The Renaissance Society

The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago presents contemporary art exhibitions, events, and publications. “The Ren”—as we are known by many—is an independent, non-collecting museum driven by an uncompromising commitment to artists and their ideas.

For artists, we offer an unfettered platform for bold experimentation. Our work with artists frequently results in newly commissioned art, and these presentations in our gallery at the University of Chicago spur further scholarly and creative reflections in our publications and public programs.  Events—including artist talks, lectures, screenings, concerts, readings, and more—offer further opportunities for discovery and discussion. 

All exhibitions and events are free to attend.

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The Renaissance Society is a registered 501(c)(3). We are a member of Mod/Co, Common Field, and UChicago Arts, and we are an independent affiliate of the University of Chicago.

Image: Dala Nasser, Adonis River, installation view, 2023. Photo by Bob. 

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