Smart Museum of ArtHyde Park | Website
The University of Chicago's primary art collection is housed at the Smart. It includes paintings, sculpture and decorative arts from ancient China, medieval and Renaissance Europe and many successive periods in the history of art. This bright and attractive gallery, with its many rare and priceless works, also provides a glimpse of more modern artistic highlights. Among them are paintings by the Chicago Imagists, a mid-20th Century movement that has had a continuing influence on contemporary art. Temporary exhibits at the Smart often provide a look at how art illuminates other academic fields, from Chinese poetry to political cartoons of the French Revolution to the art collection of Sigmund Freud. The Smart has always been a place where esoteric scholarly interests are made accessible to the general public. It became even moreso in late 1999 when it was remodeled to make more efficient use of space.