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Current Exhibitions

Through February 21, 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 May 3, 2016
Galleries 182–184
Member Preview: February 4, 10:30–5:00
Presenting over 100 drawings and prints as well as 12 sculptures, this exhibition offers an unprecedented look into Puryear's inspirations, methods, and transformative process.
Presenting over 100 drawings and prints as well as 12 sculptures, this exhibition offers an unprecedented look into Puryear's inspirations, methods, and transformative process.
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 February 14, 2016
Galleries 124–127
Featuring nearly 120 objects by artists who studied at SAIC, this exhibition showcases work by some of the most illustrious SAIC alumni as well as some whose tenures have been overlooked.
Featuring nearly 120 objects by artists who studied at SAIC, this exhibition showcases work by some of the most illustrious SAIC alumni as well as some whose tenures have been overlooked.
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 28, 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 February 28, 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.
Through March 27, 2016
Galleries 1–2
Examining how 19th-century photographs influenced Pictorialism, this exhibition ultimately shows Stieglitz and his circle in the context of a changing photographic history.
Examining how 19th-century photographs influenced Pictorialism, this exhibition ultimately shows Stieglitz and his circle in the context of a changing photographic history.
Through March 27, 2016
Gallery 24
An integral part of the historic plan’s enduring influence, Jules Guérin’s monumental watercolors constitute a powerful pictorial narrative about the nature and goals of urban change.
An integral part of the historic plan’s enduring influence, Jules Guérin’s monumental watercolors constitute a powerful pictorial narrative about the nature and goals of urban change.
Through March 27, 2016
Gallery 107
This exhibition features the most ephemeral of all Japanese prints: fans with printed images of popular kabuki actors, beauties, and landscapes.
This exhibition features the most ephemeral of all Japanese prints: fans with printed images of popular kabuki actors, beauties, and landscapes.
Through April 21, 2016
Bluhm Family Terrace
The first work by von Rydingsvard to be displayed at the Art Institute, this nearly 20-foot-tall sculpture is a commanding yet delicate form that manages to be monumental in both scale and detail.
The first work by von Rydingsvard to be displayed at the Art Institute, this nearly 20-foot-tall sculpture is a commanding yet delicate form that manages to be monumental in both scale and detail.
September 26, 2015–Spring 2016
Ryan Education Center
Inspired by the wide-ranging approach of architect David Adjaye, this installation in our interactive gallery offers a hands-on exploration of how architects use building materials to create form...
Inspired by the wide-ranging approach of architect David Adjaye, this installation in our interactive gallery offers a hands-on exploration of how architects use building materials to create form...
Through May 1, 2016
Gallery 188
The work of three Americans comes together in this show exploring the personal and all that it encompasses—personality, personhood, and what it means to be, or not be, able to be your own person.
The work of three Americans comes together in this show exploring the personal and all that it encompasses—personality, personhood, and what it means to be, or not be, able to be your own person.
October 1, 2015–May 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 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.