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Current Exhibitions

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 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.
Through February 15, 2016
Galleries 150 and 154
This collaboration between the departments of Ancient and Byzantine Art and Prints and Drawings uses the figure of Dionysos to explore early printmakers’ responses to Classical antiquity.
This collaboration between the departments of Ancient and Byzantine Art and Prints and Drawings uses the figure of Dionysos to explore early printmakers’ responses to Classical antiquity.
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 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 6, 2015
Gallery 245
This exhibition brings together Vuillard's two largest paintings, "First Fruits" and "Window Overlooking the Woods," commissioned as a suite in 1899 and not seen together since 1950.
This exhibition brings together Vuillard's two largest paintings, "First Fruits" and "Window Overlooking the Woods," commissioned as a suite in 1899 and not seen together since 1950.
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 13, 2015
Trade literature—also known as trade, manufacturers’, or commercial catalogs—has been an indispensable tool of the architecture and design profession ever since its popularization in the late 19th
Trade literature—also known as trade, manufacturers’, or commercial catalogs—has been an indispensable tool of the architecture and design profession ever since its popularization in the late 19th
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.
August 21, 2015–Late January 2016
Galleries 57–59
The first exhibition at the Art Institute to feature the museum’s impressive collection of kesa, this presentation highlights both the range and exquisite intricacy of these textiles.
The first exhibition at the Art Institute to feature the museum’s impressive collection of kesa, this presentation highlights both the range and exquisite intricacy of these textiles.
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.