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Current Exhibitions

Through April 30, 2017
Galleries 1–4 and 10
This exhibition is the first to provide a thorough history of the Provoke movement and to draw out the many connections between photography, political protest, and performance in postwar Japan.
This exhibition is the first to provide a thorough history of the Provoke movement and to draw out the many connections between photography, political protest, and performance in postwar Japan.
Through April 30, 2017
Gallery 188
This exhibition recreates for the first time Provoke artist’s 1971 installation for the Paris Biennale, in which he covered a 15-meter span with nearly 600 photographs over a weeklong period.
This exhibition recreates for the first time Provoke artist’s 1971 installation for the Paris Biennale, in which he covered a 15-meter span with nearly 600 photographs over a weeklong period.
Through May 7, 2017
Galleries 125–127
This exhibition explores a pivotal time in the development of abstraction in South America, as artists reimagined the international discourse on modernity in response to local concerns.
This exhibition explores a pivotal time in the development of abstraction in South America, as artists reimagined the international discourse on modernity in response to local concerns.
Through May 7, 2017
Regenstein Hall
Member Preview: February 16–17
The first U.S. retrospective of the Brazilian artist's achievements traces his career from early works influenced by European Modernism to large-scale installations meant to be experienced.
The first U.S. retrospective of the Brazilian artist's achievements traces his career from early works influenced by European Modernism to large-scale installations meant to be experienced.
Through May 21, 2017
Gallery 272
Whistler’s iconic painting returns to Chicago for the first time in over 60 years in a focused installation of 25 objects: paintings, prints, drawings, posters, and other ephemera.
Whistler’s iconic painting returns to Chicago for the first time in over 60 years in a focused installation of 25 objects: paintings, prints, drawings, posters, and other ephemera.
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Through June 4, 2017
Galleries 182–184
The second installment of "The Modern Series" examines how artists across disciplines have responded to the increased speed of life from the late 19th through the mid-20th century.
The second installment of "The Modern Series" examines how artists across disciplines have responded to the increased speed of life from the late 19th through the mid-20th century.
Through July 9, 2017
Gallery 186 and Gallery 289
This major survey of the work of Chinese artist Zhang Peili traces his practice from his earliest experiments with video in the late 1980s to new digital formats in the 2000s.
This major survey of the work of Chinese artist Zhang Peili traces his practice from his earliest experiments with video in the late 1980s to new digital formats in the 2000s.
Through January 3, 2018
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.
Now Open
Galleries 235–239
Member Preview: March 18–19
Hundreds of objects from the Middle Ages and Renaissance—monumental altarpieces, exquisite jewelry, and the beloved arms and armor collection—return in a sumptuous, immersive display.
Hundreds of objects from the Middle Ages and Renaissance—monumental altarpieces, exquisite jewelry, and the beloved arms and armor collection—return in a sumptuous, immersive display.
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 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 July 9, 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 July 10, 2017
Ryerson and Burnham Libraries (weekdays only)
This exhibition explores the work of architect Bruce Goff in the Chicago area, focusing on a formative period between 1934 and 1942 when he lived in the city.
This exhibition explores the work of architect Bruce Goff in the Chicago area, focusing on a formative period between 1934 and 1942 when he lived in the city.
Through July 23, 2017
Gallery 107
This exhibition comprises Japanese prints purchased from Frank Lloyd Wright, photos of the 1908 exhibition that Wright designed for the Art Institute, and drawings by Prairie School members.
This exhibition comprises Japanese prints purchased from Frank Lloyd Wright, photos of the 1908 exhibition that Wright designed for the Art Institute, and drawings by Prairie School members.
Through September 17, 2017
Galleries 57–59
This presentation explores the richly patterned wax-resist textiles known as batiks, their flourishing in the Indonesian island of Java, and their many inspirations and functions.
This presentation explores the richly patterned wax-resist textiles known as batiks, their flourishing in the Indonesian island of Java, and their many inspirations and functions.
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.
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.