Past Feature Exhibitions

Coming Away: Winslow Homer and England
March 1, 2018–May 20, 2018

Explore this pivotal moment in the career of America’s most important nineteenth-century painter, when he traveled to England to observe and capture life along the waterfront, changing the course of the rest of his career.


Degas to Picasso: Creating Modernism in France
November 4, 2017–January 28, 2018

Degas to Picasso: Creating Modernism in France tells the story of modern art as it evolved during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, through 150 works representing transformative movements such as Impressionism and Cubism. This exhibition focuses especially on drawings, shown alongside important paintings, sculptures, and prints, to highlight the crucial role that process and materials played in the experimentation and development of modern art.


Rashid Johnson: Hail We Now Sing Joy
June 23, 2017–September 17, 2017

Hail We Now Sing Joy presents new paintings and sculptures by Chicago native Rashid Johnson (b. 1977), who uses materials such as shea butter, black soap, and white ceramic tile to explore themes of race, identity, and escape. Fourteen works fill the exhibition space—their impact as monumental as their size. Antoine’s Organ, the largest of the artist’s architectural grid installations ever shown in the United States, conceals a piano that musicians will perform at scheduled times.


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Past Special Exhibitions

20182018 Scholastic Art Awards: Wisconsin Exhibition
February 3, 2018–March 18, 2018


TurningTurning to Turner
December 22, 2017–April 29, 2018


DesigningDesigning Paris: The Posters of Jules Chéret
December 15, 2017–April 29, 2018

JaimeJaime Hayon: Technicolor
December 8, 2017–March 25, 2018


AnthonyAnthony Hernandez
September 15, 2017–January 1, 2018

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