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Library Exhibitions

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