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Current Exhibitions

June 7, 2014September 21, 2014
Galleries 182–184
Member Preview: June 5–6
The first US retrospective of this Czech-born Magnum photographer since 1988 features the artist’s own vintage prints, plus period books, magazines, and significant unpublished materials.
The first US retrospective of this Czech-born Magnum photographer since 1988 features the artist’s own vintage prints, plus period books, magazines, and significant unpublished materials.
June 28, 2014September 28, 2014
Galleries 1–4
Focusing on Steichen’s straightforward, information-based approach to photography, this exhibition includes an album of over 80 World War I aerial photographs as well as iconic celebrity portraits.
Focusing on Steichen’s straightforward, information-based approach to photography, this exhibition includes an album of over 80 World War I aerial photographs as well as iconic celebrity portraits.
July 4, 2014October 12, 2014
Gallery 124A
This focused installation presents five works from a recent gift—each capturing a distinct style and working method—alongside three works already in the museum’s collection.
This focused installation presents five works from a recent gift—each capturing a distinct style and working method—alongside three works already in the museum’s collection.
July 4, 2014October 12, 2014
Galleries 124–127
These more than 100 works from the Art Institute’s rich holdings illustrate the international influence of this progressive Mexico City–based print collective.
These more than 100 works from the Art Institute’s rich holdings illustrate the international influence of this progressive Mexico City–based print collective.
June 24, 2014October 13, 2014
Regenstein Hall
Member Preview: June 21–23
This is the first major museum exhibition to focus exclusively on the breakthrough years of René Magritte, creator of some of the 20th century’s most extraordinary images.
This is the first major museum exhibition to focus exclusively on the breakthrough years of René Magritte, creator of some of the 20th century’s most extraordinary images.
April 5, 2014January 4, 2015
Gallery 286
This exhibition surveys Chicago’s rich urban history and explores contemporary approaches to five Chicagoisms—key historical principles that have powered the city’s distinctive evolution.
This exhibition surveys Chicago’s rich urban history and explores contemporary approaches to five Chicagoisms—key historical principles that have powered the city’s distinctive evolution.
Ongoing
Galleries 389–399
Member Preview: April 16–17
The Art Institute’s renowned collection of modern art returns to its home on the third floor of the Modern Wing with new acquisitions and loans and a new interpretive program.
The Art Institute’s renowned collection of modern art returns to its home on the third floor of the Modern Wing with new acquisitions and loans and a new interpretive program.
May 14, 2014October 5, 2014
Bluhm Family Terrace
Iranian-born, Berlin-based sculptor Nairy Baghramian’s site-specific works offer a tranquil horizontal complement to the arresting verticals of the Chicago skyline.
Iranian-born, Berlin-based sculptor Nairy Baghramian’s site-specific works offer a tranquil horizontal complement to the arresting verticals of the Chicago skyline.
July 19, 2014October 5, 2014
Gallery 107
This rich selection of Onchi's prints showcases the artist's pioneering efforts and innovation in producing abstract designs, many of which sprang from his love for poetry.
This rich selection of Onchi's prints showcases the artist's pioneering efforts and innovation in producing abstract designs, many of which sprang from his love for poetry.
May 13, 2014October 15, 2014
Gallery 205A
This selection of prints featuring Renaissance artists' attempts to understand ancient sculpture and recreate lost paintings underscores the period's deep investment in the past.
This selection of prints featuring Renaissance artists' attempts to understand ancient sculpture and recreate lost paintings underscores the period's deep investment in the past.
September 2, 2014November 10, 2014
Ryerson and Burnham Libraries
Featuring books, periodicals and other materials, this exhibition explores Magritte’s Belgian cultural milieu and the literary and artistic aspects of Surrealism in Belgium.
Featuring books, periodicals and other materials, this exhibition explores Magritte’s Belgian cultural milieu and the literary and artistic aspects of Surrealism in Belgium.
Ongoing
Ryan Education Center
Participate in the rich history of the still-life tradition with this experimental gallery installation by creating your own still life.
Participate in the rich history of the still-life tradition with this experimental gallery installation by creating your own still life.
September 12, 2014December 7, 2014
Gallery 291
This installation pairs one painting and sculptural work by Guyton, both constituted by and carrying with them a prior context.
This installation pairs one painting and sculptural work by Guyton, both constituted by and carrying with them a prior context.
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.
June 13, 2014January 4, 2015
Galleries 57–59
This exhibition showcases 39 works that illustrate the modernist sensibilities and historical traditions of Ethel Stein’s deceptively simple drawloom weavings.
This exhibition showcases 39 works that illustrate the modernist sensibilities and historical traditions of Ethel Stein’s deceptively simple drawloom weavings.
September 18, 2014January 4, 2015
Gallery 188
Taken from news photographs of people jumping or falling off buildings, this group of 14 large-scale images marries Conceptualism with high drama and helped define the Pictures Generation.
Taken from news photographs of people jumping or falling off buildings, this group of 14 large-scale images marries Conceptualism with high drama and helped define the Pictures Generation.
September 13, 2014January 25, 2015
Gallery 24
Architectural models and renderings by Brooklyn-based architects SO-IL showcase the firm’s innovative process in reinventing the traditional white-cube gallery space.
Architectural models and renderings by Brooklyn-based architects SO-IL showcase the firm’s innovative process in reinventing the traditional white-cube gallery space.
August 8, 2014February 6, 2015
Gallery 294
This chalkboard, created during a visit to Chicago in 1974, maps the connections Beuys perceived between the spiritual, social, and natural worlds.
This chalkboard, created during a visit to Chicago in 1974, maps the connections Beuys perceived between the spiritual, social, and natural worlds.
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
Ongoing
Gallery 15
More than 800 paperweights, including for the first time a selection of contemporary works, are featured in the newly expanded gallery.
More than 800 paperweights, including for the first time a selection of contemporary works, are featured in the newly expanded gallery.
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 295
This ongoing presentation features outstanding examples of Cy Twombly’s sculpture made between 1948 and 1995.
This ongoing presentation features outstanding examples of Cy Twombly’s sculpture made between 1948 and 1995.