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Research Initiatives


Research is at the heart of every activity at the Art Institute of Chicago: building and caring for our collection, organizing exhibitions, producing scholarly publications, and presenting new and engaging information to our public.
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Driven by the museum’s 11 curatorial departments in collaboration with the museum’s conservation and science department, the Ryerson and Burnham Libraries and Archives, and the publishing department, research forms the foundation of the Art Institute’s reputation for innovation and scholarship.


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