hundreds of objects from the Middle Ages and Renaissance—monumental altarpieces, exquisite jewelry, and the beloved arms and armor collection—return in a sumptuous, immersive display.
Through July 9, 2017
Gallery 285
This exhibition features three provocative episodes or vignettes: the modern chair, the emergence of postmodern design, and contemporary identity systems in graphic design.
This exhibition features three provocative episodes or vignettes: the modern chair, the emergence of postmodern design, and contemporary identity systems in graphic design.
Through July 10, 2017
Ryerson and Burnham Libraries (weekdays only)
This exhibition explores the work of architect Bruce Goff in the Chicago area, focusing on a formative period between 1934 and 1942 when he lived in the city.
This exhibition explores the work of architect Bruce Goff in the Chicago area, focusing on a formative period between 1934 and 1942 when he lived in the city.
Through July 23, 2017
Gallery 107
This exhibition comprises Japanese prints purchased from Frank Lloyd Wright, photos of the 1908 exhibition that Wright designed for the Art Institute, and drawings by Prairie School members.
This exhibition comprises Japanese prints purchased from Frank Lloyd Wright, photos of the 1908 exhibition that Wright designed for the Art Institute, and drawings by Prairie School members.
Through August 20, 2017
Gallery 134
This intimate installation examines the experimental brushwork and ink applications of two innovative Chinese painters.
This intimate installation examines the experimental brushwork and ink applications of two innovative Chinese painters.
May 14–25: Pop-up exhibition / May 27–August 20: Exhibition*
Gallery 188
This display of Frank’s book "Partida" is complemented by selections from the artist’s gift to the museum in 2000, works that are more personal than the contents of "The Americans."
This display of Frank’s book "Partida" is complemented by selections from the artist’s gift to the museum in 2000, works that are more personal than the contents of "The Americans."
Through September 10, 2017
Regenstein Hall
Member Preview: June 22–24
This exhibition is the most in-depth examination to date of the artist’s radical experiments in painting, sculpture, printmaking, and furniture design.
This exhibition is the most in-depth examination to date of the artist’s radical experiments in painting, sculpture, printmaking, and furniture design.
Through September 17, 2017
Galleries 57–59
This presentation explores the richly patterned wax-resist textiles known as batiks, their flourishing in the Indonesian island of Java, and their many inspirations and functions.
This presentation explores the richly patterned wax-resist textiles known as batiks, their flourishing in the Indonesian island of Java, and their many inspirations and functions.
Through Fall 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 October 15, 2017
Bluhm Family Terrace
This installation of a single snowman encased in a refrigerated vitrine on the sun-filled terrace creates a paradoxical situation that is at once playful and challenging.
This installation of a single snowman encased in a refrigerated vitrine on the sun-filled terrace creates a paradoxical situation that is at once playful and challenging.
Through October 29, 2017
Galleries 125–127
As a cartoonist and independent artist, Saul Steinberg crafted a rich and ever-evolving idiom, giving graphic definition to the postwar age.
As a cartoonist and independent artist, Saul Steinberg crafted a rich and ever-evolving idiom, giving graphic definition to the postwar age.
Through October 29, 2017
Gallery 124
In this series of 57 drawings, Cauleen Smith proposes a new canon of humanistic literacy that is both personal and idiosyncratic.
In this series of 57 drawings, Cauleen Smith proposes a new canon of humanistic literacy that is both personal and idiosyncratic.
Through October 29, 2017
Galleries 1–4 and 10
As one of only a handful of American curators specializing in photography at that time, Hugh Edwards helped shape the field in Chicago and across the country.
As one of only a handful of American curators specializing in photography at that time, Hugh Edwards helped shape the field in Chicago and across the country.
Through December 3, 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.
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.