Smart Museum of Art establishes Feitler Center for Academic Inquiry

The Smart Museum of Art is launching a center focused on integrating object-driven inquiry throughout the University of Chicago.

The Feitler Center for Academic Inquiry will provide a new resource for UChicago students, artists and faculty across disciplines—from art history to the physical sciences. It will be a destination for scholars and community members to engage in interdisciplinary research, learning and conversations driven by the study and experience of original works of art.

Claudia Brittenham Awarded NEH Fellowship

Claudia Brittenham, Associate Professor of Art History and the College has received a National Endowment for the Humanities award for the 2018-2019 academic year. Brittenham plans to use her fellowship to finish her book project, “Unseen Art: Memory, Vision, and Power in Ancient Mesoamerica. Brittenham’s book will examine the conditions under which ancient art was viewed and experienced, focusing particularly on ancient practices opposed to modern models of museum display.

Down with Monuments?

Down with Monuments? On the Making and Unmaking of Public Monuments

Nature, Gardens, and Landscape

Urban Art and the Block: Nature, Gardens, and Landscape

In the format of a conversation, participants will speak to how the role of aesthetics in their practice/work intersects with their interest in gardens, landscape, and urban nature.

Dinner will be served, and space is limited.

Currency Exchange Cafe, 305 E Garfield Blvd, Chicago, IL 60637

Places - Making, Unmaking, and Unmasking

Urban Art and the Block: Places - Making, Unmaking, and Unmasking

Film Screening by David Schalliol

Urban Art and the Block: Film Screening of Selections from The Area by David Schalliol in conversation with Jacqueline Stewart

Evening film-screening of selections from David Schalliol’s The Area followed by David in conversation with Jackie Stewart. The Area is a documentary film about the recent displacement of a South Side Chicago neighborhood demolished to make way for an intermodal freight yard.


Popularized Landscapes: Pictures of Landscape in Tombs in Yuan China (1271—1368)

Professor DENG Fei, Associate Researcher in Chinese Art History, National Institute of Advanced Humanistic Studies, Fudan University | Visiting Scholar, Harvard-Yenching Institute

VMPEA: Noriko Murai

Current Encounters: Water Imagery in John La Farge and Okakura Kakuzō

Professor Noriko Murai, Associate Professor of Art History, Sophia University

VMPEA: Jiayi Zhu

Architecture and/or Miniature? – The Informative Ambiguity of the Zhakou White Pagoda

Jiayi Zhu, Ph.D. Student, Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations

VMPEA: Zhiyan Yang

Modern Architecture 近代建筑 in China and its Contemporary Legacy: Learning from a Historical Survey 普查(1987-1991)

Zhiyan Yang, Ph.D. Candidate, Art History