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Current Exhibitions

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 September 25, 2017
Ryerson and Burnham Libraries (weekdays only)
Featuring architectural treatises and publications from the 16th to18th century, this exhibition explores the work of Jesuit architect, painter, and scenographer Andrea Pozzo.
Featuring architectural treatises and publications from the 16th to18th century, this exhibition explores the work of Jesuit architect, painter, and scenographer Andrea Pozzo.
Through October 1, 2017
Gallery 186
Steve McQueen structures 13 hours of FBI files on Paul Robeson in the manner of the rolling credits at the conclusion of a feature film.
Steve McQueen structures 13 hours of FBI files on Paul Robeson in the manner of the rolling credits at the conclusion of a feature film.
Through October 8, 2017
Gallery 107
These works from the permanent collection demonstrate the many ways Japanese print designers capture the night in print.
These works from the permanent collection demonstrate the many ways Japanese print designers capture the night in print.
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 134
This focused installation of premodern Chinese handscrolls examines the format's unique capacity for storytelling through panoramic and sequential paintings.
This focused installation of premodern Chinese handscrolls examines the format's unique capacity for storytelling through panoramic and sequential paintings.
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.
Through December 31, 2017
Gallery 188
Ledare's new film and installation is based on a three-day conference the artist organized using an experiential social-psychology method designed for the group's self-analysis.
Ledare's new film and installation is based on a three-day conference the artist organized using an experiential social-psychology method designed for the group's self-analysis.
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.
Through February 25, 2018
Gallery 283
This installation mines the Art Institute’s collection to explore the intriguing, if sometimes understated, role of color in the history of architecture and design.
This installation mines the Art Institute’s collection to explore the intriguing, if sometimes understated, role of color in the history of architecture and design.
Through March 4, 2018
Galleries 101A, 140–43
Eight large triptychs from the "Indian Civilization" series, the last works of M. F. Husain, celebrate India’s rich and diverse culture and history.
Eight large triptychs from the "Indian Civilization" series, the last works of M. F. Husain, celebrate India’s rich and diverse culture and history.
Now Open
Gallery 285
A new installation of the museum’s collection of 20th- and 21st-century architecture and design works presents the two as an integrated, ever-changing, and multilayered experience.
A new installation of the museum’s collection of 20th- and 21st-century architecture and design works presents the two as an integrated, ever-changing, and multilayered experience.
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.