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Current Exhibitions

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 October 28, 2018
Galleries 1–4
Providing a poetic survey of photographers and filmmakers who worked in neighborhoods across the city from the 1950s through the 1970s, this portrait of Chicago speaks to its allure and its brutality.
Providing a poetic survey of photographers and filmmakers who worked in neighborhoods across the city from the 1950s through the 1970s, this portrait of Chicago speaks to its allure and its brutality.
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.
Through December 31, 2018
Gallery 188
This installation by South African artist James Webb features recorded prayers from every faith and spiritual affinity in Chicago.
This installation by South African artist James Webb features recorded prayers from every faith and spiritual affinity in Chicago.
Through December 31, 2018
Gallery 186
Rosalind Nashashibi’s film depicts the relationship between artists Elisabeth Wild and Vivian Suter—mother and daughter—in the connected houses they share in a jungle garden in Panajachel, Guatemala.
Rosalind Nashashibi’s film depicts the relationship between artists Elisabeth Wild and Vivian Suter—mother and daughter—in the connected houses they share in a jungle garden in Panajachel, Guatemala.
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.
Through January 6, 2019
Galleries 124–27 and 268–73
The first major exhibition dedicated to the Hairy Who—the self-named group of six Chicago artists—explores how the group's distinct aesthetic transformed the art landscape of Chicago.
The first major exhibition dedicated to the Hairy Who—the self-named group of six Chicago artists—explores how the group's distinct aesthetic transformed the art landscape of Chicago.
Through January 6, 2019
Galleries 57–59
A wide range of textiles—from the 17th through the 20th century and from across the world—explore the various ways artists engage with, interpret, and express rhythm to create multisensory aesthetics.
A wide range of textiles—from the 17th through the 20th century and from across the world—explore the various ways artists engage with, interpret, and express rhythm to create multisensory aesthetics.
Through January 7, 2019
Ryerson and Burnham Libraries (weekdays only)
This exhibition highlights a recent gift of gallery posters from the collection of Gladys Nilsson and Jim Nutt—two artists of the Hairy Who.
This exhibition highlights a recent gift of gallery posters from the collection of Gladys Nilsson and Jim Nutt—two artists of the Hairy Who.
Through January 10, 2019
Gallery 293B
This focused exhibition of works by Ellen Gallagher underscores the themes of transparency and aspiration present throughout her multilayered paintings and collages.
This focused exhibition of works by Ellen Gallagher underscores the themes of transparency and aspiration present throughout her multilayered paintings and collages.
Through January 27, 2019
Griffin Court
Argentine-Swiss artist Vivian Suter presents an installation of large-scale abstract paintings that mirror the surroundings of her own home and studio: the Guatemalan rainforest.
Argentine-Swiss artist Vivian Suter presents an installation of large-scale abstract paintings that mirror the surroundings of her own home and studio: the Guatemalan rainforest.
Through February 3, 2019
Gallery 283
Canadian David Hartt’s photographic series of iconic contemporary buildings explores the dichotomy between the daily experience of a building and the architect’s original design concept.
Canadian David Hartt’s photographic series of iconic contemporary buildings explores the dichotomy between the daily experience of a building and the architect’s original design concept.
Through February 10, 2019
Gallery 107
A companion to "Painting the Floating World," this exhibition presents ukiyo-e prints and paintings from the museum’s collection.
A companion to "Painting the Floating World," this exhibition presents ukiyo-e prints and paintings from the museum’s collection.
Through June 30, 2019
Gallery 50
This intimate display of jeweled objects from Bukhara—promised gifts from Barbara and David Kipper—showcases the extraordinary artistry and rich meaning behind the emirate’s elaborate jewelry.
This intimate display of jeweled objects from Bukhara—promised gifts from Barbara and David Kipper—showcases the extraordinary artistry and rich meaning behind the emirate’s elaborate jewelry.
Through July 14, 2019
Bluhm Family Terrace
This bronze sculpture of a horse skeleton with a bow that displays the market prices of local stock exchanges raises questions about the connections between art, power, money, politics, and business.
This bronze sculpture of a horse skeleton with a bow that displays the market prices of local stock exchanges raises questions about the connections between art, power, money, politics, and business.
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.