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Library Exhibitions

I'll Show You! Posters and Promos from Chicago's Famous Artists

September 4, 2018–January 7, 2019
(weekdays only)

Forever “Egypt”! Works from the Collection of Harold Allen

June 27–August 31, 2018
(weekdays only)

“Memoir of a City”: Selections from the David Garrard Lowe Historic Chicago Photograph Collection

April 10, 2018–June 15, 2018
(weekdays only)

Architect of Empires: Highlights from the Library of Pierre Fontaine

January 30, 2018–April 9, 2018
(weekdays only)

Selling Design: 27 Chicago Designers, 1936–1991

September 26, 2017–November 20, 2017 (weekdays only)

Constructing a Free Architecture: Bruce Goff in Chicago

April 25–July 10, 2017 (weekdays only)

Deering, Palmer, Harding, Ryerson: Major Donors of Medieval and Renaissance Art

February 14-April 24 (weekdays only)

Practice, Theory, and History: 150 Years of Educating Artists, Designers, and Scholars at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago

December 6, 2016–February 13, 2017

I Am the Sun

September 27–December 5, 2016

Islamic Art at the Art Institute: A Century of Exhibitions and Acquisitions

July 19–September 26

"Of What Use Are These Old Antiquated Things?": Antiquaries of England

May 10 through July 18

Van Gogh: In Search Of

February 16, 2016–May 9, 2016

Our Most Distinguished Outcast: Frank Lloyd Wright and Wendingen

December 15, 2015–February 12, 2016

"There Is Hardly a Book That Has Not Seen Hard Use": Books for Working Artists

October 13–December 14, 2015

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Tools of the Trade: 19th- and 20th-Century Architectural Trade Catalogs

August 4, 2015–October 12, 2015

Frances Stark: Intimism

May 19, 2015–August 3, 2015


Fragments on the Theory & Practice of Landscape Gardening by Humphry Repton.  London: T. Bensley and Son, 1816.

A Picturesque Ideal: The Art of Landscape and Garden Design

March 24, 2015–May 18, 2015

Decidedly Surreal: The Bindings of Mary Louise Reynolds

January 20–March 23, 2015

The Comic Art and Architecture of Chris Ware

November 11, 2014–January 19, 2015

De ou par René Magritte: Art in Belgium, 1920-1975

September 2–November 10, 2014

Around the World in Travel Sketches

June 17–September 1, 2014

Hired Hand

April 8–June 16, 2014

The Czech Avant-Garde Book

January 28–April 7, 2014

Devouring Books

November 19, 2013–January 27, 2014

What Vincent Saw

September 10–November 18, 2013

Fashion Plates: 19th Century Fashion Illustrations

July 2–September 9, 2013

1913: The Art Institute at the Time of the Armory Show

April 23–July 1, 2013
Related: The Armory Show

The Mark of Modernism: Published Picasso

February 12–April 22, 2013

New Books

December 4, 2012–February 11, 2013 

Burnham Library Centennial

September 25–December 3, 2012 

Modern Inkers

July 17–September 24, 2012 

In Succession: Contemporary Artists' Periodicals

May 8–July 16, 2012 

Beauty and the Book: 19th- and Early 20th-Century Folios on the Decorative Arts

February 28–May 7, 2012 

Irving Penn Archives


Rough, Blurred, and Out of Focus: Provoke Magazine and Postwar Japanese Photography

January 2–February 27, 2012

Architecture for Urbanism: Selections from the Bertrand Goldberg Archive

November 1, 2011–January 2, 2012

Design Inspiration: 19th-Century American Builders' Manuals and Pattern Books

September 6–November 1, 2011

Making History: Women of the Art Institute

July 5–September 5, 2011

Caricatures from the World's Columbian Exposition

May 10–July 1, 2011

Paper Architecture: Visionary Structures on the Printed Page

January 18–March 15, 2011 

Chicago: Lost & Found

April 13–June 15, 2010

Chicago Looks Ahead: 100 Years of Planning, 1909–2009

September 29–December 1, 2010

Without Bounds or Limits: An Online Exhibition of the Plan of Chicago


Copyright Law: Publishing Art and the Public Domain

April 15–June 10, 2008