Smart Museum of Art

Update, February 2021:

The Smart Museum of Art has begun planning for the safe resumption of public activities and is currently scheduled to reopen on April 8, 2021, offering timed reservations to visit the special exhibition Lust, Love, and Loss in Renaissance Europe

Throughout February and March, the Smart Museum will continue to offer a series of online programs, virtual experiences, and at-home art activities. The Museum will also continue to support UChicago student and faculty research and teaching with objects from the collection, by appointment with the Feitler Center for Academic Inquiry. At the same time, the Smart Museum and UChicago Facilities will use the coming weeks to complete the final phase of a multi-year project to modernize our HVAC system. 

In making our preparations, the Smart Museum will continue to monitor public health guidelines. Please check our website or social media channels for the latest updates on hours, reservations, and visitor protocols. 

We look forward to seeing you this spring!


The Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago is a site for rigorous inquiry and exchange that encourages the examination of complex issues through the lens of art objects and artistic practice. Through strong community and scholarly partnerships, the Museum incorporates diverse ideas, identities, and experiences into its exhibitions and collections, academic initiatives, and public programming.

Opening summer 2021, Toward Common Cause: Art, Social Change, and the MacArthur Fellows Program at 40 is a multi-site exhibition organized by the Smart Museum in collaboration with more than two dozen exhibition, programmatic, and research partner across the city. The exhibition encompasses a broad spectrum of contemporary artistic practice, and features work by 28 MacArthur Fellows. Learn more at

Visit the website for a complete list of current exhibitions and programs.

Image: Installation view: Take Care. From left to right: Suellen Rocca, Cha Cha Couple, 1967; Laura Letinsky, Untitled #6, 2009; and Kerry James Marshall, Slow Dance, 1992–1993.


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