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Library Exhibitions

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

October 13–December 14, 2015
On display

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

August 4, 2015–October 12, 2015
Online exhibit coming soon

Frances Stark: Intimism

May 19, 2015–August 3, 2015

A Picturesque Ideal: The Art of Landscape and Garden Design

March 24, 2015–May 18, 2015
Online exhibit coming soon

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