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Current Exhibitions

Through June 21, 2015
Regenstein Hall
Member Preview: March 15–16
Presenting 300 objects drawn from collections across North America, this exhibition is the first to explore the rich and complex art and culture of Ireland during the long 18th century.
Presenting 300 objects drawn from collections across North America, this exhibition is the first to explore the rich and complex art and culture of Ireland during the long 18th century.
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 May 31, 2015
Galleries 125–127
Prints, book illustrations, and other works on paper showcase the eerie effects and seductive textures made possible by the versatile mezzotint medium.
Prints, book illustrations, and other works on paper showcase the eerie effects and seductive textures made possible by the versatile mezzotint medium.
Through May 31, 2015
Gallery 124
This selection of works—many on view for the first time—include examples of Cortor's signature Woman and Dance prints, his hybrid woodblock prints, and his experimental “abattoir” works.
This selection of works—many on view for the first time—include examples of Cortor's signature Woman and Dance prints, his hybrid woodblock prints, and his experimental “abattoir” works.
September 2014–May 2015
A nine-month season of events celebrating photography at the Art Institute of Chicago
A nine-month season of events celebrating photography at the Art Institute of Chicago
Through June 5, 2015
Gallery 134
This installation presents a sampling of Chinese paintings inspired by anecdotes, legends, and imaginary perceptions of distant or spiritual realms.
This installation presents a sampling of Chinese paintings inspired by anecdotes, legends, and imaginary perceptions of distant or spiritual realms.
Through June 21, 2015
Gallery 107
This first collaboration between the departments of Prints and Drawings and Asian Art brings together works from both collections to explore the printed traditions fostered by devotional practices.
This first collaboration between the departments of Prints and Drawings and Asian Art brings together works from both collections to explore the printed traditions fostered by devotional practices.
Through June 28, 2015
Gallery 109
Highlights from the museum's Korean painting collection demonstrate the various meanings these artworks carried—from simple wishes for fortune to representations of scholarly ideals.
Highlights from the museum's Korean painting collection demonstrate the various meanings these artworks carried—from simple wishes for fortune to representations of scholarly ideals.
Through July 5, 2015
Gallery 24
This exhibition explores the designs of architect Milton Schwartz, whose midcentury high-rises, hotels, and restaurants helped to shape modern American skylines from Chicago to Las Vegas.
This exhibition explores the designs of architect Milton Schwartz, whose midcentury high-rises, hotels, and restaurants helped to shape modern American skylines from Chicago to Las Vegas.
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 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 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.
Late April–October 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.
Ongoing
Gallery 201
Newly cleaned, conserved, and dramatically transformed, this world-famous icon of the Art Institute’s celebrated Impressionist collection returns to the galleries.
Newly cleaned, conserved, and dramatically transformed, this world-famous icon of the Art Institute’s celebrated Impressionist collection returns to the galleries.
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.