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Current Exhibitions

Through August 7, 2016
Galleries 124–127
Inspired by Van Dyck's "Iconography" etchings, this exhibition examines the history of the portrait print through 140 works—from Dürer, Van Dyck, and Rembrandt through Degas, Kollwitz, and Close.
Inspired by Van Dyck's "Iconography" etchings, this exhibition examines the history of the portrait print through 140 works—from Dürer, Van Dyck, and Rembrandt through Degas, Kollwitz, and Close.
Through August 14, 2016
Galleries 1–4
Featuring 100 photographs, this exhibition examines some of the artist's most influential abstract photographs and series—work that explores what he called “the drama of objects.”
Featuring 100 photographs, this exhibition examines some of the artist's most influential abstract photographs and series—work that explores what he called “the drama of objects.”
Through August 21, 2016
Regenstein Hall
Member Preview: June 18
More than 300 highlights from this outstanding collection introduce visitors to exquisite meaning-filled objects and the fast-disappearing cultures that produced them.
More than 300 highlights from this outstanding collection introduce visitors to exquisite meaning-filled objects and the fast-disappearing cultures that produced them.
Through August 28, 2016
Gallery 188
Exploring the little-known collaboration of Parks and Ellison, this exhibition reunites the never-before-seen photographs and unpublished manuscripts intended for two projects.
Exploring the little-known collaboration of Parks and Ellison, this exhibition reunites the never-before-seen photographs and unpublished manuscripts intended for two projects.
Through September 18, 2016
Galleries 182–184
Member Preview: June 3–4
Featuring works by Edward Hopper, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Grant Wood, this exhibition examines how artists redefined modernism while searching for a national art during the Great Depression.
Featuring works by Edward Hopper, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Grant Wood, this exhibition examines how artists redefined modernism while searching for a national art during the Great Depression.
Ongoing
Galleries 288, 290–299
Member Preview: December 11–12, 10:30–5:00
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.
Through August 14, 2016
Gallery 286
This exhibition is an ongoing research project that looks at the influence of architecture and design exhibitions years after their closing.
This exhibition is an ongoing research project that looks at the influence of architecture and design exhibitions years after their closing.
Through September 5, 2016
Gallery 154
Uniting the “two parts” of a bust from the Art Institute and Rome’s Palazzo Altemps Museum, this exhibition features a reconstruction of the original piece as it would have appeared in antiquity.
Uniting the “two parts” of a bust from the Art Institute and Rome’s Palazzo Altemps Museum, this exhibition features a reconstruction of the original piece as it would have appeared in antiquity.
Through September 9, 2016
Gallery 137
This focused exhibition examines various expressions of power, identity, and personal status as elaborated in head and hair fashions across Africa.
This focused exhibition examines various expressions of power, identity, and personal status as elaborated in head and hair fashions across Africa.
Through September 18, 2016
Galleries 57–59
This selection of 39 works showcases a remarkable variety of cultures, periods, and textile types, mirroring the encyclopedic scope of the museum as a whole.
This selection of 39 works showcases a remarkable variety of cultures, periods, and textile types, mirroring the encyclopedic scope of the museum as a whole.
July 19–September 26 (weekdays only)
Ryerson and Burnham Libraries
Tracing the development of the museum’s Islamic collections and exhibitions, this presentation features archival documents, ephemera, and rare books.
Tracing the development of the museum’s Islamic collections and exhibitions, this presentation features archival documents, ephemera, and rare books.
Through October 2, 2016
Gallery 285
The first installment of this series presents iconic chairs by makers including Le Corbusier and Charlotte Perriand, Harry Bertoia, and Charles and Ray Eames.
The first installment of this series presents iconic chairs by makers including Le Corbusier and Charlotte Perriand, Harry Bertoia, and Charles and Ray Eames.
Through October 6, 2016
Bluhm Family Terrace
This installation by the Spanish sculptor thrusts viewers into the center of the drama, flipping the experience of viewer and viewed in an unsettling and captivating way.
This installation by the Spanish sculptor thrusts viewers into the center of the drama, flipping the experience of viewer and viewed in an unsettling and captivating way.
Through October 9, 2016
Galleries 217A–218
The loan of David’s painting "The Emperor Napoleon in His Study at the Tuileries" is displayed alongside related works on paper, paintings, and sculpture from the Art Institute’s collection.
The loan of David’s painting "The Emperor Napoleon in His Study at the Tuileries" is displayed alongside related works on paper, paintings, and sculpture from the Art Institute’s collection.
Through October 10, 2016
Gallery 219A
Part of the Shakespeare 400 Festival, this focused installation features three engravings of Shakespearian scenes by various artists emulating works by the renowned Gothic artist Henry Fuseli.
Part of the Shakespeare 400 Festival, this focused installation features three engravings of Shakespearian scenes by various artists emulating works by the renowned Gothic artist Henry Fuseli.
Through October 16, 2016
Gallery 186
Icelandic artist and musician Ragnar Kjartansson’s 2013–14 video features Brooklyn-based band the National performing its three-and-a-half minute ballad “Sorrow” on repeat for six hours.
Icelandic artist and musician Ragnar Kjartansson’s 2013–14 video features Brooklyn-based band the National performing its three-and-a-half minute ballad “Sorrow” on repeat for six hours.
Through October 16, 2016
Gallery 24
Drawings and plans for Mies van der Rohe's expansion to IIT's campus offer a view of this masterwork of modern architecture and planning in process.
Drawings and plans for Mies van der Rohe's expansion to IIT's campus offer a view of this masterwork of modern architecture and planning in process.
Through November 4, 2016
Galleries 202A–205A
This focused installation examines the famously dissolute and fabulously attired German mercenaries known as Landsknechte through arms, armor, and works on paper depicting the soldiers in action.
This focused installation examines the famously dissolute and fabulously attired German mercenaries known as Landsknechte through arms, armor, and works on paper depicting the soldiers in action.
Through November 6, 2016
Gallery 107
A first for the Art Institute’s Japanese print gallery, this exhibition of maps showcases an important facet of Japanese printmaking through a range of maps depicting both known and spiritual lands.
A first for the Art Institute’s Japanese print gallery, this exhibition of maps showcases an important facet of Japanese printmaking through a range of maps depicting both known and spiritual lands.
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 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.
Through Fall 2017
Gallery 168
This selection of over 20 Shaker objects made in the late 18th and 19th centuries exemplifies the craftsmanship synonymous with the influential utopian religious community.
This selection of over 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.