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Current Exhibitions

Through April 29, 2018
Galleries 182–84
This ongoing drawing and embroidery series collects histories and personal experiences that continue to emerge from the current humanitarian and political crises in Syria and the Middle East.
This ongoing drawing and embroidery series collects histories and personal experiences that continue to emerge from the current humanitarian and political crises in Syria and the Middle East.
Through May 13, 2018
Regenstein Hall
Member Preview: February 24
Featuring over 180 objects in various media, this exhibition is the first to study in depth the tradition of collecting ancient Chinese bronzes, offering a new understanding of these revered objects...
Featuring over 180 objects in various media, this exhibition is the first to study in depth the tradition of collecting ancient Chinese bronzes, offering a new understanding of these revered objects...
Now Open
Galleries 235–239
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 22, 2018
Gallery 1
This exhibition presents five series—from the 1870s to the present—that exemplify the power of clothing to shape identities in front of the camera.
This exhibition presents five series—from the 1870s to the present—that exemplify the power of clothing to shape identities in front of the camera.
Through May 13, 2018
Griffin Court
This installation brings together five of the contemporary Chinese artist’s Plexiglas panels, or "calligraphic paintings"—color-infused abstractions of well-known poems from the 8th through 16th...
This installation brings together five of the contemporary Chinese artist’s Plexiglas panels, or "calligraphic paintings"—color-infused abstractions of well-known poems from the 8th through 16th...
Through May 28, 2018
Galleries 204–204A
Nearly 30 manuscript illuminations present a fascinating microcosm of medieval Europe—from the sacred context of the great Gothic cathedrals to the cosmopolitan culture of the sunlit Italian courts.
Nearly 30 manuscript illuminations present a fascinating microcosm of medieval Europe—from the sacred context of the great Gothic cathedrals to the cosmopolitan culture of the sunlit Italian courts.
Through June 15, 2018
Ryerson and Burnham Libraries (weekdays only)
Selections from author and historian David Garrard Lowe’s recent gift of rare historic photographs, many previously unpublished, offer a picture of a “lost” Chicago.
Selections from author and historian David Garrard Lowe’s recent gift of rare historic photographs, many previously unpublished, offer a picture of a “lost” Chicago.
Through June 24, 2018
Galleries 101, 108–9, 130, 132, and 134–35
Created for the Art Institute, this installation of a set of painted pillars and a number of monumental landscape paintings transports viewers to a natural and mystical realm.
Created for the Art Institute, this installation of a set of painted pillars and a number of monumental landscape paintings transports viewers to a natural and mystical realm.
Through July 1, 2018
Gallery 107
The often haunting portrait prints of Onchi Kōshirō and Saitō Kiyoshi highlight the midcentury sōsaku hanga movement.
The often haunting portrait prints of Onchi Kōshirō and Saitō Kiyoshi highlight the midcentury sōsaku hanga movement.
Through August 26, 2018
Gallery 283
The inaugural installment of the Franke/Herro Design Series, this exhibition presents chairs and stools by British designer Max Lamb, along with photographs, maquettes, tools, and videos illustrating...
The inaugural installment of the Franke/Herro Design Series, this exhibition presents chairs and stools by British designer Max Lamb, along with photographs, maquettes, tools, and videos illustrating...
Through September 3, 2018
Galleries 124–27
Presenting a lesser-known side of the Abstract Expressionist, this exhibition includes more than 50 prints from the Art Institute’s catalogue of her production at Universal Limited Art Editions.
Presenting a lesser-known side of the Abstract Expressionist, this exhibition includes more than 50 prints from the Art Institute’s catalogue of her production at Universal Limited Art Editions.
Now Open
Gallery 285
A new installation of the museum’s collection of 20th- and 21st-century architecture and design works presents the two as an integrated, ever-changing, and multilayered experience.
A new installation of the museum’s collection of 20th- and 21st-century architecture and design works presents the two as an integrated, ever-changing, and multilayered experience.
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.