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Current Exhibitions

Through August 30, 2015
Galleries 182–186, Ryerson and Burnham Libraries
The first comprehensive survey of Frances Stark’s video and digital production highlights the American artist’s gift for balancing intimate content with a sense of theatricality.
The first comprehensive survey of Frances Stark’s video and digital production highlights the American artist’s gift for balancing intimate content with a sense of theatricality.
Through September 27, 2015
Galleries 124–127
A new perspective on collaboration in late 19th-century London is revealed through works by James McNeill Whistler, Theodore Roussel, and other members of their artistic circle.
A new perspective on collaboration in late 19th-century London is revealed through works by James McNeill Whistler, Theodore Roussel, and other members of their artistic circle.
Through October 4, 2015
Galleries 291–299
The first major exhibition of Charles Ray's work since 1998 includes 19 recent pieces—including four new works making their museum debut.
The first major exhibition of Charles Ray's work since 1998 includes 19 recent pieces—including four new works making their museum debut.
Through February 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.
Through July 12, 2015
Galleries 283–285
Five architects look at how new modes of communication have influenced the ways in which ideas are constructed and communicated in the development, production, and presentation of architecture.
Five architects look at how new modes of communication have influenced the ways in which ideas are constructed and communicated in the development, production, and presentation of architecture.
Through July 19, 2015
Galleries 57–59
This exhibition of printed dress or furnishing fabrics highlights Allerton's little-known role in promoting the Art Institute’s commitment to modern and contemporary art.
This exhibition of printed dress or furnishing fabrics highlights Allerton's little-known role in promoting the Art Institute’s commitment to modern and contemporary art.
Through August 16, 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.
Through August 23, 2015
Galleries 188–189
Mylayne’s large-scale photographs of common birds—featured at the Art Institute, The Arts Club of Chicago, and Millennium Park—offer a profound investigation of aesthetics and community.
Mylayne’s large-scale photographs of common birds—featured at the Art Institute, The Arts Club of Chicago, and Millennium Park—offer a profound investigation of aesthetics and community.
Through September 20, 2015
Gallery 134
Today’s most dynamic Chinese printmakers are using their nation’s time-honored graphic medium to create truly contemporary art.
Today’s most dynamic Chinese printmakers are using their nation’s time-honored graphic medium to create truly contemporary art.
Through September 20, 2015
Gallery 286
Manferdini’s manipulation of an iconic Mies van der Rohe grid blurs lines between fashion and pattern in an architectural context and introduces a new contemporary landscape.
Manferdini’s manipulation of an iconic Mies van der Rohe grid blurs lines between fashion and pattern in an architectural context and introduces a new contemporary landscape.
Through September 27, 2015
Bluhm Family Terrace
Two recent X-form works—the organic shapes of which counter the geometries of the Modern Wing—are presented on a site-specific wooden platform that encourages access and interaction.
Two recent X-form works—the organic shapes of which counter the geometries of the Modern Wing—are presented on a site-specific wooden platform that encourages access and interaction.
Through October 11, 2015
Galleries 1–2
Focusing on two remote locations in Canada and Russia, these essayistic films and photographs by David Hartt explore the hybrid identities of sites and individuals in a globalized world.
Focusing on two remote locations in Canada and Russia, these essayistic films and photographs by David Hartt explore the hybrid identities of sites and individuals in a globalized world.
Through October 31, 2015
Gallery 135
In a first-of-its-kind public demonstration, the last stages of conservation work on Picabia's monumental abstract canvas are performed in the galleries this summer for visitors to witness.
In a first-of-its-kind public demonstration, the last stages of conservation work on Picabia's monumental abstract canvas are performed in the galleries this summer for visitors to witness.
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.
July 1, 2015–February 2016
Gallery 240
Two exceptional loans join works from the Art Institute’s rich collection in this focused exhibition exploring the artist’s career-long fascination with the figure in motion.
Two exceptional loans join works from the Art Institute’s rich collection in this focused exhibition exploring the artist’s career-long fascination with the figure in motion.
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.