Mar 31st 2022

How has the environment shaped artistic practice, and how can artistic form teach us to understand our local and planetary environment in new ways?

The artworks presented in Unsettled Ground speak to a generative conversation between art and the environment—whether understood as natural, human, or something altogether more complex—across multiple scales of time and space. Drawing on photography, prints, sculpture, and mixed media works from the Smart Museum of Art’s permanent collection, this exhibition positions artists as astute observers of local, regional, and global ecologies, whose work offers new insight into our shared world.

Arthur Amiotte, Giovanni Castrucci (Attributed to), Mukul Dey, Mark Dion, Ruth Duckworth, Minnie Evans, Terry Evans, Walker Evans, Emile Gallé, Leonard Havens, Bertha Evelyn Jaques, Sheila Hicks, Yun-Fei Ji, Glasfabrik Johann Loetz Witwe, Eli Lotar and Jean Painlevé, Richard Misrach, Timothy H. O’Sullivan, Toshio Shibata, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Louis Comfort Tiffany, Johann Heinrich Wilhelm Tischbein, H. C. Westermann, and Joseph E. Yoakum.

Opening Celebration
Thursday, March 31, 5–7 pm
A special celebration marking the opening of Unsettled Ground. Enjoy food, drink, conversation, and gallery talks led by the UChicago student curators.

Image: H. C. Westermann, Deserted Airport N.M., from the portfolio: The Connecticut Ballroom, 1975, Four-color woodcut on Natsume wove paper. Smart Museum of Art, The University of Chicago, The H. C. Westermann Study Collection, Gift of the Estate of Joanna Beall Westermann, 2002.241.

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