The Renaissance Society

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

Our current exhibition program focuses on four exhibitions each year, interspersed with live performances, that offer artists the time, space, resources, and freedom vital  for ambitious experimentation and risk-taking. Our work with artists frequently results  in newly commissioned art, and their presentations in our 3,000 sq. ft. gallery spur  further scholarly and creative reflections in our publications and public programs. 

Visitors find a uniquely intimate and experimental platform for encountering artistic  events—including artist talks, lectures, screenings, concerts, readings, and more—  creating further opportunities for discovery and discussion both in person and online.  We maintain robust archives, which can be accessed on site by appointment. 

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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: Matthew Metzger, Heirloom, Installation View, Renaissance Society, 2021. Photo: Useful Services.



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