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Current Exhibitions

Through September 10, 2017
Regenstein Hall
Member Preview: June 22–24
This exhibition is the most in-depth examination to date of the artist’s radical experiments in painting, sculpture, printmaking, and furniture design.
This exhibition is the most in-depth examination to date of the artist’s radical experiments in painting, sculpture, printmaking, and furniture design.
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 September 4, 2017
Galleries 182–184
This exhibition examines the recent work of Helena Almeida as she engages in an experimental choreography, exploring the body's malleability.
This exhibition examines the recent work of Helena Almeida as she engages in an experimental choreography, exploring the body's malleability.
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
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 September 18, 2017
Ryerson and Burnham Libraries (weekdays only)
Featuring architectural treatises and publications from the 16th to18th century, this exhibition explores the work of Jesuit architect, painter, and scenographer Andrea Pozzo.
Featuring architectural treatises and publications from the 16th to18th century, this exhibition explores the work of Jesuit architect, painter, and scenographer Andrea Pozzo.
Through October 1, 2017
Gallery 186
Steve McQueen structures 13 hours of FBI files on Paul Robeson in the manner of the rolling credits at the conclusion of a feature film.
Steve McQueen structures 13 hours of FBI files on Paul Robeson in the manner of the rolling credits at the conclusion of a feature film.
Through October 8, 2017
Gallery 107
These works from the permanent collection demonstrate the many ways Japanese print designers capture the night in print.
These works from the permanent collection demonstrate the many ways Japanese print designers capture the night in print.
Through October 15, 2017
Bluhm Family Terrace
This installation of a single snowman encased in a refrigerated vitrine on the sun-filled terrace creates a paradoxical situation that is at once playful and challenging.
This installation of a single snowman encased in a refrigerated vitrine on the sun-filled terrace creates a paradoxical situation that is at once playful and challenging.
Through October 29, 2017
Galleries 125–127
As a cartoonist and independent artist, Saul Steinberg crafted a rich and ever-evolving idiom, giving graphic definition to the postwar age.
As a cartoonist and independent artist, Saul Steinberg crafted a rich and ever-evolving idiom, giving graphic definition to the postwar age.
Through October 29, 2017
Gallery 124
In this series of 57 drawings, Cauleen Smith proposes a new canon of humanistic literacy that is both personal and idiosyncratic.
In this series of 57 drawings, Cauleen Smith proposes a new canon of humanistic literacy that is both personal and idiosyncratic.
Through October 29, 2017
Galleries 1–4 and 10
As one of only a handful of American curators specializing in photography at that time, Hugh Edwards helped shape the field in Chicago and across the country.
As one of only a handful of American curators specializing in photography at that time, Hugh Edwards helped shape the field in Chicago and across the country.
Through December 3, 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.
Through March 4, 2018
Galleries 101A, 140–43
Eight large triptychs from the "Indian Civilization" series, the last works of M. F. Husain, celebrate India’s rich and diverse culture and history.
Eight large triptychs from the "Indian Civilization" series, the last works of M. F. Husain, celebrate India’s rich and diverse culture and history.
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.