February 16, 2017 - June 11, 2017
Classicism, as an aesthetic ideal, is often associated with a conventional set of rules founded on supposedly timeless notions such as order, reason, and decorum. But classicism is actually far from a stable concept.
Organized by the Smart Museum of Art and informed by the perspectives of scholars from across the University of Chicago, Classicisms explodes the idea of classicism as an unchanging ideal. Through 70 diverse objects—paintings, ancient and modern sculpture, cast plaster replicas, photographs, drawings, and prints—the exhibition traces classicism’s meanings across the centuries from varying artistic, cultural, and ideological perspectives to reveal a multifaceted concept with a complicated history.