Current and Upcoming Exhibitions and Programs

Current Exhibitions 

[Alfredo Jaar, "A Logo For America", 1987. Film still from digital color video, with sound, 10_25 min. Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Lelong & Co., NY.]

Alfredo Jaar: This Is Not America (A Logo for America)
July 15, 2021–January 29, 2022

As part of Toward Common Cause, one of Alfredo Jaar’s better-known works, This Is Not America (A Logo for America) (1987/2014/2016), is presented at the SAIC Galleries. Visible from the street, the project features a sequence of projections which were originally displayed on a light board in Times Square, New York. While this project was first realized in 1987, in recent years it has been recreated in New York (2014) and London (2016).

This work by Alfredo Jaar is presented by the Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, as part of the initiative Toward Common Cause: Art, Social Change, and the MacArthur Fellows Program at 40, which is organized by the Smart Museum of Art in collaboration with exhibition, programmatic, and research partners across Chicago.

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Upcoming Exhibitions and Programs

Tender Irritant
Claire Ashley, Judith Brotman, and Cameron Clayborn
December 20, 2021 – January 12, 2022

A collaborative project by SAIC faculty members Claire Ashley and Judith Brotman, and SAIC alum Cameron Clayborn, and a satellite to their exhibition at Columbia College’s Glass Curtain Gallery, Tender Irritant will be viewable through the street-level windows of SAIC Galleries from December 24 to January 3. In-gallery visits will be available by appointment December 20–23 and January 4–12.

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I Invited Myself, Vol. 1
Eiko Otake Residency
January 26 – February 5, 2022

Renowned artist Eiko Otake, working closely with her co-curator Elise Butterfield, will use the entire Lower Level 1 Galleries to explore new possibilities of exhibiting her performance-based practice together with her media works.

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2022 Post-Baccalaureate Annual
January 28 – February 4, 2022

This presentation features the work of students completing the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Studio at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

MAATC Exhibition 2022
January 28 – February 4, 2022

This exhibition represents a culmination of the Master of Arts in Art Therapy and Counseling program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Graduate Exhibition One
March 3 – 9, 2022

Graduate Exhibition One is the first of two graduate exhibitions this spring and presents new and innovative work by 39 of SAIC's Master of Fine Arts candidates. 

IMPACT Performance Festival
March 5 & 6, 2022

The IMPACT Performance Festival showcases work by MFA and BFA students who are completing their degrees this year. This year's festival will take place at SAIC Galleries, 33 E. Washington St. 

Spring 2022 Undergraduate Exhibition
April 9–16, 2022

SAIC students completing Undergraduate degrees at SAIC this spring exhibit their innovative work.

Graduate Exhibition Two
May 14 – 21, 2022

Graduate Exhibition Two presents new and ambitious work by more than 100 Master of Fine Arts, Master of Design, and Master of Architecture candidates.