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Current Exhibitions

Through January 29, 2017
Galleries 124–127
This celebration of drawings acquired over the last quarter-century presents works of Swiss, German, and Austrian Romanticism; Belgian Symbolism; French Impressionism; and 20th-century American art.
This celebration of drawings acquired over the last quarter-century presents works of Swiss, German, and Austrian Romanticism; Belgian Symbolism; French Impressionism; and 20th-century American art.
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.
Ongoing
Galleries 288, 290–299
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 January 29, 2017
Gallery 107
Spanning nearly 250 years, this selection of prints showcases the simple and striking use of dark ink on paper from the years before color printing.
Spanning nearly 250 years, this selection of prints showcases the simple and striking use of dark ink on paper from the years before color printing.
Through February 13, 2017
Ryerson and Burnham Libraries (weekdays only)
Exploring art education, free speech, and student life, this exhibition offers a look at the student experience at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago from its origin to the present day.
Exploring art education, free speech, and student life, this exhibition offers a look at the student experience at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago from its origin to the present day.
Through March 5, 2017
Gallery 24
One of Chicago’s great design stories emerged from the Container Corporation of America (CCA) in the middle of the 20th century.
One of Chicago’s great design stories emerged from the Container Corporation of America (CCA) in the middle of the 20th century.
Through March 19, 2017
Galleries 57–59
Featuring 42 velvets from the 19th century to the present, this exhibition examines the effects of industry on the design and production of a fabric long associated with status and luxury.
Featuring 42 velvets from the 19th century to the present, this exhibition examines the effects of industry on the design and production of a fabric long associated with status and luxury.
Through March 26, 2017
Gallery 186
Three recently acquired videos by Los Angeles–based artist Rodney McMillian (born 1969) represent the last decade of the artist’s work, exploring themes of class, gender, race, social history, and...
Three recently acquired videos by Los Angeles–based artist Rodney McMillian (born 1969) represent the last decade of the artist’s work, exploring themes of class, gender, race, social history, and...
Through April 23, 2017
Bluhm Family Terrace
For his first installation in Chicago, sculptor Richard Nonas uses materials usually reserved for demarcating space in a large-scale composition that alters and expands our sense of place.
For his first installation in Chicago, sculptor Richard Nonas uses materials usually reserved for demarcating space in a large-scale composition that alters and expands our sense of place.
Through April 30, 2017
Gallery 134
This focused presentation of 17th- and 18th-century Chinese handscrolls examines the many meanings images of plants and animals could convey.
This focused presentation of 17th- and 18th-century Chinese handscrolls examines the many meanings images of plants and animals could convey.
Through June 11, 2017
Gallery 286
For this series exploring critical issues within architecture and design, the New York–based group WBYA? presents research related to migrant workers and the global construction industry.
For this series exploring critical issues within architecture and design, the New York–based group WBYA? presents research related to migrant workers and the global construction industry.
Through June 25, 2017
Gallery 285
This exhibition features three provocative episodes or vignettes: the modern chair, the emergence of postmodern design, and contemporary identity systems in graphic design.
This exhibition features three provocative episodes or vignettes: the modern chair, the emergence of postmodern design, and contemporary identity systems in graphic design.
Through June 2017
Interactive Gallery, Ryan Learning Center
Get inspired to redecorate a life-sized Thorne Room or to create your own miniature space in this interactive family exhibition.
Get inspired to redecorate a life-sized Thorne Room or to create your own miniature space in this interactive family exhibition.
Through Fall 2017
Gallery 168
This selection of more than 20 Shaker objects made in the late 18th and 19th centuries exemplifies the craftsmanship synonymous with the influential utopian religious community.
This selection of more than 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.